The Prince’s Trust and Arts Council England have teamed up to uncover the artistic talents of young people while developing confidence and skills for work.
As well as developing talent, the project aims to improve health and wellbeing and give young people a deeper understanding of the arts.The First Art project was targeted at young people who had had little experience of art at school and is part of the Arts Council’s commitment to seeing arts and culture enjoyed by as many people as possible.
We used our Get Started model to engage unemployed young people in art, with a focus on developing digital skills. Many of the participants have gone on to secure work within the creative industries, including in social media and photography. Several young people have moved into apprenticeships while others have felt inspired to go on and study art at college or university.
At the half-way stage, the First Art project has engaged more than 450 people, including volunteers who have been supporting the programmes and helping young people with their next steps.
18-year-old Jack Pitsch recently took part in the programme. Jack was always interested in working in the arts industry but didn’t have any relevant qualifications or experience. He learnt how to use different software, create short animations and developed his photography skills. Jack also honed his sketching ability and is much more confident about his future.
Get Started Programme Executive Rosa is thrilled about how the project has turned out. She said:
To find out more about the First Art project, visit www.firstart.org.uk.