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Find Your Talent Leeds formally ended as a programme in early 2011, but there’s a host of activity taking place in the city which is continuing to build on the FYT experience. 
 
Arts Exchange
Leeds City Council’s Arts & Regeneration and Artforms teams have worked with CAPE UK to develop a range of professional development programmes for creative practitioners.  These opportunities are responses to needs identified through FYT, supporting those working with children and young people in a range of settings.  They include:
 
Mind Your Own Business (14th June, 12.30-5pm, Mint Hotel Leeds, £10), a World Cafe event for practitioners in the creative sector with Dr Chris Seeley.
 
Safeguarding and the Arts (30th June, 10am-4pm, West Park Centre, £20), for freelance artists and arts organisations.
 
Demonstrating Impactembedding evaluation in art form practice (12 July, 10am-4pm, Howard Assembly Rooms, £20), which will explore how to evaluate impact effectively and with integrity.
 
Artforms are also consulting about the development of further Action Learning Sets for freelance artists and practitioners from arts organisations.  More about all of these activities and events on www.artformsleeds.co.uk
 
Recipe for Life and Stand in the Place where you Live
FYT has also inspired two fantastic live events taking place at West Yorkshire Playhouse this summer.  Space 2’s “Recipe for Life” (15 and 16 July, WYP Courtyard Theatre, 7.45pm) will bring together a mouthwatering menu of presentations from dance and performance poetry to music and film.  It gathers the professional and community arts groups that work with Space 2, showcasing lots of ideas and performances originally developed through FYT.
 
Meanwhile “Stand in the Place where you Live” (14 July, WYP Courtyard Theatre, 7.45pm) is an unique Leeds-wide youth drama showcase, co-ordinated by the FYT-established Leeds Drama Network, and featuring short performances of original work from up to eight different groups.  Booking details and more info on these shows available at www.wyp.org.uk.
 
Breeze and Breeze Culture Network
The practical tools developed through FYT continue to serve the creative community as well as children and young people in Leeds.  More organisations than ever are spreading news about their events and activities through www.breezeculturenetwork.org, while an incredible 160,000 young people in Leeds now have Breezecards and receive information on offers and opportunities.  We’re also looking forward to more from the Breeze Has Talent competition this year following December’s fantastic finale at Leeds Town Hall. 
 
Publications
Cultural organisations and their practice are also supported by the recent publication of Leeds FYT’s “8 Best Practice Principles” for cultural projects with young people, and “Getting in the Frame”, a user’s guide to the range of quality assurance frameworks currently applicable to this area of work.
 
Also forthcoming is a set of FYT Case Studies, which collects experiences, lessons and testimony from some of the finest FYT projects of the last two years.  Meanwhile, “Arts Make A Difference”, to be launched at an Artforms event with FYT area schools on 28th June 2011, will provide guidance about how to build innovative cultural work into school policy and strategy.
 
Times may in many ways be tough, but there is still plenty of cultural opportunity in Leeds and the demand from young people is as high as ever.  Leeds’s youth and cultural organisations, often working with and alongside the city’s schools, continue to do a great job in meeting these needs.
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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

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.

Find Your Talent are funding and supporting an innovative project that was piloted in May 2009 at Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery. 

The Young Curators project is a unique opportunity that connects young people aged 16 – 19 interested in art, design and museums to an ambitious programme of activities including creating their own exhibition. Through FYT support Young Curators is now able to build on the successes of its first year and engage more young people in this vibrant project. 

During the project – which ran for nine months – six young people from the Leeds area visited exhibitions, took part in workshops, and organised an inspirational event at the Leeds Met Gallery, titled It’s Not The End Of The World . 

The group of aspiring curators and artists worked together alongside experienced gallery staff and freelance artists (and curators) producing an exhibition that borrowed work from the Arts Council Collection and related works by Yorkshire artists. 

Taking part in Young Curators helps to build confidence, develops skills in public speaking, research, project management and writing. It can also provide an invaluable hands-on approach to event management and planning. 

For further information please contact:  Shelley Hollingdrake, Education & Projects Officer, Leeds Met Gallery & Studio Theatre 0113 812 9165

Following a wealth of excellent feedback from parents in the Leeds area 2010’s new Breeze Calendar has been distributed to 107,000 Breeze card holders via Leeds schools this month.

Highlighting interesting events in the Breeze calendar alongside international events (such as World Book Day) the calendar has been produced to raise cultural awareness and activities in the Leeds area.

Some of the images included are representative of major events in the calendar – such as Lightnight Leeds and Leeds Young People’s Film Festival.

The Breeze Calendar provides a monthly listing of events happening in and around the Leeds area. It has been particularly useful to parents during the summer holidays providing a central reference point for all Breeze and Leeds City Council public events.

For further information on events happening around Leeds please check the Breeze Leeds Website  for up-to-date listings.

 

S-T-R-E-T-C-H were awarded a grant from Find Your Talent (Leeds) to work with a group of young people from care homes in Leeds and create museum collections from their personal belongings. The project was a great opportunity for young people to think about museum collections in a new way and included workshops in the care homes as well as visits to Leeds City Museum and the Discovery Centre.

Through these workshops participants gained confidence and were more able to communicate their ideas and creativity through the project that resulted in a final display piece Bad Girls Museum. They also gained Arts Award qualifications that are nationally recognised.

S-T-R-E-T-C-H is an arts charity established six years ago by Carlotta Goulden that works alongside disadvantaged groups, museums and gallery spaces. The York based charity founder was the workshop leader on the My Museum project, she commented that working with looked after children had been ‘really successful’ and is ‘something we feel really strongly about and have been really encouraged by going into their homes and engaging with them in this way’.

Last month we blogged about the Text Message Museum project being led by Lisa Roberts from Blink. Here’s a sneak preview of some of the poems written by Yr7 students from Bruntcliffe School in Morley who visited Kirkstall Abbey.

The Warming Room
Three other monks
Crowd round the fire
They were getting warm
My fifteen minutes were up
Reece Jameson

Prison
I am preparing the cell
For a bad monk
Who must have been greedy
Or stolen something precious
Morgan Halliday

I only eat once a day
And I sometimes dream of eating what I want
I am being called by the boss
To come and help with the choir
Tia

Breeze Culture Network now includes contacts for all Primary and High schools in Leeds. This is a great opportunity for members of BCN and will make the task of contacting schools to share information about funding and training opportunities much easier than in the past. Over the next few weeks we will be focussing our membership recruitment on early years and encouraging all childrens centres in Leeds to register with the network.

 

Over October half term a group of young people from across Leeds attended a CapeUK consultation workshop at Studio12. The workshop aimed to find out what young people think is important when it comes to providing a high quality arts experience . Their opinions will contribute to Find Your Talent’s on-going quality assurance work.

During the workshop participants created a larger than life  3D collage of the ‘ideal’ artist and the results were captured on stop frame animation. The group created four videos in total – this one describes the kind of knowledge that an artist should have, whilst the others show what young people expect from a practitioner in terms of experience, values and attitudes.

You can view the rest of the animations at: http://www.youtube.com/rawtalentinthemaking

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CapeUK were recently appointed to deliver the first phase of FYT’s Quality Assurance brief. Over the next few months CapeUK will be consulting with a wide range of stakeholders from Leeds’ cultural and education sectors to produce the following outcomes:

  • A QA badging system that reflects best practise frameworks currently in use by arts organisations and schools.
  • A Code Of Conduct written in consultation with creative practitioners working with children and young people.
  • An assessment of regional QA training provision and recommendations for QA training themes to be delivered during Phase2

Consultation will take place online; at events; and through phone interviews. If you are interested in participating in this research please contact abby.dix-mason@leeds.gov.uk for more information.

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.