Action for Arts
In 2002 Action for Arts Trust Ltd became 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 several thousand people.
We deliver projects for:
The Arts & Young People
One of our priority areas is working with young people, particularly those who are seeking a career in the creative industries. We provide support to enable emerging talent to develop and find their individual career path. 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 networking opportunities, along with careers advice, to enable the person to progress their ambitions. Our engagement programmes help develop transferable skills for employability including communication, problem solving, team work, entrepreneurship and logistics.
Supporting 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. Our objective is 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 help to raise the profile of the arts at regional, national and international level.
Our projects involve these arts mediums:
We love working with both established and emerging talent. We develop creative projects to increase employment opportunities, whilst promoting quality arts experiences to a broad spectrum of audiences.
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Created 75 new jobs in media, design and performing arts
Provided personal mentoring and coaching for people with mental health challenges
Delivered workshops to over 20,000 people in England and Wales
Recruited and trained 500 volunteers
Helped 40 creative business start ups and 2 non profits
Delivered pre-employment training to 300 people and helped them find work
Supported Welsh Film Production
Raised funding for over 30 arts and music events
Our Charity's 17th Year.
We are raising funding to deliver collaborative projects that focus on:
Tommy Chase - Groove Merchant
Feature Documentary in Development
Chronicling the impact of hard bop drummer Tommy Chase on London's burgeoning jazz club resurgence in the 1980's. Visiting the venues, the people, and the music, discussing his subsequent disappearance from the scene, and his later life dealing with vascular dementia that ultimately robbed him of his beloved music.
Out Of Many Voices
Supported by a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund
Delivering a series of workshops across multiple art forms to engage with our local community, providing a platform for positive communication, creative, life and employability skills.
Young, Gifted and Unheard
We provide the creative platform for gifted young adults who because of complex social and mental health challenges, are very often hidden and unheard. By offering a safe creative space, we open up significant opportunities to nurture and support, building their confidence and coping strategies so they can develop their talents and feel part of our creative community.
Expedition To Kosovo - Creative Volunteer Project 2020
We're fund raising to support our next expedition to Kosovo with a team of creative volunteers and a film crew to make our third visit to the NGO The Ideas Partnership and the community in Fushë Kosovë. The objective is to create volunteer and travel experiences that improve the employability of local young people, whilst offering support to the Ashkali community in Kosovo.
An opportunity for young people 16-25 to learn, explore,
build confidence, find their own path and unique voice
How We Work
We collaborate and partner with like minded companies, organisations and individuals to deliver engagement projects. This strategy has proved to be extremely effective for achieving our outcomes, whilst sustaining the charity through fluctuations in the economy and cuts to local and national funding.
Examples of some of our many successful projects
Managed by a team of young professional musicians, and our Music Buddies Volunteer Support Crew, the aim of the project to empower young people through creativity.
With funding support from Gwirvol
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 and a team of young volunteers 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 visited for a second time in 2016, to record developments in the community since our first trip to Kosovo. Bringing more volunteers with us this time, who were given the opportunity to visit the Ideas Partnership Community Centre, and meet the young people who participate in the many initiatives and workshops delivered there. It has been an empowering experience for our UK volunteers, seeing life through the eyes of those less fortunate. This has inspired them to be more compassionate and community minded, excel in their studies and work hard to secure sustainable employment.
Vinyl - Feature Film
We challenged ourselves to help shoot a feature film in 28 days. Of course we achieved it through the help of our local community, support from Director Sara Sugarman and fabulous crew from LA, New York, San Francisco, London and Wales
Filmed on location in North Wales and featuring a high profile international cast.
Action for Arts provided 30 young people from the local community, with employment and training opportunities over the entire 6 months from pre-production to production under the Future Jobs Scheme.
Vinyl received several international film festival awards, general release in UK cinemas, and aired frequently on Sky Box Office. We are very proud that members of the young cast, have since become internationally successful in film, television, theatre and music.
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V Creation offered young creative people age 16-24 the opportunity to join forces and lend their talents and expertise to a range of projects.
V Creation was made up of a team of people wishing to be part of the creative economy, turning their passion and talent into employment. There were opportunities to work on projects in:
This unique initiative based in the North West, offered the chance to develop creative skills, gain some authentic work experience, training and potential employment.
Produced by a young people's production team
Some of the work we produced for V Television the youth led television channel and production team, supported by creative industry mentors.
V Television Programme Concept
Producing online content to promote creative entrepreneurs and artists who are just starting out in their careers.
Music and Arts - One Day and Weekend Events.
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.
Trustees and Senior Volunteers
We gratefully acknowledge support from
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Action for Arts Trust Limited is a Registered Charity in England and Wales
Registered Charity Number: 1093013 - Registered Company Number: 04390384
Registered Office: 70 Pen y Bryn Road, Colwyn Bay LL29 6AL