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1-2 Perry Road, Bs1 5BQ
Arnolfini, BS1 4QA

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Next sessions start February. Exact dates to be confirmed. Please register your interest at the ‘Sign up’ button.

Have you ever wondered how the relationship you have with your body impacts your mental health? In our new project ‘Grow Your Own Avatar’, a collaboration with OTR and Bristol-based dance-tech company May Productions, you can explore the way your body makes you feel.

The first Grow Your Own Avatar workshop was a huge success and as a result we’ll be holding another full day event next February. Sign ups for this next session are temporarily closed but we’ll let you know if anything changes!

Below is some of the art created during the first round of sessions.  


You will have the opportunity to create your own avatars with super-cool virtual reality specialists at the Arnolfini (Bristol city centre). These avatars will be designed and created based on ‘how we would look if we looked how we felt’! You’ll be using, colour, shape, movement, collage, mark making and virtual reality to create a ‘you’ that feels authentic.

OTR will be hosting two introductory workshops to get to know each other as a group, and then we will make our avatars across a weekend in February. Your vision will be expertly created over the winter months for an exhibition in London next year. All travel will be paid for if you choose to attend!

Please note, this project aims to primarily reach young people who identify as:

  • Disabled
  • Neurodivergent
  • Person of colour
  • LGBTQ+
  • Young men
  • Care experienced or in care
  • Refugees
  • Asylum seekers


If you have any questions, please email

In collaboration with 

Grow Your Own Avatar is part of OTR’s Art Works – a series of wellbeing projects exploring arts and acting to ensure that creativity is accessible to all young people.

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