Strong Voices

Running from April 2013 – March 2015, our Strong Voices programme connected Portsmouth’s young people, families and schools with the city’s world-class arts, cultural and heritage facilities, including theatre, film and animation, craft and museums.

Artswork worked in partnership with the National Museum of the Royal Navy (including HMS Victory) and other museums and arts organisations to open access for communities through school arts and cultural programmes and community-based road shows.

Strong Voices was part of a two-year national programme, delivered by five Bridge organisations, that aimed to address the social, cultural and economic barriers that prevent young people from going to a museum or arts centre.

The programme came to an end in March 2015.

“As an independent artist, Strong Voices has played a huge part in my development. It’s given me the opportunity to engage and build relationships with schools and groups of young people in the area. It’s also challenged me to think of new ways to make my practice accessible for a variety of young people. I am now able to deliver Explore and Discover Arts Award which will expand my practice and open up opportunities for future projects. Taking part in Strong Voices has also given me the opportunity to meet other artists working in the area. It’s always good to meet other people and hear about their practice and experiences.”

- Sarah Gee, Filskit Theatre -

Strong Voices was also supported by HMS Warrior, Mary Rose Museum, D-Day Museum, Search, Conan Doyle Collection, Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower, New Theatre Royal, Aspex Gallery, and Making Space.


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 Strong Voices map