It would be great if D&G’s young people had the chance to be inspired by the very best the arts world has to offer, not just nationally but internationally. Well, an initiative just launched by the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Partnership (DGAP) is creating exactly that opportunity.
DGAP is inviting arts practitioners and organisations to come up with innovative ideas for Youth Arts Learning Journeys. These will be mentorships, worth up to £2,000 each, to nurture talented young people from across the region. They can benefit specific individuals or small groups of young people.
The idea is to form partnerships with national or international artists, venues or organisations to run projects which will fire the imaginations of young people under 25 by bringing them in contact with arts practice at its best. This might mean travelling overseas to spend time with a youth theatre, dance company or filmmaker, or could mean inviting artists to D&G – it’s up to applicants to devise something exciting.
The journeys are intended to benefit young people from all parts of D&G. With that in mind funding is being offered for four or more projects. Ideally these will be spread across the region in Annandale & Eskdale, Nithsdale the Stewartry and Wigtownshire, and there will also be a short-term post for a co-ordinator.
DGAP, for anyone who hasn’t come across it before, is the organisation behind the Fresh Start for the Arts initiative which is looking at ways to build and strengthen the region’s arts sector. The learning journeys are very much in keeping with this philosophy – enabling established groups and practitioners to foster future talent.
You will find two advertised 'calls' one is for proposals for actual learning journeys - the other is for someone to act as overall coordinator for the learning journeys project If you are interested in any of the opportunities available just take a read through the information and contact Kathleen O’Neill with applications and/or questions:
If you would like further information about anything connected with Fresh Start please email Matthew Shelley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07786 704299.