29 January 2018
YEI client has produce an incredible mural in the APM office in Chelmlsley Wood.

23 year old, James Sweeney was an out of work graduate who came to APM in search of help and understanding and little did he know, he would find much more in the shape of a brilliant opportunity to pursue the art that he loves.

The Animation and Film graduate came to APM at the beginning of the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) contract back in December 2016. It was when he brought in his portfolio to show his advisor that Stuart Baxter recognised his talent.

Stuart, the YEI Business Manager, said “it was clear he had a great talent which sparked an idea that maybe we could give him the opportunity to showcase his work and we could brighten up the office for staff and visitors with a mural.”

Armed with his instructions to produce a mural to reflect the YEI contract in Solihull James set to work back in April coming in in his spare time to have now finally finished.

Stuart said “We gave him a loose brief and wanted to let him be creative with it but we weren’t expecting to end up with something of the quality that we did! It really is an amazing mural that brings so much to the office.”
James said “I thought I was just going to get generic career advice when I first came in but the way that the APM staff have worked with me and supported me has really help me to progress.”

He added “it has been great getting a chance to do what I love and to have it so readily on display has been a huge platform for me to showcase my work.”

Through APM’s connections, James is now getting support from Princes Trust Enterprise in hope of setting up as self-employed commissioning his own art work. Things are getting exciting for him as local art organisation, B37 Art Hub, visited the Chelmsley Wood office to view the mural and now have high hopes for working with him. There is definitely a bright future ahead for this young artist.


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