A picture that tells a good story for Middlesbrough

Tees Valley Arts is delighted to let people know that young people in Middlesbrough who have taken part in the stART project have their pictures on the cover and inside the new national Arts Award guide for 2011 – which is distributed all over the UK to promote the Arts Award.

The StART project, which is run by Tees Valley Arts in partnership with Middlesbrough Youth Support Services, uses art and creative activities to help NEET young people (Not in Education, Employment or Training) back into college or work.
The front cover of the guide shows Lauren and Amy working with a camera, and inside the back cover there is a picture of Kristian reading notes on Yoko Ono’s Wishing Tree on a visit to the Baltic Art Gallery in Gateshead.

All three young people enjoyed their time on the stART project –

Lauren said, “I loved it; it was fun and interesting and I learnt to develop patience” and Amy said, “I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I thought the course was very educational but fun at the same time, you never realised that you were learning. Now I have more confidence to explore new skills.”

Young people on the stART project achieve their Bronze Arts Award; the Award is for anyone aged between 11 and 25, who is interested in exploring new creative experiences. It’s a national qualification, managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England and is recognised by employers and colleges as proof of skills and commitment.

Tim Coyte, who runs the stART project said, “It’s great to see young people from Middlesbrough and The stART Project on the cover of the Arts Award Guide. StART has made a real difference to the lives of young people in Middlesbrough, and we’re continually making innovations and getting results. Four out of five of our young people go on to college or work!”

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