Cultural Playing Field

Talking to Artswork by Robin Simpson
December 23, 2010, 10:20 am
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On Monday I spoke to Jane Bryant, the new Chief Executive of Artswork (which manages the England National Youth Arts Network). Jane has been in post for two and a half months, having previously worked for Southern Arts and Arts Council England South East and as Chief Executive of the Coda Music Trust. As the conductor of two choirs, she is very familiar with the voluntary arts. Artswork has been going for nearly 24 years. It runs a nationally available professional development programme (‘Artsplan’) for artists, arts organisations and youth practitioners using the arts to work with young people. ENYAN is a network of 5500 organisations and individuals including youth arts practitioners, youth practitioners, artists and arts organisations. It has 9 regional advisory panels and a national panel which includes representatives from Arts Award, CCE, ACE and the Youth Justice Board. We talked about how Artswork and Voluntary Arts might work more closely together to build progression routes for young people from youth arts to adult amateur arts groups and to build the capacity of the amateur arts sector to develop arts practice and arts opportunities with for and by young people.

Robin Simpson.

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