Action for Arts

    Supporting Arts Excellence

  • Action for Arts



    Get to know us. We're small but perfectly formed, and we do some really awesome things.

    We support the arts and arts business.

    The creative industries play a hugely important role in our societal and cultural development. The creative economy is worth over £85 billion per year to the UK. As an arts charity it's our duty to support arts excellence and help grow the creative economy.


    Our Passion

    We love connecting people with great art. We work collaboratively with artists, directors and producers to provide exciting new projects that make a contribution to raising the profile of the arts at regional, national an international level.


    Our projects involve a variety of arts mediums:

    • Music
    • Film
    • Photography
    • Theatre
    • Dance
    • Creative Writing
    • Digital Design

    We love working with established and emerging talent, we're always coming up with ideas for new arts projects, which we also help to fund and manage. We create employment for artists, and promote quality arts experiences to a broad spectrum of audiences.


    We're proud of our achievements. Since we launched here's just some of the things we've done,

    • Created 75 new jobs in media, design and performing arts
    • Run workshops for over 20,000 people in England and Wales
    • Recruited 500 young volunteers
    • Helped 40 creative business start ups
    • Trained 300 unemployed people and helped them find work
    • Supported Welsh film production
    • Sponsored over 30 arts and music events

    How we started

    In 2002 Action for Arts was founded as a registered charity. Since then we've raised funding to support numerous participatory arts projects in Wales and England, including theatre touring, live music events, feature film production, training and mentoring programmes, creative industry employment schemes, and work experience opportunities for literally thousands of people.

    The Arts & Young People

    One of our priorities is working with young people, particularly those who are super talented, and aspiring to work in the creative industries. We feel strongly about providing support for future generations. We know that engaging in the arts unlocks an individual's talents; fosters aspiration and achievement; and empowers young people to acknowledge and celebrate their cultural heritage.


    We provide career development and networking opportunities, along with careers advice, to enable the young person to progress their ambitions. Our youth engagement programmes help develop transferable skills for employability including communication, problem solving, team work, entrepreneurship and logistics.

    Our locations



    Unit 12, The Old Laundry,

    Groes Road,
    Colwyn Bay LL29 8PU



    Action for Arts

    39 Fortnam Road

    London N19 3NS


    Telephone: 07766405321

    Skype: actionforarts1

    email: info@actionforarts.org.uk

    Twitter: @actionforartsuk

    FB: facebook.com/actionforarts


  • Personal Development Training & Mentoring Programmes

    Looking to make life changes, start your career, get a job or become an entrepreneur?

    We offer training and support to help you on your way.

    The Can Do Academy

    Micro Courses

    Employability and Enterprise Training, with mentoring and practical experience to help you feel more confident and focussed, ready to plan your future in a positive way.

    • We work with small groups - not in large classrooms.
    • We have a team of friendly & experienced, personal development coaches, who listen and give one to one attention.
    • Learn in a relaxed, supportive environment.


    Further information from www.thecandoacademy.com



  • What We Do

    A few examples of our many creative projects

    Music Buddies

    Accessible music production support for young people.

    A new 6 month project providing a safe haven for young people with mental health and self esteem issues, who want to express themselves through song writing, playing and recording their own music.

    Managed by a team of young professional musicians, and our Music Buddies Volunteer Support Crew, the aim of the project is to empower young people through creativity.


    Project Goals:

    • Self Esteem Building
    • Empowerment
    • Team Work Skills
    • Music Education
    • Coping mechanisms
    • Creative/Artistic Expression
    • Community Responsibility

    With funding support from Gwirvol, and working in partnership with The Laundry Studios.




    A Home for Elham - Documentary

    A random connection on Facebook leads to an incredible friendship with a family in Kosovo.

    In 2013 Action for Arts sent a film crew with musician Dani Washington, to document the journey he undertook, to meet the little boy, Elham, he connected with through Facebook. We wanted to highlight the plight of a young family suffering extreme poverty and harsh living conditions, in Fushë Kosovë - one of the most downtrodden areas of Europe.

    Our aim, was to gain the attention of the international media, so that we could start raising funds to safely house the Krasniqi family. This story has been one of happiness and heartbreak, we've made friends with the Ideas Partnership an amazing NGO in Kosovo, and linked with some truly remarkable people from around the world, who have joined forces to help the community in Fushë Kosovë.


    We are now raising funds to make a return journey to Kosovo in June 2016, so that we may update the story, and complete our documentary film.


    If you would like to help us - please click on the 'make a donation' tab.





    Filmed on location in North Wales and featuring an awesome cast. Over 30 local young people were employed on this production.

    August 2016 sees the 6th anniversary of when we challenged ourselves to shoot a feature film in 28 days. Of course we achieved it, with the support of crew from LA, New York, London and Wales.



    V Creation

    V Creation offers young creative people age 16-24 the opportunity to join forces and lend their talents and expertise to a range of projects.

    V Creation is a fast growing team of people who want to be part of the creative economy, and turn their passion and talent into employment.

    There are opportunities to work on projects in:

    • Music production & performance
    • Film making
    • Photography
    • Broadcast & Digital media
    • Social Media
    • Graphic Design
    • Journalism
    • Public relations
    • Event management & promotion

    This is a unique initiative based in the North West, offering the chance to develop creative skills, gain some authentic work experience, training and potential employment.



    V Television

    Produced by a young people's production team

    A sneaky peek at some of the work we do on V Television the youth led television channel and production company, supported by industry mentors.

    One of the V Television Programme Ideas

    Producing online content to promote creative entrepreneurs and artists who are just starting out in their careers.

    We also report on current news relating to the local creative economy and developments in the industry.

    Away Days and Festivals

    Music and Arts - One Day and Weekend Festivals.

    We're curating a series of one day and weekend festivals, aimed at promoting tourism both in and out of season, to raise the profile and boost the economy of coastal towns.

    Our Musical Heritage

    Delving into the archives to discover more about our musical heritage.

    Individual projects that each focus on the contribution previous generations have made to music in the UK

  • Updates

    Expedition To Kosovo with Dani Washington 

    June 2016

    We're heading out to Kosovo with a team of volunteers and a film crew to make our second visit to the community in Fushe Kosove.


    We've just launched a fund raising campaign to raise money for 3 new projects being managed by The Ideas Partnership in Kosovo.


    You can read all about what's happening on Dani's Go Fund Me Page click here - we're accepting donations via Go Fund Me or you can simply click our donate tab, and make a donation through Paypal.


    Every little donation will make the world of difference. xxx


    Voice 1st Instrument

    Vocal Collective

    Colwyn Bay, North Wales

    A weekly session, offering vocal and performance techniques, the chance to work with some great vocal coaches, and to participate in performances. The objective is to develop your singing technique, boost confidence, and learn how to sing as a member of a vocal collective. This is a fun, empowering session, for those who want to sing better, and for those who want to sing, but lack confidence. A great way to boost your skills and makes some new friends.


    Suitable For Age 14+

    Course Leader: Kris J Davis

    Tuesdays: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

    at The Laundry Studios, Colwyn Bay.
    £2.50 per 2 hour session - Pay on arrival

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