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Next Generation!

Runaway - an image from 'Scene & Heard' by student Lucy Farrell

Runaway - an image from 'Scene & Heard' by student Lucy Farrell

What is the Next Generation?  It’s a moment in time to reflect upon what are the ingredients that make good arts in education or arts with young people here in the South West – though blogs as I understand have no geographical boundaries.  Why now?  Well the Arts Council in their strategic framework for the Arts ‘Achieving Great Art for Everyone’ has highlighted in its Goal Five that ‘Every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts’.  Hurrah!  So now is the time to highlight some of the great work that is going on in the region and to debate what makes it great and how we can learn from each other.  KEAP has tendered to initiate this debate.

Two weeks ago we put out a call for examples of innovative, interesting and inspiring work and my email has been red hot with people nominating projects.  They can only be categorised by their huge variety!  From a Gold Arts Award student in Camborne Community College creating a piece of theatre about how children in care often carried all their belongings in black plastic bags each time they moved home, when shown to people of influence, this changed local authority policy, to a dance project in Plymouth which started with 6 young dancer leaders and spread to 10,000 participants in Dance Explosion. 

This week I have attended a CYMAZ music session in the Methodist hall in my village with young people creating their own reggae surf song for recording on CYMAZ radio, the celebration of ‘Scene and Heard’ a media project we have run with CYMAZ with hard to reach young people exploring issues through photography, cartooning and podcasting for radio.  Wednesday am visiting Travelling Light Theatre Company in Bristol and Thursday the BBC Concert Orchestra visit Plymouth to plan their family orchestras for Devon and Cornwall linked to the Cultural Olympiad.  A rich mix!

Over the next six weeks we want to hear from you. Please share your thoughts and experiences – you can also add links to project pages, images or film.

It’s now over to you!

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Artist Resource Pack – Working as an Artist in Education

Working as an artist in education can be very rewarding, with many benefits. Exploring your art form with children will not only engage them in the creative process but also develop your confidence and abilities in this area. You never know- they might teach you something new!

In this pack you will find planning and evaluation resources, info on insurance, DBS checks and Child Safeguarding, template contracts and image permission forms – everything you need to get started!

Click here to download the Artist Resource Pack

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The Graham Kirkham Foundation

Grants for charitable work – with particular focus on social welfare, education and the arts.

The Graham Kirkham Foundation makes grants for general charitable purposes.  In 2010 it made 13 grants ranging from £1,000 to £50,000.
What can be funded?
The Foundation makes grants for activities in the following areas:

  • The promotion or development of the study of literature, art, music and science
  • Education for people of any age and physical education for young people at school or university
  • Relief of poverty
  • Relief of illness and research into the prevention of illness
  • The relief of suffering of birds and animals through the support of rescue homes, hospitals, sanctuaries and other similar organisations
  • The relief of poverty and hardship of people connected with the armed services
  • Drug misuse or dependence
  • Facilities for public recreation
  • The preservation of buildings of architectural interest or sites of historical interest or natural beauty.

When can you apply?
There are no application deadlines: apply at any time.

How to apply:

Apply in writing to the administrator:

Andrew Varnham, 8 Ebor Court, Redhouse Interchange, Adwick-Le-Street, Doncaster, DN6 7FE

Suitable for:
Applications welcomed from most groups

Please note that the foundation does not have a website. 

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wave – Bournemouth & Poole

wave arts education agency provides a source for inspiration and creativity between the arts and education communities in Bournemouth & Poole. Working with teachers, governors, artists, practitioners, local authority staff, and arts and cultural staff, our aim is to make a distinctive contribution to the enjoyment, confidence, skills and emotional well being of children and young people.

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Daisi – Devon

Daisi’s vision is for artistic and cultural experience to be at the heart of young people’s lives and learning.
Daisi’s mission is to work in partnership with artists and educators to enable arts and culture to enrich and inspire the lives, learning and futures of children and young people in our region.

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Spaeda – Somerset

We’re passionate about the difference the arts make to the lives of the children and young people we work with.

The arts inspire and engage, raise confidence and aspiration.

We believe that all children are entitled to a creative education and access to culture.

Schools that increase opportunities for creative learning and value the arts have been shown to raise attainment throughout the school and increase attendance.

Through arts projects, training, research and development , we raise aspirations and widen opportunities for 0 – 25’s and those who work with them.

Our core expertise is with education settings providing for key stages 1-5 and through our partners we provide support and signposting for EYFS and school leavers

We also work with specialist community groups, cultural and heritage organisations

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Creative Kernow


Creative Kernow

Formerly known as Cornwall Arts Centre Trust – ACT

Creative Kernow is one of Cornwall’s key creative sector organisations, established in 1983 and now running a number of well-known projects in Cornwall; it’s an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and a strategic client of Cornwall Council.

The key projects are:

  • Carn to Cove and C Fylm, Cornwall’s rural touring scheme for live performance and digital screenings
  • Cornwall 365, a partnership between the cultural and tourism sectors
  • Creative Skills, Cornwall’s leading professional development and business support agency for the creative sector
  • The FEAST scheme, investing in collaborative projects for communities and professional artists across Cornwall
  • Krowji, Cornwall’s largest creative cluster, providing studios and workspaces for up to 200 sector businesses and practitioners in Redruth

Creative Kernow has been closely involved with creative and cultural sector development in Cornwall for more than 20 years and has drawn down a wide range of European funds to support practitioners, communities and creative businesses.  For more details please see


Ross Williams, Director


West Park



TR15 3AJ

T 01209 313200

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DepARTure – Dorset

DepARTure arts is the Arts Education Agency for Dorset. We are here to provide advice and support to schools and youth organisations for the creative delivery of the arts.

Working in partnership – with schools, artists, arts and culture organisations, practitioners and local authority departments across arts.

What we offer:

  • Advice and information
  • Support and training
  • Project coordination

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