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Young people in Bolton will have the opportunity to deepen their participation in their local arts and culture scene through a series of free Saturday morning workshops running from late March to early May. The project launched at the start of National Careers Week and offers fifteen participants the chance to develop arts sector skills and create their own arts events from home and in their local neighbourhoods.

The course is focused on its participants: it aims to provide inspirational experiences and skills, to open conversations with artists and arts leaders, but mostly to listen and provide a platform for young people, allowing them create work and share messages that are important to them. The project will be delivered by Bolton School in collaboration with Manchester International Festival (MIF) as part of Curious Minds’ SLiCE programme.

Applications are now open for young people aged 14 to 19 who would like to learn more about creative jobs, develop skills as artists and creative producers, grow their CVs, take part in inspiring activities and events, meet like-minded people and develop their creative networks. Bolton School and MIF are particularly committed to supporting the applications of individuals from backgrounds or social groups that are currently underrepresented in the creative industries, including those from South Asian communities (particularly Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani), African and Caribbean communities and from the Deaf/Disabled communities, as well as individuals from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Those taking part must attend school or college in Bolton, should be available for the majority of the core workshops and will be supported to connect remotely to the sessions.

The workshops will include engagement with Manchester International Festival: one sees the group participating as digital audience members in MIF and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s interactive adaptation of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, while another includes exploration of MIF’s ‘Festival in My House and Yours’ project. They will also include artist-led workshops, inspiration sessions, conversations with creative leaders, careers pathways and skills sessions. Young people will question what we mean by arts, culture and heritage and what role these concepts play in our lives. Participants will also develop their ideas for creative projects and events, think about collaborative possibilities and grow their understanding of what it takes to run successful projects, as well as the people and professions involved. Discussion of how to engage a wider range of people with arts, culture and heritage will also take place alongside planning of personal projects, built-in inspiration sessions and opportunities to share work and ideas.

The project arose through Bolton School teacher Ms Naomi Lord’s work with Curious Minds as a SLiCE (Specialist Leader in Cultural Education) fellow. Ms Lord is the Bolton School Boys’ Division Director of Creative Learning and Partnerships.

The eight workshops will run from Saturday 20 March to Saturday 8 May 2021 (10am to 1pm) on Zoom. Further details are available via the application form, which can be found here. Applications are open until midnight on Friday 12 March 2021.

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