Arts Council England have awarded over £98,000 following a bid by education charity the Aldridge Foundation in partnership with two of the city’s leading arts organisations, Photoworks and Lighthouse, to deliver an exciting new arts education programme for students at the Brighton & Portslade Aldridge Community Academies.
Art at Work will provide students at the two academies in Falmer and Portslade with the opportunity to gain real understanding of how to become a creative professional through a range of first hand experiences.
The creative industries account for around £1 in every £10 of the UK’s exports* and Brighton is home to some of the UK’s best artists, photographers, creative technologists, game designers and digital developers. Art at Work will bring these professionals into the Academies. The project will also set up mentoring and shadowing schemes, organise visits to contemporary exhibitions, and create opportunities for students to visit professionals in their workplace. In 2014 the project will provide students with the skills and expertise necessary to create their own citywide programme of exhibitions and community events, enabling them to showcase what they have learnt during the two-year project.
The aim of the project, which kicks off this month, is to create sustainable links between the city’s arts and creative industries, young people, and the communities of Portslade and Falmer. It will include a programme of inspiring community-based events collaboratively devised and curated by young people working with artists, photographers, digital developers, creative organisations and community members.
There will also be a focus on training in the creative use of technology inside and outside the classroom, creative and digital careers awareness, and contemporary film, photography and digital media practice. The sessions will aim to support, inspire and train teachers and youth and community leaders, promote networking and establish stronger links with the city’s cultural offer.
Natasha Silsby, The Aldridge Foundation’s Community Manager for Brighton & Hove says: ”Art at Work is a great opportunity for students to develop the confidence and skills they may need to enjoy, participate, contribute to and work successfully in a sector of enormous local and national significance. Winning this award is wonderful news for our students and the City’s arts community.”
Juliette Buss, Participation & Learning Curator at Photoworks:
“This is a very exciting and important opportunity. This level of funding will help us to bring some really outstanding, world class photographers and artists to work with the students, and that direct contact can have such an impact on how students view their own potential, and how they understand what it really takes to be a game-designer, photographer or curator”.
Donna Close, Arts & Culture Manager at Brighton & Hove City Council:
“Art at Work links our leading arts organisations with the city’s young people, helping to nurture and support the creative entrepreneurs and cultural place makers of the future. This has been funded through the city council’s public art policy indicating how the city continues to work in partnership to find new ways of supporting sustainable cultural projects that have a real impact on the economy and identity of the city.”