Our most recent Arts Award Regional Conference was our 5th since it began in December 2012, and Arts Award Advisers and young people from across Devon and Cornwall flocked to attend the event at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

The Arts Award Regional Conferences are all about giving people already working in the arts, or with an aspiration to, information on the arts qualification. It provides people with opportunities to become part of a wider network and meet others from various backgrounds, allowing them to share ideas and learn more about how to get involved. The conference also focused on Artsmark, Arts Council England’s flagship programme which enables schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision.

This was the second Arts Award conference to be held at the popular venue, and it saw 180 young people attend and take part in the various arts workshops. Dance Republic 2 offered dance workshops, o-region offered drama workshops, and St Ives School of Painting provided visual arts activities. Hana Backland and Sean Hurlock provided film and photography workshops respectively, all aimed at giving young people a taster of the various art forms available to them. Many of these activities also contributed to their Arts Award qualification.

As part of our Gold Arts Award tender, some Gold Arts Award students came along from Tough Dough, Cornwall College, Dance Republic 2 and Hall for Cornwall. Arts Award Advisers also attended to find out more about getting involved in the qualification, which aims to inspire young people to grow their arts and leadership talents.

Arts Award and Artsmark surgeries gave people a further insight into how they can use the qualification to inspire and engage young people in the arts. Stef Brighouse, an Arts Coordinator from St Agnes School in Cornwall, said, “I really enjoyed this Arts Award and Artsmark Regional Conference. Like last year it was well organised. The workshops were varied and inspirational. Children of different ages were thoroughly engaged, whether singing with Duchy Opera, dancing with Sarah Waller, drama with Simon Harvey etc. There really was a buzz of creativity throughout the day.”

“As an assessor, the Arts Award and Artsmark discussions were particularly useful to me.”

"Thank you for your leadership in the Arts. You have so much drive and vision and are making a difference to the Arts in the southwest.”

If you would like more information on how to take part in any of the workshops that we run, please sign up to our Bridge mailing list, a quarterly bulletin to keep you up to date with our various Bridge-related programmes and what’s happening in the arts and cultural sector across the South West and on a national level.

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