Futuring the Visual Arts: A Review of Youth Arts Provision

A research project by Dr. Ron­da Gow­land-Pryde on the cur­rent sta­tus of region­al youth arts pro­gram­ming. Com­mis­sioned by VASW.

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This report was commissioned in August 2019, by Visual Arts South West (VASW) to examine youth visual arts provision within the membership areas and regions covering Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Somerset, Wiltshire and new membership areas (Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight) in order to consider the potential for a more strategic, youth arts provision across the South West that develops skills and talent for young people aged 13-25 regardless of their socio- economic background.

Over three months, the review was carried out through online scoping/interrogation of provision within the membership areas, targeted telephone interviews/consultations with individuals/organisations (for list of participants see end of summary), a consultation workshop during the VASW Future Proof conference in September (which included young people and member organisations) and discussions with Gold Arts Award candidates associated with the Arts Award Leadership Network led by Artswork.