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Pedestrian Succeeds In Securing Grant From Arts Council England

Pedestrian are pleased to share that we have been awarded a grant of £13,850 by Arts Council England as part of the last ever round of their Grants For The Arts funding programme.  The funding will support 'Sowing The Seeds', a 9-month long artist development programme which aims to train participatory artists in Leicester and Nottinghamshire to deliver workshops the Pedestrian way.

'Sowing The Seeds' is designed to develop emerging participatory arts practitioners and engage young people with low cultural capital.  It will be delivered in two areas identified as social mobility coldspots, supporting and working alongside existing high-quality arts venues and organisations.

There are two distinct phases of the project: Sowing and Growing, which will each run in Leicester and then repeat in Mansfield, north Nottinghamshire.  In the Sowing phase, up to forty artists will access four sessions of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).  During the sessions they will:

  • Explore the needs of young people in disadvantaged circumstances
  • Learn how best to promote the artistic and personal development of disadvantaged young people
  • Learn to plan and design workshops, as well as how to reflect and evaluate
  • Learn about safeguarding and data handling best practice
  • Develop regional sector knowledge alongside core knowledge of self-employment issues
  • Explore the possibilities of mentoring other professionals and the skills they will need to develop to do this

At the end of the Sowing phase, two artists will be offered the chance to participate in the Growing phase of delivery as trainees.  The Growing phase will comprise of exciting, inspiring and engaging activity with young people, delivered over ten weeks in areas identified as social mobility coldspots in the 2017 Social Mobility Commission State Of The Nation report.  Sessions will be lead by experienced artists, who are skilled at drawing out artisitic responses from the young people they engage with.  The activity will be accredited via the Arts Award Bronze framework, ensuring that participants develop new creative skills, knowledge and understanding.  This will enable personal progression in a range of art forms, including music, visual art, photography, craft, performance art and creative writing.  The artforms will be chosen based upon the interests of the participants, with artists engaged to meet the need for specific skills and knowledge.

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