Horizon 20:20 programme to engage hard-to-reach young people in Hampshire through arts and culture

Date Created: 29th Mar 2016

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Hampshire Cultural Trust (HCT) is to head up an exciting new programme that will see local young people explore different art forms through a series of workshops, including printing, pottery, drama, music and poetry. The young people, deemed to be ‘at risk of social exclusion’, will have the chance to work with professional artists and enjoy cultural visits to locations including Milestones Museum, Basingstoke, and the Tate Modern, in London.

Following a successful pilot programme, the Trust has been awarded £350,000 in funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. This will enable it to offer the programme to 700 participants at seven local Educational Centres (EC) over the next four years:

  • Andover EC, Andover
  • The Bridge, Eastleigh
  • Forest EC, Dibden
  • Linden EC, Farnborough 
  • Woodlands EC, Havant
  • The Key, Gosport
  • Ashwood Academy, Basingstoke

Janet Owen, chief executive at Hampshire Cultural Trust, said: “This funding will make a significant difference to how we engage with and change the motivation of those young people who are at risk of social exclusion. It will provide the cornerstone in our Better Life Chances Programme and allow us to realise the possibilities that arts, cultural and heritage can offer young people, to help them define their futures in a meaningful way.”

Dominic Coburn, headteacher of Greenwood School, Dibden, said: “We are so pleased that Horizon 20:20 will continue. In the first project, we saw a transformation in the way that young people learn creatively, value themselves and perceive their future opportunities. We have been able to display work from the last project in the centre – giving them the chance to feel pride in their achievements.”

Artswork, the South East Bridge organisation funded by Arts Council England, supported the initial pilot programme, through a co-investment of £25,000. The pilot ran across four Educational Centres and delivered artist-led workshops to hard-to-reach young people once a week. Cultural visits and the incorporation of Bronze Arts Award boosted participants’ self-esteem and motivated them to learn, whilst helping the young people to develop positive relationships with those around them and broaden their horizons.

Jane Bryant, chief executive of Artwork, said: “Artswork’s co-investment in Horizon 2020 supported an innovative and ground-breaking pilot programme – one with the potential to make a meaningful difference. It provided fantastic opportunities for disengaged young people to build confidence, leadership and self-esteem through participating in great arts and culture. We look forward to sharing the learning from this over the next four years.”

To find out more about the work Hampshire Cultural Trust do, visit: www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk

See here for an update on the project’s success!

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