On 31 January, we will be hosting the first of a series of sector-specific roundtable meetings for organisations in Camden and Islington involved in Arts Award delivery.
Date: Tue 31 January 2017
Time: 16:30 – 18:00
Venue: Somers Town Youth Centre, 134 Chalton Street, London, NW1 1RX (View Map)
- Have you been involved in delivering the Arts Award in Camden or Islington?
- Have you encountered any difficulties or barriers?
- Have you any success stories to share?
If so, we would love to hear from you about your experiences.
The Arts Award is now 10 years old and it is time to reflect on the past and think about the future of the award across the two boroughs. The findings from these meeting will be analysed and presented in a short report by Islington Arts Development Service in collaboration with Camden Spark, which will identify barriers and models of good practice.
They will also be fed back to A New Direction, the Arts Council Bridge Organisation for London.
More about Islington and Camden Arts Award Network (ICAAN)
The Islington and Camden Arts Award Network is a partnership between Camden Spark and the Islington Council Arts Development Service.
ICAAN will build on the learning from the Shared Arts Award Offer in Islington and Camden (2013-15) to develop understanding amongst arts organisations, education and youth activity providers of the existing barriers to Arts Award engagement and how to work together best to overcome those barriers.
Evidence of Need/Demand
There are indications that Arts Award engagement has dropped off since Camden and Islington Shared Arts Award Offer ended. Preliminary research indicates:
- There are less active Arts Awards Centres - AND data indicates drops, from 2014/15 to 2015/16, in Islington from 14 to 10 active centres and in Camden from 16 to 11 active centres
- Arts Awards Supporters are less engaged and progression between levels of Arts Award is limited
What value do Camden Spark and Islington Council bring?
Camden Spark was conceived by Camden Council and The Roundhouse in its capacity as Arts Council Associate Bridge Organisation to support all schools in Camden to access the best possible arts and cultural opportunities for their children and young people.
Islington Council Arts Development Service aims for every child and young person in Islington, regardless of their circumstances, to have the opportunity to engage with high quality arts and culture.
Together Camden Spark and Islington Council have extensive partnership relationships with arts organisations, education and youth providers across the two boroughs which will facilitate opportunities for joint learning and the exchange of good practice from a variety of perspectives.
What are our aims?
- To establish what barriers exist for schools, youth and community providers, potential and existing Arts Award Supporters and Centres to deliver Arts Award
- To find out the above stakeholders can work together better to support Arts Award progression, linking with FE/HE settings to enable children and young people to move on from Bronze to Silver and Gold
- To identify what children and young people want from Arts Award and how they would like to engage with it
Phase 1: Research - What are the barriers? What are the success stories?
Since November 2016 three Roundtable meetings with stakeholders have been facilitated by representatives of Islington Council Arts Development Service and Camden Spark, each focused on particular sector. One meeting has taken place with existing and potential Arts Award Supporters from the creative and cultural sectors, one with young people taking part in creative programmes at The Place, and one with young people from Islington Youth Service.
Further meetings for youth service providers, voluntary sector and community organisations and teachers involved in arts award delivery will be taking place in the coming months. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The findings from these meetings will be analysed and presented in a short report by Islington Arts Development Service in collaboration with Camden Spark, which will identify barriers and models of good practice. Information about Phase 2 will appear in the next Camden Spark newsletter.