Arts Award forum minutes- 10 July 2013

Minutes from Arts Award Network Meeting

The Writers’ Place

Wednesday 10 July 2013

Present:

Anna Jefferson – New Writing South

Debo Amon – New Writing South

Ned Archibong – Cultures Club

Julia Box – BHCC Youth Arts Project

Tasleen Carstairs – Forward Facing

Suzanne Holland – Cardinal Newman

Hannah Coxeter – BYC Youth Collective

Georgie Goddard – Arts Inc

Helen Pillot de Chenecey – Freelance Craft Practitioner

Susie Deadman – Gladrags

Jo Smith – Freelance Arts Adviser

Anna Jones – Trinity College London

Julie Roberts – Carousel.

Anna Jefferson gave a short introduction about the purpose and aim of the Arts Award forum, and then introduced Anna Jones, Trinity College arts & cultural officer. Anna Jones detailed useful resources made available by Trinity College and on the Arts Award website:

  • Support Surgeries – provide an opportunity for existing advisers to explore and develop the delivery of Arts Award in their setting, with the help of trained support consultants.
  • Support visits – Arts Award advisers meeting the criteria below can request a free support visit from one of our trained support consultants.

Arts Award welcomes requests from centres meeting the following criteria:

1)     Are unable to attend one of our public support surgeries due to location

2)    Have had a difficult or unsuccessful moderation

3)    Are museums or libraries

4)    Are delivering Arts Award with large groups (approx. 50+ for Bronze, Explore and Discover 20+ for Silver and 10+ for Gold)

5)    Are working with one of Arts Award’s identified targeted groups of young people, these are:

  • Looked after children and young people / care leavers
  • Young carers / parents
  • Young people in the youth justice system
  • Homeless young people
  • Young people in hospital or suffering long term health problems
  • Gypsy, Roma or traveller young people
  • Young people not in education, employment or training
  • Young people with disabilities
  • Young people with special educational needs
  • Young who live in rural isolation
  • Young people who live in an area of economic deprivation

1)    Unable to attend one of our public support surgeries due to location

2)    Have experienced a difficult or unsuccessful moderation

3)    Museums or libraries

4)    Delivering Arts Award with a large group (approx. 50+ for Bronze, Explore and Discover, 20+ for Silver and 10+ for Gold)

5)    Are working in a cluster or alliance with other centres and would like a visit for the whole group

6)    Working with one of Arts Award’s identified targeted groups of young people, these are:

  • Looked after children and young people / care leavers
  • Young carers / parents
  • Young people in the youth justice system
  • Homeless young people
  • Young people in hospital or suffering long term health problems
  • Gypsy, Roma or traveller young people
  • Young people not in education, employment or training
  • Young people with disabilities
  • Young people with special educational needs
  • Young who live in rural isolation
  • Young people who live in an area of economic deprivation 
  • Bridge organisations – a network of ten Bridge organisations who use their experience and expertise to build on good practice and to work with others to make connections and champion the role of arts and culture in the lives of children and young people.  One of the key areas of their work will be the regional development of Arts Award.
  • The Arts Award Access Fund – The Access Fund provides small grants to Arts Award centres working with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to enable them to achieve an Arts Award. Applications windows are open twice a year; the next window is from 2 September 2013 – 19 October 2013.
  • Arts Award Supporter – An organisation or artist offering activities that young people can use towards their Arts Award, such as:
    • Workshops
    • Arts and cultural events which they can review
    • Opportunities to find out about artists and cultural opportunities
    • A chance to share skills or lead arts projects
    • Mapping documents – These are examples of how to run Arts Award in different organisations. These can be found on the Arts Award website.

Anna Jones also mentioned that Trinity would like to hear from Advisers about their successful deliveries for case studies.

Members of the meeting raised concerns over the length of time it takes for Arts Award certificates to be sent out. Anna Jones advised that Advisors should contact Trinity College if they were still experiencing this problem and that she would inform the relevant person.

It was also advised that Freelancers should remember to register themselves as an Arts Award centre.

Freelancers raised the issue of the difficulty of putting together their costings for projects; since there is so little money around many having to, pretty much, work for free. The difficulty in finding schools with Artsmark was also raised as an issue.

http://www.fundingcentral.co.uk was also mentioned as a useful place to search for funding for projects.

The group expressed issues with the cost and convenience of getting moderation. Hannah Coxeter for Brighton Youth Centre mentioned that they run joint moderations and will post when these will be through the Express group and Arts Award.

It was also suggested that the forum and or Express group could serve as a local skill share/linking opportunity, similar to the Arts Award supporter network.

The group suggested that it might be useful if in the next meeting an Advisor who had delivered Arts Award to children & young people with disabilities could present; possibly on discover & explore.

 

Date of next meeting

The Writers’ Place, 9 Jew Street.

Wednesday 6 November- 1.30- 3.30. This will be followed by the Express group meeting, 3.30-5pm.

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