Piece by Piece is a Comic Relief-funded partnership project with Newport Mind and Maindee Youth supporting families and young people with mental health issues, especially those from low-income or BAME backgrounds or who are LGBTQ+.
The project sees writers and artists partnered to create poems, films and music projects to support those families.
Its creative aim is to address trauma and reduce the impact of poor mental health by sharing experiences through creative activities such as spoken word poetry, digital stories, drama, illustration and creative writing.
The artists involved include Connor Allen, Sarah Bawler, Georgina Harris, Samantha Jones, Andy O’Rourke, clare e. potter, Bill Taylor-Beales, Uschi Turoczy, Serena Lewis, William Tremlett and Duke Al Durham. Holly Clark, Leanne Evans, Hannah Lloyd, Amy Moody, and Yasmin Williams are shadowing artists. All were chosen following an open call-out in September 2020.
You can read Bill’s thoughts on the project and watch the film he made here.
Comic Relief received a total of 396 applications worldwide when it opened this funding scheme in 2010. Piece by Piece was one of only nine UK projects awarded funding and is the only one in Wales.