This year at the Summer Arts College

Sheffield Live! reporter Emma Wass interviews Natasha Marshall and Jacob Whitehead about this year’s Summer Arts College.


Natasha is a Restorative Justice Mentor for Sheffield YOS, the Youth Offending Service, and was one of the organisers of the three-week course. Jacob Whitehead, one of this year’s participants, talked to us about the workshops they attended, as well as what he had learnt and how he felt it would help him towards a future career in the music and arts industry.

As well as giving these young people something worthwhile to do over the summer, the project was also about giving them a focus and preparing them for a future career, encouraging them to rebuild their lives.

Workshops included drumming, street art, break dancing, music production, mixing and learning interview techniques at Sheffield Live! 93.2FM.

Project Coordinator Katie Ryan with three of the successful participants

Project Coordinator Katie Ryan with three of the successful participants

All nine of the participants passed the course and were awarded with the Bronze Arts Award on Friday. At a celebration event at the Showroom Cinema on Friday, August 27, they were joined by friends and family to view a film of the highlights of the project created by Jacqui Bellamy.

Communities Live was invited to take a look at the exhibition of their work where Emma Wass spoke with Project Coordinator Katie Ryan.


The report was aired on Communities Live on August 25 and September 1.