Our work with young people includes Arts Award courses, from Discover and Explore to Bronze, Silver and Gold. It's like Duke of Edinburgh, but for the arts. Suitable for children aged 5 up to young people aged 24, Arts Award is a fantastically flexible qualification that develops young people's creative and soft skills as well as equipping them with an insight into how the arts might work for them as a career.
We ran a Silver Arts Award course for teenagers living in BS13 in 2019. They chose to focus street photography and graphic design. They worked with specialist photography tutor Shelby Alexander and art tutor Lulu Butcher at Creative Workspace, and exhibited work as part of the Southbank Bristol Arts Trail at the Tobacco Factory and the Southville Centre.
As part of their course they also planned, delivered and evaluated a range of creative workshops for younger children which were held at our community arts centre Creative Workspace.
You can keep see more of their artwork here.
We're very proud to announce that we are one of the six industry partners selected by Bristol + Bath R&D to run a research project on the theme of Expanded Performance.
We will be working closely with Merchants Academy in Withywood along witho other youth organisations in Bristol to explore whether the use of technology in performing arts opportunities means young people from less privileged backgrounds are more likely to engage.
We hope our research will help arts organisations to create performing arts offers in the future that appeal to young people from all backgrounds.
More information about the Expanded Performance project here.
Designs by young people from Merchants' Academy for a mural which was painted at Creative Workspace inJuly 2019 by Amy Hutchings and the young people.
Expanded Performance: Bristol +Bath R&D
research project to benefit 11-16 year olds, May-Sept 2020
"Nothing Is Impossible"
mural design and painting project for young people from Hartcliffe & Withywood, 2019
Lead Artist: Amy Hutchings
Partners: Merchants Academy, Withywood
Supported by Arts Council England