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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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MacRobert Trust

The MacRobert Trust’s minor categories are:

• Agriculture and Horticulture
• Arts and Music
• Medical Care
• Tarland and Deeside

The Trustees look for clear, realistic and attainable aims. Grants vary, but most lie between £5,000 and £10,000.

The Trustees recognise that it is often difficult to raise core/revenue funding; thus they are prepared to consider core/revenue grants where appropriate, but projects will always attract favour. They also recognise that, at present, experiment and innovation are much more difficult to fund and the Trust’s role in funding them is, therefore, the more significant.

For more information, visit

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Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation


Trustess meet four time per year January, April, July and October. See website for specific deadlines.

The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation considers grant applications from charitable organisations working in a number of areas, including the performing arts and music. The Trustees meet quarterly to decide grant allocation.

Performing arts (excluding music)
The Foundation has been a consistent supporter of the performing arts. The Trustees intend to maintain that policy with particular emphasis on financial support for not-for-profit companies with a record of artistic excellence that require additional funding, not available from public sources or commercial sponsorship, to broaden their repertoire or develop work of potentially outstanding interest which cannot be funded from usual sources. Assistance will also be considered for training and professional development for creative talent or the technical professions.

The Trustees recognise that music is seriously under-funded in the UK and will consider applications for support in those areas of music performance and education which do not readily attract backing from commercial sponsors or other funding bodies, or which are not eligible for public funding. Priority will be directed towards supporting the work or education of musicians based in, or wishing to study in, the UK, but by no means exclusively so. An important criterion will be whether, in the opinion of the Trustees, the funding sought will make a significant difference to the applicant’s prospects.

Contact details

The Foundation does not have an application form. Applications in writing only to Karen Marshall, Administrator, Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, 2nd Floor, 20-22 Stukeley Street, London WC2B 5LR. Visit for more information.

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The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation (England and Wales only)

Suitable for
The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation aims to improve the quality of life particularly of those in need. Funding can be for education, arts, religion, community, children and youth, health, social welfare, environment and amateur sport. Generally capital projects only.

Funding amount
From less than £1,000 to £250,000

Not specified

Further info
For more information, please

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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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