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.
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:
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,
How we started
In 2002, Creative Artist and Social Entrepreneur, Alison Carter, founded Action for Arts 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.
Action for Arts
70 Pen y Bryn Road
Colwyn Bay LL29 6AL
Action for Arts
39 Fortnam Road
London N19 3NS
Telephone: 0845 2723516
Calls from outside UK: 447766405321
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
KNOW YOUR WORTH - 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.
Once a month Know Your Worth courses starting July 2016
Further information from www.thecandoacademy.com
What We Do
A few examples of our many creative projects
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.
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 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:
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.
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
Freedom: The Art of Improvisation Festival 2015
The launch of Warriors International's improvisational music festival in London's East End
We recently supported a new project with one of our artistic partners, Warriors International.
This was the inaugural festival event for Freedom: The Art of Improvisation which is a successful monthly fixture at London's Vortex Jazz Club. The festival was a platform for some of the most exciting musical talent currently performing in the UK and Internationally, along with DJ's and media presenters.
Events, News & Promotions
Take a look at our very latest.
Spring Bank Holiday
Saturday 28th May 2016 from 12 pm
Expedition To Kosovo with Dani Washington
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
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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