Youth Theatre Arts Scotland speaks to the Moray Youth Arts Hub about project iGNITE’s developments. Gill Bird, Project Manager, tells us the latest
Here in Moray, iGNITE is now in full swing!
Over 900 children and young people have taken place in 31 taster workshops as part of our Out and About programme, with more sessions lined up before the end of March. Out and About aims to raise awareness of current arts provision available in Moray and find out what children and young people would like to see more of. So far, we’ve enjoyed pin-hole photography, messy art, animation, drama, lantern-making, environmental art, VJing, music production, digital creativity, dance and movement, plus circus skills. And we’ve much more still to look forward to.
‘[iGNITE] showed us a new and exciting way to use iPads to put on performances of our own.’
– Sarah, peer mentor at Keith Loft Youth Project, following a drama/animation workshop with RightLines Productions
Our Young Artists Mentoring Programme, which includes the formation of four youth arts groups in partnership with youth organisations and Moray Council, is in its early stages. An initial group of young people have come together to explore opportunities. A youth-led theatre group, Wild Youth Productions, is well on the way to its first productions in Summer and Autumn 2015. In the coming months, participants will choose their own course of creative development through a supported programme of mentoring, workshops and training.
As part of our Youth Artist Mentor Programme we have kick-started the Youth Arts Ambassadors. A group of 10 young people have taken up workshops facilitated by local web design business Canary Dwarf in collaboration with Wildbird Productions, Tom Duncan Films and Moray College. The purpose of these workshops is to work with young people to explore new routes to develop digital media communications and to develop creative content. An iGNITE Facebook page is now in place and ideas for the iGNITE website are being developed with the group.
Progress has begun on the iGNITE brand and logo, with a fantastic designer being appointed to undertake this important work. A brainstorming workshop with a small group of Youth Arts Ambassadors is scheduled for the end of March, to help draw out and explore ideas for the logo.
So, it’s shaping up to be a busy few months and you can keep up to date with all the latest news from iGNITE at our Facebook page.