New Shoes

mac birmingham presents

Free | Every Monday | 6pm - 8pm | mac birmingham | Monday 19th September 2016 - Monday 27th March 2017 | 6 months

New Shoes is an exciting creative development project that allows young people across Birmingham to develop their individual creative identity and set up their own imaginative projects within their local communities. Launched by mac birmingham’s Next Generation Programme and delivered by Beatfreeks, New Shoes is designed to enable young people to acquire lifelong skills; realise their future creative potential and make positive contributions within society.

New Shoes is for young people aged 16-24 years who are based in Birmingham and who have an interest in arts and creativity, tackling local community issues and bringing ideas to life. The programme is designed for young people who currently don’t have access to regular creative opportunities and no previous experience is required.

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Through the New Shoes Get Started Project we also work in partnership with The Princes Trust, offering a range of creative workshops as part of their regular provision for young people in challenging circumstances.

For more information about the Princes Trust Fairbridge programme please contact

New Shoes works in partnership with The Princes Trust to create a supportive group for young people to discuss issues that affect them and creatively explore the impact of these issues whilst learning new skills. Since realising how powerful this can be, we have now set our minds to challenge you to speak."

Flora Slorach

Link to the New Shoes Blog HERE

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New Shoes Outcomes

Over the last 6 months, 60 participants have:

  • Benefitted from tailored mentoring and support from trained facilitators and access to professional industry experts including Videographer Paul Stringer, Poet Luci Hammans and Musician Alisha Kadir to develop creative and enterprise skills. This also provided an opportunity for young people to try something new and challenge themselves artistically.
  • Honed in on their personal preferences and created a project through their preferred art form; photography, writing, performance poetry, film-making and public speaking.
  • Focused on the importance of their own individual story and how that can influence their lives for the better, both professionally and personally.
  • Worked together to create campaigns that would be presented at The Social Exchange enabling the group to develop communication, teamwork, problem solving and planning skills. Campaigns included: Why am I here? A poetry and photography book exploring the reasons we are on this planet; The pursuit of happiness which was a TED TALKS style speech with an inspirational video and involved a top 5 tips to keeping happy; and a short film called Why did I do this? Which aimed to inform and educate young people of the dangers of taking drugs.
  • Gained access to space, resources and the potential of financial support to help develop their social action projects from inception to delivery.
  • Gained confidence in themselves, their abilities and their creative practice by spending time pushing themselves, trying new things and practicing their skills.
  • Took part in a range of live events including Poetry Jam by Beatfreeks, a writing and performing workshop by Mouthy Poets and BLACK by Twenty Stories High which helped them to gain knowledge of the arts industry.


  • Number of Festivals and Events: 4
  • Number of Workshops: 16
  • Young people have performed at Poetry Jam, been commissioned by Beatfreeks and BrumVotes to make a video produced a book and performed at The Princes Trust, obtained place on an Access to Music Course, took part in a production at The Drum, and signed up to Somewhere To to use space to further their practice.

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