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Young Peoples Arts Co-operatives

Find Your Talent North Somerset’s principal aim is to create an environment in which children and young people have opportunities to be creative, generate ideas, design, deliver and experience a diverse range of creative and cultural learning opportunities.

6th April 2010

Through these cultural experiences we encourage their independent thinking and support them to become the next generation of cultural leaders.

These projects are a way for children and young people to affect real change and enable them to communicate the issues which are important to them as well as offering the opportunity to become the key decision makers.

In order to encourage children and young people to develop these skills Find Your Talent North Somerset supports them in setting up their own cultural and creative projects, which leads to them taking ownership over the Find Your Talent programme.

These include:

Young Peoples Arts Co-operatives

The Young Peoples Arts Co-operative is being piloted at Backwell Secondary School, and is a fantastic opportunity for young people who are interested or wish to be in the creative and cultural industries.

It offers young people the support and guidance to develop their practice, offers them an opportunity to expand their portfolio while working with other young artists, cultural practitioners and organisations.

The Young Peoples Arts Co-operative:

  • is run entirely by young people.
  • is facilitated by 2 young project managers funded through the Find Your Talent Arts Bursary.
  • is open to young people aged 14-25, encompassing those who are still in full time education, those who have left and have not continued on the FE or HE and those who may have finished in HE and find themselves unable to gain work in the Creative industries.
  • provides an opportunity for young people to gain work experience as well as build up their personal portfolios.
  • allows young people to develop their own creative projects, which are managed by the ‘graduate’ facilitators. These projects could be developed from within the co operative or in collaboration with schools, youth groups or cultural practitioners and organisations.
  • is open to receive commissions from external partners and agencies. This creates opportunities for young people to gain professional experience working with clients, developing project briefs and expanding their own portfolios.