Work with highly skilled culturally diverse and working class, professional artists, theatre makers, musicians, spoken word artists and filmmakers to make [ART], find your [PLACE] and get your [VOICE HEARD] in this exciting new digital Arts Award Festival, supported by Arts Council England.

Running from February – April 2021, join Lancashire Youth Challenge, More Music & Prop Up Project as they help you unlock your creativity, create new work, and complete a Bronze Arts Award qualification.

To take part in this online experience you will need to be aged 13-19 years and have access to either a SMART device (mobile phone) or laptop, and good internet connection. If you will struggle with any of these, get in contact and we will see if we can support you.

Phase 1 – Creative Experimentation Workshops

These FREE online workshops are designed to inspire and challenge you to create new work that celebrates your ideas of identity, place, and your vision for the future in a post COVID world. You can attend all the workshops or just the ones you find most interesting:

Spoken Word, Rap and Poetry workshop with Blue Saint

When: Monday 15th February 2021

Times: 11.30am – 3.30pm

Blue Saint, is a Congolese and British rapper, singer-songwriter, producer, spoken word poet, actor and designer. Over his music career he has developed an eclectic musical style that draws on a range of influences and genres, often combining and blending elements of hip-hop, RnB and electronic music. Blue Saint’s music lyrically incorporates a range of political, social, philosophical, and cultural references with themes usually centred around social injustices. 

Find out more about Blue Saint here:

Theatre Making workshop with Nathan Powell

When: Wednesday 17th February 2021

Times: 11.30am – 3.30pm

Nathan is a Director and Writer who makes new work that invites people into the theatre with open arms and a smile. He tries to make work that feels accessible to people that are not regular theatre goers, whilst giving regular theatre goers an exciting night of something new!

A large part of his work is creating with young people and he is an advocate for the benefits of engaging with the arts and a champion of young people’s work.

Find out more about Nathan here:

Visual Arts workshop with Hannah Whitlow

When: Friday 19th February 2021

Times: 11.30am – 3.30pm

Hannah Whitlow is a visual artist, coordinator and producer based in Salford. She graduated from Fine Art at Nottingham Trent in 2015. Hannah’s practise explores our relationship to objects, images, and the built environment. Through drawing, painting, sculpture, and collage Hannah uses mark-making in the expanded field, to explore abstract image-making. Hannah is currently the Programme Producer at Blaze, a youth-led arts charity set up to support the next generation of creative producers.

Mobile Film Making workshop with briggsy

When: Saturday 27th February 2021

Times: 11.30am – 3.30pm

briggsy is a producer, performer and film maker based in the North of England.

With an interest in making accessible socially driven work in public spaces and for new audiences, play forms the bedrock of his practice. A he/him of simple means (DIY) and with a passion for exploring the intersection between professional and community practice, he works with what’s around him, creating and producing thoughtful experiences with meaning.

A self-taught film maker and video editor, his interests lie in the creation of short films, music videos and production trailers.

Find out more about briggsy here:

Music workshop with Angela Chan

When: Saturday 6th March 2021

Times: 11.30am -3.30pm

Angela is a multi-instrumental musician and creator based in the North of England. As well as playing in her own bands, she works with other artists in the studio and live performance. Away from band life, she produces and composes music for creative and commercial use including music for theatre, film and television. 

Find out more about Angela here:

Writing & Performance workshop with Nathaniel Hall

When: Saturday 13th March 2021

Times: 11.30am – 3.30pm

Nathaniel is a freelance theatre-maker, writer, performer, producer, and HIV activist from Manchester.

He develops, writes, enables, produces, and creates theatre and stories with (and for) people who are unheard or marginalised, who describes himself as an expert by experience in the art of telling autobiographical stories of health and wellbeing.

In 2019/20 he toured his first ever solo show to audiences across the U.K. and he is currently appearing in ‘It’s A Sin’ – Russell T Davies’ new TV drama about HIV/AIDS in the 1980s – on Channel 4.

Find our more about Nathaniel here:

Phase 2 – Bronze Arts Award Programme

For those of you who have enjoyed the Creative Experimentation workshops, and want to continue your creative journey, then you will be able to complete a Bronze Arts Award.

Bronze Arts Award is a Level 1 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and is open to young people aged 11 to 25.

To achieve a Bronze Arts Award, you will engage in a series of creative arts experiences and collect evidence in an individual arts log or portfolio capturing your experiences of: 

  • actively participating in any creative arts-based workshops
  • experience of at least one arts event/experience as an audience member and your review of that event/experience
  • researching the career and work of an artist or craftsperson who inspires you
  • experience of passing on an arts skill to a friend or family member

Watch this short film for more information about this exciting qualification:

To complete the Bronze Arts Award you must be available to attend two full days of workshops on Saturday 20th March and Saturday 27th March.

Phase 3 – Making a Film!!!

The final element of the Digital Arts Festival is a film making project. Facilitated by professional writers and film makers, you and the team will script, storyboard, and shoot a film about HOPE. This film will capture our individual and group experiences of life during COVID-19 but will focus on what we have learned about ourselves, each other, and the wider world.

This film will celebrate how, by working together, we have survived this exceptionally challenging time and how we will use our learning and newfound resilience to make positive, meaningful changes in our lives and our communities.  

If you are interested in getting involved in phase 1, please complete the short registration form below ⬇️

Registration Form

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    Experimentation Workshop Selection

    Which workshops do you want to attend? You can tick as many as you like.
    Spoken Word (15th Feb)Theatre Making (17th Feb)Visual Arts (19th Feb)Music (27th Feb)Mobile Film Making (6th Mar)Writing & Performance (13th Mar)


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