ArtWorks North East

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Funding: £247,016 

Led by the University of Sunderland with a wide range of partners including Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art; Equal Arts; Helix Arts;  Live Theatre; National Glass Centre;  New Writing North; Northern Stage;  the Regional Youth Work Unit, Sage Gateshead and Tyneside Cinema

The programme is an enquiry-based research approach building on strong existing networks in the North East. The programme has an emphasis on employability and progression and will work closely with trainers, employers and careers advisory services. An audit to reflect best practice will be carried out that will document common strengths of existing provision and identify areas of development. This will inform the future creation of progression routes in different settings (youth, community, health, social care). It will bring together specialists from different art forms, academics and practitioners from arts and the social sector, to develop accredited flexible or modular courses, careers seminars, jointly authored research and the production of a range of learning materials.    

The programme is planned in five stages

  • April - July 2011 Start up and audit of practice
  • July 2011 - May 2012: Critical conversations and co-mentoring
  • May - November 2012:  Academic research and turning contents of critical conversations into course modules, developing teaching team to deliver these modules
  • November 2012 - May 2013:  Test out modules, refine content and structure, working with the graduate career advice association (across FE/HE) to create material and improve understanding of careers in participatory arts
  • May 2013 - May 2014: Capturing learning about quality and building better training infrastructure

Lead Contact: Judith Hills, Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts, Design and Media,  University of Sunderland

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