Young people making a big difference

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INSIDE THE CENTRE: All the latest newsfrom the South Holland Centre in Spalding

Young people based at the South Holland Centre and nine other arts venues across Lincolnshire (the LOV network), are making a big difference supporting young artists and organising events for their local communities to enjoy – everything from music gigs, to exhibitions, to stand-up comedy.

In the next phase of the project a couple of exciting new opportunities are coming up

Their outstanding success means that two organisations, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, have just offered a further three years’ financial support for the project – called the LOV Young Peoples Programme.

The money is used to fund a busy project team who work with young people in all ten venues across the county, and also to fund lots of activity.

This includes young people running every aspect of events and festivals , working with professional artists, and taking part in leadership and other skills workshops.

In the next phase of the project a couple of exciting new opportunities are coming up.

Firstly, a small group of Lincolnshire-based 18 to 25 year olds will visit the Edinburgh Festival this summer on a programming mission. The idea is to see loads of shows and then recommend the best of them to the professional programmers in the LOV venues.

Then there is a new bursary award scheme which will be open for application by Lincolnshire-based early career artists or arts entrepreneurs (aged under 26) who can show how they would use this money to take a big step forward in their work or career.

If you like the sound of all this the Youth Takeover group at the South Holland Centre are recruiting for new members to join in late June – the first project will be organising this year’s Music in the Market Place on August 7 – with our lovely project worker Emily, and the South Holland Centre staff there to support you.

The Centre and other LOV venues gain a huge amount from the wonderful creative ideas of young people, and it is great to hear what participants value about their involvement too: freedom to make decisions, making something happen locally, meeting other creative young people, and gaining valuable experience for future education and careers options.

It’s not surprising that the Paul Hamlyn Foundation recently said: “We believe LOV is breaking new ground, creating a model of working with young people across arts venues that is unique in the UK.”