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Artswork is an Arts Council England bridge organisation.

Artswork is committed to transforming the lives of children and young people through arts and cultural practice.

Established in 1987, Artswork has built credibility, trust and collaborations and enhanced the range and standard of the arts with and by children and young people; it has increased opportunities for leadership and employment in the arts with, for and by young people and developed expertise as a strategic youth arts development agency.

Its unique approach is demonstrated through the range and strength of partnerships and its pioneering work to make a difference to the lives of young people through participation and engagement in and through the arts.

About bridge organsations

As part of our goal to make sure that every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts and culture, Arts Council England funds a network of 10 bridge organisations as part of the National portfolio. Each of these will use their experience and expertise to connect children and young people, schools and communities with art and culture.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £1,526,000
  • 2013-2014: £1,565,829
  • 2014-2015: £1,607,323

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Sir Ken Robinson speech from Artsmark Conference October 2014

Our founding member and patron, Sir Ken Robinson, recorded a motivational speech on the subject of creativity for a recent Artsmark Conference we hosted at the BFI on 23rd of October.

Artswork Creative Apprenticeships

An Artswork Creative Apprenticeship gives you a great opportunity to work with a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification. Film made by

Artswork 25 message from Ken

Sir Ken Robinson sent Artswork a powerful 25th Birthday video message from his home in Los Angeles. Sir Ken, who was Artswork's founder Chairman and is its Honorary President, wished Artswork a 'Happy 25th Birthday' and reflected on the importance of its work with, for and by young people. It was viewed by some 120 people at our celebratory birthday event including many young people who were sharing some of their recent Cultural Olympiad project work.

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The Stammurai Animation

Evil Twin Education were awarded funding from First Light Movies to support local young people with stammers to create an animated short called The Stammurai. The short was created after months of hard work by young people with stammers under the expert guidance of industry professionals from Swindon and London. The Stammurai is set in feudal Japan and is about a young samurai in training who has a stammer. His disability draws him into conflict with an evil samurai master where he must conquer his fear of stammering in order to survive.. The film was premiered at The Empire Cinema, in Greenbridge, Swindon on the 13th Feb June 2011. It was awarded Best Animation at the First Light Awards for the animation The Stammurai in conjunction with young people from the fluency trust.

Mesh Festival - Pegasus Theatre

Mesh -- Oxford Youth Arts International, a new and unique international youth arts festival run with, by and for young people, produced by Pegasus Theatre in partnership with the North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford City Council, Oxford International Link, Oxford Inspires and Creative Junction.


Young people involved in the Get Started in Film 2011 course run by Prince's Trust and Eventful spent a week creating a short film, learning techniques both behind and in front of the camera. This fantastic short film was created by participants taking part on this

Real Talk Doc

Young people involved in the Get Started in Film 2011 course run by Prince's Trust and Eventful spent a week creating a short film, learning techniques both behind and in front of the camera.This fantastic short film was created by participants taking part on this

3D Trio - Princes Trust Workshop 2011.mp4

Young people involved in the Get Started in Film 2011 course run by Prince's Trust and Eventful spent a week creating a short film, learning techniques both behind and in front of the camera. This fantastic short film was created by participants taking part on this

Artswork- My Summer: Creative Employment and the World (short vers.)

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My Summer: Creative Employment and the World of Work!

Over 30 young people from across the South Hampshire area took part in a pre-employability/pre-apprenticeship programme during summer 2011. This offered participants the opportunity to gain employment skills and to experience leading, managing, participating and delivering real work associated with real creative organisations and performances. The summer programme was delivered with local organisation Soco Music Project, City-Eye, New Theatre Royal Portsmouth and Strong Ideas Ltd and funded by the Learning Skills Improvement Service (LSIS). For more information go to


YAYA - Young Adults , Young Artists are a developing group of young people with 6 core members who have been engaging and promoting Youth Arts Leadership within Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire for 2 years . The group have recently become constituted and are planning future workshops and events . This short film encapsulates a wide cross section of the young peoples achievements.

YDE Young Creatives 2011

This short film introduces the YDE Young Creatives programme and shows what the young choreographers and their dancers got up to in the 4-day residential at The Royal Ballet School where they developed their skills before performing at the Royal Opera House a week later. The film includes interviews with young choreographers and dancers who took part in the programme, as well as their residential teachers and contributions from the programme organisers. Find out more about the programme at​ydeyoungcreatives

Hip-Hop Hooray! - Hip-Hop Seminar @ Focus E15 Stratford

Promo of Hip-Hop Hooray Seminar @ Focus E15 Stratford, July 31st, 2009

Movie Lounge @ Pastures Youth Centre

Young people from Pastures Youth Centre debate on the film - 1 Day

Yip-Hop Day 2009

A day of hip-hop delights engaging the youth of Park Community Centre (Part of Community Links YIP i.e. Youth Inclusion Project) in Forest Gate, East London.

Honesty Box Video.mp4

Zest Creative Arts- 'Wear what you will'

Step into the stylish world of Fashionista Magazine, where appearances are not quite what they seem and everyone has fallen madly in love with the wrong person! After the sell out success of last year's 'No Place Like Home', Lincolnshire's most innovative youth theatre came back in March 2011 with it's third original production! 'Wear What You Will' is a brand new play filled with music, comedy, mistaken identity, and romance. The mayhem of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night was lovingly retold in this outrageous production that got audiences at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre dancing in the aisles and screaming out for more!!! "A youth theatre production usually consists of a mediocre performance of... some life-draining play... Neon Youth Theatre doesn't just go against this stereotype; they trample all over it..." --

SLAM Night 2010 The Garage, Norwich

A documentary about SLAM night 2010, held at The Garage in Norwich.

Association of British Orchestras- Education

This week the ABO ha launched 6 new short films showcasing orchestras' reach and excellence; looking at how they use public investment on the platform and in education and community settimngs, and attract private support. For more information see:

Vicious Youth - A film by OYAP Trust and Jewson Film Productions

OYAP Trust and Jewson Film Productions created a new film 'Vicious Youth' which is the culmination of The Media Mouse Trap project (funded by Oxfordshire County Council and the Chill Out Fund)

CultureShock Festival 2010

3rd July - Northallerton Music festival in Yorkshire.

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Contact details

2nd Floor Cadogan House
37 Commercial Road
SO15 1GG

50.908611, -1.41063

023 8033 2491

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