The Challenge

Burr Projects, an artist led community interest company based in Bridport, supported six local young people to achieve their Gold and Silver Arts Awards, and celebrated the achievements at the launch of Bridport Museum’s 2014 season on Friday 4th April 2014. The Real Ideas Organisation funded Burr Projects CIC, along with over thirty other organisations across the South West region to promote and deliver the Arts Awards to young people, who planned, researched and extended their own existing, vocational arts activities with support from Burr’s trained Arts Award Advisors, Tara Harland Viney and Nancy J Clemance.

The Solution

Burr Projects CIC carried out the work in partnership with Bridport Youth and Community Centre, Bridport Library and Bridport Museum, with two young men using the expert support and equipment at Bridport Youth and Community Centre to develop their music skills and deliver a free music event which attracted an audience of over 80 people of all ages. All participants regularly used the resources and support at the Library.

The Results

Three young people made and exhibited art works at Bridport Museum and two wrote and produced a short film, using Bridport as a location for filming. In addition local specialists helped individual young people to learn more about drawing, playing the guitar, oil painting, music theory, bass playing, film editing and screenplay writing.

Nancy J Clemance said “We’re so pleased and proud of our young participants. Sam achieved his Bronze Award with us last year and can now celebrate his Silver alongside our Gold achievers, who are among the very youngest to undertake and achieve Gold Arts Award in this region. Apart from learning so many transferable skills, these young people have also earned themselves 35 UCAS points from Trinity College, London. Some additional participants will have their work moderated in a few weeks’ time too.”

Next Steps

As part of the Award, each participant had to carry out some voluntary work at Bridport Museum. Curator, Emily Hicks said “I know several of the children who have volunteered in the Museum have received very positive feedback from staff and volunteers they have worked with. Several in particular received praise for being very polite and engaging well with the public. It is great for the ‘face’ of the Museum to be diversified by having younger people welcoming visitors and organising events.”

It is hoped that the young people will go on to seek more voluntary work placements outside of their Arts Award.