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

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20th October, introductory session at Perry Road 4.30-6.30pm
23rd-24th October at Arnolfini

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.

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 in mid-October to get to know each other as a group, and then we will make our avatars across the weekend of 23rd-24th October. 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

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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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