Youth Arts Sector Meeting 2011

Watch video of presentations and performances from the Playhouse Theatre

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland delivered its annual Youth Arts sector meeting at the Playhouse Theatre in Derry~Londonderry last week. The theme for this years meeting was 'What Constitutes a Youth Led Arts Project?'.

Youth arts organisations were invited to attend to discuss and explore how to successfully engage with young people from the outset of a project and to empower young people to reach their full potential.

Presentations were made by WheelWorks, Interact Youth Arts Festival, The Playhouse, P.L.A.C.E. and Youth Action, whilst young people involved in the What If? programme performed songs, raps and poems created in workshops facilitated by professional artists.

Presentations and audience discussions encouraged an exploration of how the process of actively involving young people is managed; how the artistic process and associated administration can ensure that issues and interests are addressed; how empowerment and ownership are achieved and how young people are supported to reach their full potential.

Event organiser, Gavin O’Connor, Youth Arts Officer at the Arts Council, said: 'The Arts Council organised this meeting to provide a platform for youth arts providers to get together and openly discuss the real challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

'With the chance to learn from and share with fellow arts organisations, it was a really practical and informative session that I hope will prove very beneficial to the sector.'

On the ground floor of the Playhouse, in the Context Gallery, artwork produced by young people from the Interactive Youth Arts Festival was exhibited, whilst outside the WheelWorks ArtCart provided attendees with an opportunity to experience digital media art projects.

The meeting also provided an update on the Arts Council’s review of Youth Arts and the development of a new Youth Arts Strategy for 2011-2016. For more information on Youth Arts visit www.artscouncil-ni.org.