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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Youth Arts Learning Journeys: Arts Mentorship

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Partnership* invite applications from arts organisations or freelance arts practitioners to act as mentor partners with local youth organisations or named individual young people, to explore best practice in the arts at national and international level. This opportunity is designed to create youth learning journeys with mentors whose anticipated outcomes will lead to the development of youth arts practice across Dumfries and Galloway. It is anticipated that successful commissions will contribute to a youth arts conference to be held in the region later this year.
This commission opportunity invites artists / arts organisations across media to help develop youth arts interest, by engaging with national / international arts organisations/ partners, to inspire development of new, peer led youth arts practice in the region. This may include visits to national or international venues/ organisations, and to lead to demonstrations with or about national/ international partnership as part of youth conference later year. Importantly overall, the experience must aim to inform growth in the Dumfries and Galloway youth arts sector.

Four opportunities are available and it is intended that partnership projects be appointed ideally from and with responsibility for each of the D+G areas (Annandale and Eskdale, Nithsdale, Stewartry and Wigtownshire).

Information for Applicants
Applicants must demonstrate a high level of experience of working with young people in the arts and be prepared for close working and support of young participants throughout the commission. Successful applicants will be responsible for all contact with national or international arts/ youth organisations to enable implementation of appropriate research and travel.
Youth participants must not exceed 25 years of age throughout this commission
Arts organisations/ practitioners must link with youth organisations in the region.

How to Apply
Outline or detailed ideas are welcome at this stage.
Applicants are invited to forward a letter of interest together with proposals that clearly evidence need and ambition. Proposals must include identified named partnerships with individual young people or youth organisations, and indicate how young people are likely to benefit from this commission. Mentors should summarise experience to date in the youth arts sector. Budget outline must be included to state anticipated mentoring and research time, materials, travel and subsistence costs. It is essential that proposals show how this work will be documented and what it may contribute to the future of the arts for young people in Dumfries and Galloway. An understanding and knowledge of the youth arts sector in Dumfries and Galloway is essential.

Successful applicants will be contracted on a commission basis not exceeding £2,000 per project, inclusive of any VAT and all expenses
The project will be supported and managed by a Youth Learning Journeys Coordinator working for Dumfries and Galloway Arts Partnership (DGAP) as part of the Fresh Start for the Arts initiative.
It is required that all Learning Journeys will be completed within 3 months of awarding the contracts.

Application Procedure
Applicants are required to submit a letter of application and proposal – these to be sent by email to DGAP Fresh Start project manager Kathleen O’Neill, by 5pm on 24th May 2013.For further information please contact Kathleen O’Neill
*Dumfries and Galloway Arts Partnership is the temporary organisation formed to administer and manage the Fresh Start for the Arts project

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