Holmfirth artist Kate Woodfield hosted a regular workshop group at Gildersome Children’s Centre for parents and their children during July. The grand opening of the finished mural will take place at a celebration on 23rd July.

The workshops have included a fantastic range of activities including storytelling and crafts which have inspired the creation of the mural. Parents and children have worked together to create acetate mobiles and a curtain with stories and photographs encapsulated in the plastic as part of the garden display. Bright printed cushions and a wicker scarecrow have also been produced for the Gildersome Scarecrow Festival 2010.

The children’s centre has used this opportunity to work with the artist on enhancing their outdoor playspace. It has also supported  parents in finding their creative feet and encouraged families to develop ways of applying their skills in the home environment.

Earlyarts will be hosting a Professional Development Day at Temple Newsam – themed on Engaging Parents – on Friday 16th of July.

Leeds’ Earlyarts will host a day of networking activities including two practical workshops – drama techniques with Tell Tale Hearts (children’s touring theatre company) and visual arts with Kate Woodfield – there will also be a presentation based around the Parent’s Arts Award.

Earlyarts Professional Development Days are for arts, cultural and early years professionals who want to explore creative practices in their work with young children and families. The day explores case studies, connects colleagues with other networks around the region and helps gain new ideas and skills to put into practice.

Friday 16th July, 10am-3pm at Temple Newsam House, Leeds. For further information visit http://www.earlyarts.co.uk

Pupils from St.Joseph’s Primary (Hunslet) and Gildersome Primary created vibrant collages and drawings alongside local artist Steve Pool on Friday morning at Leeds City Art Gallery.

They were joined by Cllr Adam Ogilvie for workshops inspired by some of the vibrant abstract images on Leeds Gallery’s walls.  Many of the children have now entered Friday’s creations into the Open Show competition.  

Pupils from across the city have created paintings, sketches and sculptures over the past few months in the run up to this year’s Open Show, which is supported by the national Find Your Talent programme. Hundreds of entries have already been submitted for this year’s event, organisers are encouraging even more families (young people, children, pre-schoolers and adults) to try out their artistic skills for Leeds Art Gallery’s August opening.

The next Open Show workshops will be held at the gallery on Wednesday 7th of July for the city’s primary and secondary school pupils. There are also free additional Children’s Art Day workshops for families and their children with two all-day workshop events being held on 10th and 17th July.

Children and Young People from various parts of Leeds have taken part in local workshops, especially in areas such as Seacroft, Inner North West, and Morley which are target areas for Find Your Talent in the city. By encouraging families to participate and enter Open Show the gallery hopes to expand on the vibrant entries that have already been received for this year’s event.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Executive Board Member for Leisure commented “This year’s Open Show workshops have proved to be a huge hit with young people in Leeds. By encouraging their creativity and artistic talent in an inspirational environment families and their children have produced a wealth of innovative artwork. It just goes to show how art and design can have a positive impact on ambition, aspiration and approaches to the city’s cultural environment.”

Open Show (with support from Find Your Talent) is open for the first time to young people aged 18 and under. The competition is open to anyone from the Yorkshire region aged 0 to over 100.

200 selected young entrants will have their work professionally hung at Leeds City Art Gallery during the summer holidays. The works will be chosen by a panel of young people aged 16-19 from the Leeds Met Gallery Young Curators Group.

Click this link for information on how to enter.

Under The Parasol is an early years theatre project by the Tutti Frutti theatre company that will be taking place in Morley’s schools and libraries and at the Little London Children Centre throughout July. There will also be a performance at Shine in Harehills.

Based on the Smarties Book Prize winning novel Hue Boy by Rita Phillips Mitchell, the touring theatre performance explores themes of family, self-esteem, community, food from other cultures, healthy living and fathers and sons. The workshops encourage children to create and perform their own stories and develops literary skills.

A heart-warming tale set in a Caribbean village, Hue Boy is performed by the actor Stewart Thomas to children aged 4-7. Set in a village in Belize Hue Boy’s dilemma is that he is smaller than the other children his age, he has to eat healthy food to make him grow taller. The story follows Hue’s journey of exercise, food and potions to make him grow.

With a stunning theatre set  by the designer Alison Heffernan, the children from Morley, Little London and Harehills will be invited to sit in the storytelling zone and enjoy this unique interactive experience.

 

 


The Leeds-based South Asian Arts UK (SAA-uk) has hosted an array of Find Your Talent workshops across the city since September last year which has given young people the chance to explore their cultural heritage through music, dance and theatre.

SAA-uk was established in 1997 to promote engagement with traditional and contemporary South Asian arts. It delivers a diverse range of programmes and activities for children, young people and their families through education programmes, concerts and investment in South Asian arts development.

Supported by Find Your Talent, SAA-uk have held guitar workshops for 9-10 year olds at Shakespeare Primary School in Burmantofts, led by the accomplished musician Giuliano Modarelli. The group also visited a live performance by Alex Teymour Housego’s Alcazaba, a flamenco/ middle eastern fusion band at the Seven Arts venue in Chapel Allerton.

Since January members of the Punjabi Language School have met regularly at the GNNSJ Sikh Temple in Beeston on Wednesday evenings. The project included an introduction to the theatre with a trip to The Carriageworks to see a production of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

The visit was followed by a day-long workshop at the GNNSJ temple facilitated by leading storyteller and drama coach Ursula Holden Gill. The day included games based on Animal Farm, looking at representations of animal types and characteristics with mask-making and live performances.

During the final phase of workshops girls from City of Leeds High School took part in Bollywood dance workshops at The Cardigan Centre.

The after-school sessions, hosted by Rushia Uzmi (Dola), came to an end in June and the group are now looking forward to attending the new show Britain’s Got Bhangra at West Yorkshire Playhouse. The hit play from Rifco Arts traces the history of Bhangra through the story of Twinkle (an 80s British Bhangra icon who goes bankrupt with only dreams of a number one hit to keep him going) and will be coming to Leeds in July.

The confidence of the workshop participants has developed in many ways throughout this project which has seen young people build on their creative skills, gain Arts Award qualification and establish new friendships.

Watch out Leeds – preparations are gathering pace for the start of the Summer School Musical (SSM) 2010!

Last year SSM, delivered by the White Rose Learning Centre, saw young people from Morley work with 3 artists to create a fabulous performance in the space of just one week.

This year the event is raising the bar and joining forces with young people from across the 3 FYT localities to create a performance which will showcase at the Howard Assembly Rooms in Leeds city centre.

SSM is a fantastic platform to build young peoples talent and has been brought to life by the White Rose Learning Team, Derek Fatchett Learning Centre and the BBC Media Centre at Primrose High School. 

This inspiring partnership will support the young people as they are put through their creative paces by musician, Danny Gough; visual artist, Naomi Parker and drama facilitator, Claire Bleasdale.

Another week and another great example of how culture is creating strong community links through the work of Find Your Talent Leeds.

Year 2 children from Asquith Primary School in Morley are exploring the past through a heritage project led by Creative Facilitator, Irene Lofthouse.

Children and their teachers are bringing to life the history of the markets town’s key buildings and landmarks.  The work will form the basis of a child and family friendly Morley heritage trail connecting the experiences of different generations.

This project reflects  a key strand to Find Your Talent Leeds ethos; linking together different partners to engage all children and families in their cultural heritage and connect communities.

Irene has worked with Find Your Talent , Artemis (Education Leeds), Leeds Libraries; Leeds Museums and Galleries; Morley Archives and Morley Local History Group to create an inspirational learning experience for children. It draws on some of the exciting resources Leeds has to offer to make the history of Morley relevant to children who live there now.

The Leeds Be Healthy! Be Creative healthy schools programme offers a choice of over 100 challenges for schools that involve individuals, classes, teachers, families and year groups to choose to ‘just do one thing well’. This summer’s 2010 term will see a celebration event taking place at the Leeds Met Carnegie site on June 29th.

The challenges last for at least six weeks, which involve changing habits for the long term. For example, using Breeze to access information, visiting heritage sites on a regular basis, or learning a musical instrument.

The celebration event will have 60 schools participating, showing each other their achievements whilst having an opportunity to try out two of the six workshops being offered during the exciting ‘festival’ themed day including Circus Skills, Slam Poetry, Bhangra Dancing, African Drumming, Drama and Singing.

The programme has held five young leaders training days in April at Park Spring Primary, Morley High School, Templenewsam Halton Primary, Abbey Grange High and Wigton Moor Primary. Children and young people on the Young Leaders programme took part in activities that included confidence building, decision making, teamwork, presentation, and recording and evaluation skills.

The Young Leaders go back to their schools to run challenges with other pupils. Creative crew at the Carnegie event will be composed of Young Leaders who will help support the day and organise/plan the event.

One of the yr 4 pupils from Wigton Moor Primary has created this short poem from the BHBC Young Leaders training session, which describes some of the key points from their recent workshops;

Switch off the lights
Turn off the taps
Recycle your rubbish
Think about that
Think about the world
Our environment too
It’s got to last a long time
Not just for me, but for all of you too.

Young people from residential care homes in Leeds are shaping the Find Your Talent programme for Looked After Children across the city. The range of creative interests that young people have shared with us over the past six months reveals their passion for culture and a clear demand for opportunities to develop their creative skills.

All FYT Leeds work in residential care homes is developed in consultation with young people and currently includes keyboard and music lessons; a mini outdoor stage; drama workshops; textile and screen printing; and cultural visits to museums and galleries.

This strand of Looked After Children work is committed to providing cultural opportunities for young people in every Leeds City Council (LCC) care home and is delivered in partnership with LCC’s Out-Of-School Activities team.

Visitors to this blog will be aware that the new Government is making wide ranging cuts.  Today we heard that the final year of Find Your Talent is one of the victims of these cuts and affects all ten pathfinders across the country.  We are yet to hear the final implications of this on the programmes we have been developing.

We are sorry to share this bad news, especially as with our wide range of project partners we have built some great relationships and delivered real change to young people’s lives.

We are currently working hard to identify what can be salvaged from this and the team is exploring all possibilities to ensure we can deliver as much of the programme as we can.  We are trying to work through these issues rapidly and hope to share more information about what we can do and what we can’t.

We will be contacting our project partners directly over the next few days but if there are any specific immediate concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will tell you as much as we know.

Further updates about these funding cuts and how they are affecting the Leeds pathfinder will be posted on the blog as and when we receive the information.

Leeds Find Your Talent Team

What was FYT?

Find Your Talent was a national programme to explore new ways of opening up cultural and creative opportunities to young people. Leeds was one of the ten FYT Pathfinders in England.

The programme was led by Leeds City Council and Education Leeds, working closely together and with the city's cultural and community sectors to find ways for more young people to participate in the cultural life of the city.

FYT was funded to operate between 2008-2011 but its legacy in Leeds continues through activities under the Breeze banner, as well as other initiatives.