Seven of Scotland’s brightest young theatre-makers were chosen to work with some of the country’s top theatre practitioners as part of a twelve-month Young Arts Leaders programme managed by Youth Theatre Arts Scotland. The programme encouraged a new generation of arts leaders and producers within their own communities.
On completion of the twelve-month course, the Young Leaders gained a Gold Arts Award with units in personal arts development and arts project leadership.
Funding for the Young Arts Leaders programme came from Creative Scotland’s CashBack for Creativity initiative, part of the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities redistribution of the proceeds of crime.
The creation, development and delivery of this programme highlighted the real need and benefit for richer training opportunities for young people to help them become fully-rounded creative leaders in their own communities. It also highlighted a need and desire for mentoring training across multiple youth arts sectors in Scotland.
What did people say about the project?
“It makes me so proud to be part of this phenomenal project, had my bumps but always come out the other side with more support and pride” Josh Ford, Fife
“No matter what your background or your area or the opportunities you have had up until now, we can stand together as young arts leaders and represent the future. We are passionate, driven and creative in our vision to provide other young people an opportunity to engage with the arts that we all love so much. I have been inspired by all my fellow YALs … we’ve worked together collaboratively to better ourselves and support each other. We’ll be on to a winner!” Colleen Garrett, North Ayrshire
“An important process as a group in shaping our individual achievements.” Stephanie Boyle, Glasgow
“Overall (this project) has undoubtedly enhanced my practice as both a maker, company director and facilitator.” Emma Jane Parks, Mentor
“I’m excited to work with Youth Theatre Arts Scotland on a scheme which aims to harness the potential of young people as creative entrepreneurs. Youth Theatre Arts Scotland has a track record of supporting young people in their development as young leaders and it’s a privilege to be asked to be part of this evolution of their practice.“ Paul Gorman, Mentor
“The Young Leaders selected this year have been, and still are, part of the most dynamic and supportive launch pad for young creatives I have ever seen. The fact that these young people are exposed to such key industry resources, particularly professional contacts and training is hugely admirable. If this had been around when I was training I know it would have transformed my career and put me years ahead in such a short space of time, as I know it will do for the current participants. This kind of support must continue if Scotland wants to cultivate creative implementers of social and cultural change, as well as great artists.” Lisa Thomson, Freelance theatre maker and practitioner
“I was blown away by these young arts leaders and their projects” Olivia Roper, Arts Development, Scottish Borders Council