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Arts Award Summer Lab

Free Bursaries & Gold Arts Award (UCAS POINTS)

Congratulations to all the young people who gained their Gold Arts Award as part of an incredible Summer!

The Summer Lab provided a unique experience for motivated young artists, designers, musicians, producers and performers who wished to achieve Gold Arts Award ( Accredited Level 3 qualification 35 UCAS points).  Through the summer holidays 15 young people got to work with some of the best professionals in the region from mac birmingham, Ikon Galley, Town Hall Symphony Hall, Punch Records, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and more.

Their certificates were presented at The Rep Alternative Xmas party on Dec 6 … proud moment!

A hot house of opportunities 


Most of the group created portfolios as ‘hard copies’ with links to films on YouTube. Holly Beaumont-Wilkes made a digital portfolio … See :
Thank you for inviting me to do the Arts Award. I’ve recently had college interviews and offers from my first choice and I think having the Gold relay swung it.  Also I was much more confident in those interviews probably as a result of doing the Artsaward. Thank you so much, it was a fab experience and I’ve gained so much from it.” Summer Lab Participant

What we did…

– Herbert Art Gallery visit , Godia Awakes and Ikon Slowboat project
– Ikon Galley, Wolverhampton Gallery, Bilston Craft Centre trips
– Warwick Bar Fete FEAST
– Drawing Workshop at Ron Mueck Exhibition
– Metal Craft workshop with Elizabeth Boyd @ Bilston Craft Gallery
– Top Tips Tea with mac-birmingham Staff & tour
– Punch Records Session
– Craftspace & Sampad Introduction
– Recording Studio session with DECI4
– Volunteering with SoundLounge21 at Town Hall & Symphony Hall
– Volunteering @ Friction Arts
– Volunteering with Sculptor Graham Jones
– Visit to Jinny Ring Crafts Centre
– Studio Tour of BBC MailBox
– Tickets to Echoes @ The Edge & The Rep Studio
– Professional Sessions with Kate green, Pat Dixon, Sipho Eric Dube, Alex McCorkindale
– programming and delivery of Fringe Festival at SomewhereTo festival @ mac ( 17 August)
– Individual mentoring sessions and Bootcamps for Portfolio development.

How it worked …

Young people were offered a programme of opportunities, trips workshops. throughout August then create a personalised  schedule for the Summer Lab based on their own interests and availability . Weekly team meetings at the mac birmingham helped everyone to create their own portfolio for working to achieve a Gold Arts Award. Gold Arts Award invite young people to ….develop ow arts practice, review events, volunteer & get involved, research and debate issues and produce your own event.
Following a series of  weekend bootcamps to document their experience, over 90% of the group achieved they Gold Arts Award (Level 3 qualification).

How can I apply?

Sorry … the project is now completed. But keep in touch for further opportunities.

How much does it cost?

FREE : bursaries were available to fully cover the £560 Summer Lab fees.  The project was financially supported through Arts Connect WM with in-kind support from our arts partners .

Who ran the Summer Lab?

A team of qualified, experienced arts workers delivering the sessions including 2 young mentors (both are Arts Award qualified Advisers). Other professionals from the creative industries were involved. All staff involved have Enhanced CRBs.

The programme was managed The Company Ltd
It is financially supported by Arts Connect West Midlands
Accreditation is through Trinity College Arts Award Gold
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The programme is in association with mac Birmingham, THSH, The Ikon, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Punch Records … And more!