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Reporters from LSLive are preparing to report at Leeds Lights Switch-On 2010! The LSLive crew will be catching the buzz from the crowd at this years event which kicks off at 7pm Thursday 18 November. Some of the reporters will be given backstage access and will  meet  the celebreties involved in the evening’s festivities. This year’s roll call of famous peeps at the event includes Shayne Ward, McFly, Kelly Brazil and Leeds very own Demeanour (winners of Breeze Has Talent).

Anyone interested in becoming an LSLive reporter should email alison.booth@radiowaves.co.uk . You just need to be aged between 13 – 19 and living in Leeds.

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On Sunday 8th August this year’s Open Show competition will open to the general public. Featuring an array of work from all ages – Leeds Art Gallery will be displaying the finalists’ work from this weekend.

More than 600 children and young people from 22 schools across Leeds submitted paintings, tapestries, drawings and sculptures to be considered for this year’s annual show. Find Your Talent have supported workshops across the city, which have resulted in an exceptionally high standard of entries from children and young people in Leeds. 

Curated by the Leeds Met Gallery’s Young Curator’s Group, the under 18s section of the show will be displayed in the upstairs Number 14
Gallery alongside other submissions in the adult category; all children and young people’s work has been professionally framed especially for the show.

This year’s Open Show will be judged as part of the Yorkshire Evening Post’s People’s Choice Award. Voting slips and a ballot box will be available to visitors throughout the show, which runs until September 19th. The winner of 2010’s competition will be announced before the end of the exhibition.

Cllr Adam Ogilvie, Executive Board Member for Leisure commented:

“Much of this year’s excellent artwork has come through local workshops which have helped develop the already burgeoning talent in Leeds’ primary and secondary schools. It is heartening to see so many gifted young artists’ work sitting alongside adult submissions – and matching them in quality, innovation, creativity and depth. This year’s Open Show has proved to be a resounding success”.

A private view for the children and young people’s show takes place on Friday afternoon.

Opening times are: Monday & Tuesday 10am – 5pm; Wednesday 12pm – 5pm; Thursday – Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 1pm – 5pm; and closed on bank holidays.

Admission is free.

Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AA / Tel: 0113 247 8256

Seacroft's Firebird Dancers

A group of pupils from Parklands Girls’ School, Seacroft have taken part in an exciting final celebration of the Find Your Talent programme at London’s Southbank Centre, performing Firebird alongside Phoenix Dance Theatre Academy dancers.

Six girls involved in Leeds’ Find Your Talent programme took part in the ‘Share Your Talent’ event on Thursday 22nd July which featured inspiring music and dance performances highlighting what can be achieved when young people are able to access arts and cultural activity to help them to develop their creative skills and talents.

Young people from across England proudly showcased what they have learnt as a result of the 18 month programme. Groups from all the pathfinder areas performed including a fashion show by design students from Leicestershire; a Bhangra drumming bonanza performance by the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH), and a gospel choir from Merseyside who re-arranged two classic songs that summed up their positive experiences on the Find Your Talent programme.

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.

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

White Rose Learning Centre have worked in partnership with Find Your Talent to deliver the Performing for Success Arts Award in the Morley area of Leeds.   

The project is currently in its fourth term and has worked with a new batch of pupils each term from Year 6 – 9 at Drighlington and Fountain Primary Schools. Learners have been encouraged to explore the arts and experience a variety of art forms through performance.  

 

Each term has focused on one art form – last year the schools worked with a drama tutor to rehearse and perform an original piece at Leeds Grand Theatre. The pupils also had backstage tours of the West Yorkshire Playhouse. The following term, year 6 pupils worked with DAZL dance facilitators to choreograph a dance piece.

 

This term Performing for Success has worked with the singer/songwriter Danny Gough to write and perform original lyrics which were recorded onto a CD. Pupils were also given backstage tours of Leeds’ historic venues and attended a performance of VOICES: The Forty Part Motet by Janet Cardiff at the Howard Assembly Rooms in Leeds.  

 

As part of the Gifted and Talented National Strategy year 7 pupils (who already have an interest and talent in music) are also working with a musician to compose an original piece which will be performed at a forthcoming celebration event at the White Rose Shopping Centre.

 

Next term the project goes across the city to be replicated out in two other learning centres where the focus will be on radio production, poetry and martial arts; all of which will be accredited through the Arts Award scheme.  

 

The only word I know that rhymes with culture
Is
Vulture

I ain’t no beast though,

So

Culture to me is …

The way I dress,
What I eat,
The way I make a mess,
Who I meet,
The way I speak,
How I do,
The way I seek,
What I pursue,
And
Whether I can,

I am who I am.

 

This fantastic poem was created as part of the Find Your Talent children and young people’s reference group at West Yorkshire Playhouse in April.

The sessions, run by The Project / Youth Association involved young people aged 12-20 from Inner North West Leeds and explored perceptions of art and culture.

This creative approach investigated the role of art and culture in young people’s lives and an ambassador’s group has been formed, Arts Uncovered, which will ensure that children and young people have a voice in the decision making process for all of Find Your Talent’s aims in Leeds.

The Arts Uncovered ambassador’s group will engage with children and young people in Leeds, encouraging them to access culture in the city, and will also visit Breeze on Tour whilst participating with the Follow Alex campaign on Facebook.

Find Your Talent have been working in partnership with ArtForms and the Gifted and Talented National Strategies team on CPD (Continuing Professional Development) around Talent in the Arts.

 The ‘Talent in the Arts’ project is focused on enhancing classroom practice to create a challenging experience for the benefit for all pupils.  The involvement of a professional artist helps to develop teachers’ confidence and extends and broadens the curriculum.

During the Summer Term, Year 3 and 4 class teachers from Morley and Seacroft Manston schools will work alongside visual artist, Steve Pool, on Talent in the Arts: Visual Art.

The school’s teachers will be supported by the artist to identify children who are demonstrating talent within visual art.   The programme challenges perceptions about what “talent” looks like and which children are considered to be talented.

The identified children from across the schools will spend a day at Leeds Art Gallery working with Steve Pool, the resulting work will support Open Show which is taking place there over the summer.

Talent in the Arts: Drama, is currently taking place with 6 schools from across the city.

The information generated from the Talent in the Arts programmes will form the basis of a resource for all Leeds schools, to be disseminated from September 2010.  It will also support a year long focus on raising the profile of “talent” in the arts in the Leeds localities.

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

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.