Media Release: £399,000 to boost youth arts provision in Aryshire

 National Youth Arts Strategy

 £399,000 to boost youth arts provision

in Aryshire  

CREATIVE Scotland is delighted to announce £399,000 support to help boost youth arts provision in Ayrshire.

The funding is being announced as part of Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy Time To Shine and will be used to create a network of nine regional Youth Arts Hubs from a total funding package of £3.1m, across the country.

The Hubs – in Aberdeen and North East, Argyll, Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow, Highlands, Moray and West Dunbartonshire – are being formed through partnerships between local and national arts and youth services providers, to increase access to youth arts across Scotland across a range of art forms.

Ayr Gaiety Partnership will work in partnership with youth and arts providers to deliver the Youth Arts Hub for Ayrshire through Ayrshine. Ayrshine is a youth-led arts initiative connecting artists, young people, public organisations and the voluntary sector across Ayrshire.

Its key elements include Ayrshine TV, new and existing events, a youth arts circuit and innovation projects. The main focus for Ayrshine activities is to support and extend youth arts activity outside formal schooling and education.

Youth Arts Hub partners for this area include Ayr Gaiety Partnership, Impact Arts, URTV, North, South & East Ayrshire Councils, University of the West of Scotland and Ayrshire College. (£399,000)

Jeremy Wyatt, executive director, Ayr Gaiety Partnership, said:

“We are delighted that Creative Scotland have decided to back the Ayrshire partnership. There are already productive new relationships forming and I expect the funding to be a catalyst for many more. Our first step will be setting up the youth panel to lead on the key decisions going forward.”

Acting as focal points for regional youth arts delivery, the Hubs will nurture and celebrate ambition, enthusiasm and talent in Scotland’s young people by improving the regional infrastructure. Young people will be central to the decision making process and development of the Youth Arts Hubs.

Leonie Bell, director of Arts & Engagement, Creative Scotland, said:

“Through making connections and developing new projects these Hubs will enable more children and young people to take part in creative activities close to where they live.

“These Hubs will not only create opportunities for young people to shine and express themselves creatively; but also by placing them at the heart of the creation and delivery of the new work, the young people will develop skills and expertise which will be invaluable to their futures.”

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Sectary for Culture Secretary, said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to supporting all of Scotland’s children and young people to flourish and achieve in the arts, and to make Scotland an international leader for creativity for children and young people. The Youth Arts Hubs will build on the well-established links between culture, education, youth employment and personal development, and will help us to deliver a step change in our youth arts provision in Scotland.”


Notes to editors:

Time to Shine: The Hubs are a key element of Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy, Time to Shine. The strategy sets out a vision and key recommendations to enable Scotland’s children and young people to flourish and achieve, in and through the arts and creativity.

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The £3.1m announced today is part of £5m funding awarded to Creative Scotland from Scottish Governments Young Scots Fund over the next two years to support initiatives based on key objectives of Time to Shine, Scotland National Youth Arts Strategy.

The Young Scots Fund was a significant initiative launched in the 2012-13 budget worth £50m that would invest over the following four years in emerging young talent in sport, enterprise and creativity. This investment in our young people is an investment in a better future for Scotland. It will range across a number of projects. It will provide opportunities for developing, encouraging and building talent, for Young Scots to excel and realise their potential as our future entrepreneurs, creative practitioners and sports champions.

Creative Scotland is the national organisation that funds and supports the development of Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries. Creative Scotland has four objectives: to develop and sustain a thriving environment for the arts, screen and creative industries; to support excellence in artistic and creative practice; to improve access to and participation in, arts and creative activity; and to deliver our services efficiently and effectively.

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