Larkmead School Activities Day

Today we have been at Larkmead school working with students on an introduction to photography project.

The Arts Excite C.I.C were invited to activities day at Larkmead school where we took a small cohort of students on a photography workshop for the day. We engaged with a mixed ability group who mainly had little or no experience in photography.

We took them through various techniques from how to set up and professionally handle a camera, to image composition and light drawing. The students involved enjoyed the project and below are some quotes from participants.

Here are some Examples of images taken by the students

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Congratulations are in order

The Arts Excite C.I.C are pleased to announce that we have had a recent Arts Award Moderation and all of the young people we had supported on Arts Award Projects this year have passed!

 This includes young people from The Princes Trust we worked with in May 2017 and young people we worked with on iFilm MK Canal Project in July 2017.

 This is fantastic news, which we will be sharing with all project partners and participants over the coming days but from everyone here at The Arts Excite C.I.C we would like to say a big well done to all the young people involved. We provide the background support but it is you guys and the effort you put into workshop sessions which enable you to achieve your Arts Award so congratulations to you all. 

The Team at The Arts Excite C.I.C

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On Wednesday 19th July The Arts Excite C.I.C were invited to Milton Keynes Academy to celebrate the completion of the recent iFilm MK Canal project and to see other projects the school has been involved with.

Students from our project presented their experiences to the audience.

At the event The Arts Excite announced that the students and project participants had achieved their Arts Award Bronze and gave students attendance certificates.

We would like to use this opportunity to thank Milton Keynes Academy for hosting this project and given us access to the schools edit suite. The project was a huge success thanks to the school and we look forward to continuing a working relationship with the academy.

 This work has been supported by funding from MK Community Foundation.

Young people show off their photography skills!

Here is an image gallery of some of the best images taken by students on a recent Get Started in Photography project which we ran with the Princes Trust in Slough.

On this project we helped to harness the creativity of the young people involved and we think you’ll agree, their talents were realised though this project.

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Flooded with Arts Award

We have had an influx of Arts award certificates this week, could it be because all the children who took part in our summer puppet project passed? Yes, of course it is.

The Arts Excite would like to say a huge congratulations to all the children we worked with this summer who have now achieved their Arts Award. You all worked extremely hard on this and deserve it.

If you have not yet seen the video of the puppet performance click here to watch it now.

The Arts Excite Team.

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Puppet Theatre and Project Complete!

Thursday 4th August was the final day of our exciting project with Parasol Project and here are some highlights from the project.

 

The children worked extremely hard to put together an adaptation performance of the story of The Broken Bird.

 

Working alongside artist and puppeteer Kirsten Friedrichs, the children were supported through a three-week project, which began in May half term 2016, and continued over two weeks in the summer holidays of 2016.

 

Starting from the basics, the children learnt the craft of puppet making, performance, scene creating, filmmaking and video editing. They also worked toward achieving Arts Award Discover and Explore as part of the project.

Below are some images from the project. Click here to see a video of The Broken Bird performance.

This project is supported by Oxfordshire County Council with investment from Artswork Ltd, the Arts Councils South East Bridge organisation.

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Puppet Fun!

This half term we ran the first phase of our puppet project in partnership with Parasol Project in Oxford.

On day one of the project we introduced the children to the art of puppet making. Our newly recruited workshop leader Kerstin Friedrichs led this project. Kerstin ran a short introduction session at the start of day one and the set the students with the task of creating their own puppets using the materials she provided.

By the end of day one the children had created the heads for their puppets and some had given them names. Day two began with painting and decorating the puppets, some of the participants were able to create clothes for them.

On day three we began working on backstories for the puppets, and the children started to interact with the puppet theatre that we have commissioned to be built to support the project.

 

Day four was our last day and we were able to showcase our puppets to parents and put on a small showcase of the stories the children have made.

The project session run during the half term have given us an insight on how we can develop this project further and incorporate the lessons learned into our plans for the summer phase of the project. We are having discussion on how music, film and other bits of media can be incorporated into a final performance.

To keep up to date on how this project develop please visit our website at where we list all of out latest news and updates.

 

This project is supported by Oxfordshire County Council with investment from Artswork Ltd, the Arts Councils South East Bridge organisation.

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Puppet Artist Recruited

The Arts Excite is please to announce that we have recruited a new artist to work on our Puppet Project with Parasol this summer. Her name is Kerstin Fredrich’s and she ran a fantastic taster workshop with The Arts Excite and our project partners from Parasol Project.

This summer The Arts Excite has been commission by Oxfordshire County Council and Artswork Ltd to deliver an Arts Award programme for disabled children and young people in Oxfordshire, by partnering with Parasol Project.

Kerstin has a great track record in her practice and a rich level of experience in working with young people Parasol support.

We have now planned our project and will begin with delivering 4 days of project activity during May half term and then a further two weeks of delivery during the summer holidays. We will be aiming to support the children through Arts Award Discover and Explore.

Keep an eye on our website to see how this project develops.

This project is supported by Oxfordshire County Council with investment from Artswork, the South East Bridge

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Catching up with our young people

The Arts Excite recently caught up with the young people that took part and completed our projects in 2014 to find out what they have been up to since the last time they worked with us.

Here is what we found out:

  • Everyone agreed the projects helped develop their communication skills.

  • 75% agreed the projects helped with their planning and problem solving skills.

  • 67% felt their teamwork and leadership skills were developed.

  • 75% said the project nurtured their creativity.

  • 83% built up resilience and determination and felt more self-motivated.

  • 83% believed it helped to boost confidence levels.

As a result of this……………

  • 42% had gone into employment.

  • 8% sought further training.

  • 33% signed up for college or university.

  • 33% completed other courses.

  • 17% started volunteering.

  • 8% took part in other levels of Arts Award.

This is what the young people had to say:

“When we had to perform it was nerve racking, but through doing it my confidence built up. Outside of the project I feel I have been more confident with talking to new people.’ – Joseph, Project Participant.

“I learnt a lot doing The Arts Excite Project.” – Harsimran, Project Participant.

“I feel like my skills have excelled especially in my confidence, creativity, team work and problem solving.” Nishi, Project Participant.

We are so pleased with the impact our work has had on the lives of young people most in need.  We believe our programme is a great advocate for transformative power of the arts and how it can aid the development of mankind. We aim to be back in 2015 and to expand our work to other regions in the country so watch this space.

Without the help of a few key people and organisations our success would not have been possible. The Arts Excite would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people and organisations for their help and support.

Arts Council England, Oxford Brookes University OBSEA team, Lynnette Richardson, Rebecca Bradfield, Slough Foyer, Rockdove Media, Slough Library, Slough Borough Council, Slough Music Service, Simon Lock, Rhianwen Bedford, Glyn Allen, Nikitta Da’Sliva, Robyn Thwaites, Lucy Shaljain, Simon Walls, Richard Huggins.

Thank you to all of you, your energy and dedication to the project has been phenomenal and we will see you in 2015!

A full copy of our impact report for 2014 can be downloaded here.

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The Arts Excite has rebranded!

Do you like our new logo?

We are excited about the launch of our new branding and want to shout about it!

Over the past few months we have been refining our brand and have begun the metamorphosis of transforming The Arts Excite into a functioning social enterprise.

Our new logo contains 3 circles which each represent the core values of The Arts Excite. Those values are:

·         The Arts Excite Inspiration

·         The Arts Excite Education

·         The Arts Excite Celebration

 

Our approach to working with young people is just this, we begin by inspiring them, then we educate them and after that we celebrate them and their achievements.

Some projects run by The Arts Excite will fall completely under one of the above categories rather than span all three. In these instances those projects will be branded as follows:

·         Inspiration projects will have the blue circle in the centre.

·         Education projects will have a green circle in the centre.

·         Celebration projects will have a red circle in the centre.

 

We are confident that our new branding will give The Arts Excite a strong presence wherever it is displayed. We would like to take the time to thank Simon Minter from NineteenPoint Ltd for all his hard work on redeveloping our branding.

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We are in the press!

The Arts Excite have been featured in an article in the Slough Express newspaper on Friday 18th April 2014 for our recent Project Two. Here is what was said.

"The Arts Excite is a youth project founded by local Social Entrepreneur Jordon Maynard-Daley who, in the wake of the recent closure of youth centres like Slough Young People Centre developed his own project to help nurture the creative talents of young people from Slough.

 

This Easter The Arts Excite ran its second youth project entitled Project Two: In Focus, which was a photography project that commissioned local young people to produce a digital image slideshow for Age Concern Slough highlighting their service users getting involved in the activities they provide.

 

As part of the project the young people involved worked toward achieving an Arts Award Bronze qualification for their efforts. In order to do this they have spent the week working with Jordon Maynard-Daley learning photography, researching artists, visiting galleries and photographing local people."

The project concluded with a sharing event on Tuesday 15th April at Slough Foyer who were key partners in contributing to the success of this project.

 

Lynette Richardson ETE worker at Slough Foyer said “This project has been amazing, it has been really engaging for the customers that live at the Foyer. The fact that they will receive a qualification for completing the project is an added bonus.”

 

Due to funding received from Arts Council England, Oxford Brookes University, Slough Borough Council and Mr Maynard-Daley’s own company JMD Media Lab, The Arts Excite will continue to deliver further accredited creative arts projects for young people in and around Slough throughout 2014.

 

“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported The Arts Excite since its conception, the funders, community partners, artists and most of all the young people. The Arts Excite is committed to providing access to high quality arts and creative learning experiences for children and young people as well as enhancing learning experiences for schools and colleges” said Mr Maynard-Daley.

 

If you’d like to find out how you can get involved please email info@theartsexcite.org and visit www.thearts-excite.orgto keep up to date with up and coming projects.

 

To see the images that the young people took the Project Two page.

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Young People Wanted for Project Two!

We are looking for 10 people aged 16–25 to take part in a photography project this Easter.

Working in a team, you will learn photography and create a series of cool portrait photos of yourselves and people from Age Concern for an end of project exhibition.

Everyone who completes the project will get an Arts Award Qualification, which will look great on your CV!

The project will take place weekdays 11am–3pm from Monday 7 April 2014–Tuesday 15 April 2014.

All equipment will be provided! Just bring yourself and a friend.

 

Sessions will run @ Slough Foyer, 52 Stoke Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL2 5AW.

 

The project is free to attend, lunch will be provided and we are also including a free trip to see an arts event.

Contact Jordon at info@theartsexcite.org

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The Arts Excite wins two OBSEA awards for 2013/14!

We are excited to be able to announce that The Arts Excite has won two awards from Oxford Brookes University to support the business development of The Arts Excite and help us make the transition from social project to social enterprise.

Toward the end of 2013 project founder Jordon Maynard-Daley entered The Arts Excite into the Oxford Brookes Social Enterprise Award (OBSEA). After applying and delivering a fantastic pitch to a den of dragons, he was able to secure two pots of funding to further develop the project.

 

In November 2013 The Arts Excite was awarded £500 for a try it award to conduct business research, and then in February 2014 we managed to secure £5,000 for our business development.

The Arts Excite is ecstatic bout receiving this award. We can now begin to put plans in motion to create a sustainable social project for young people and the communities they live in.

 

Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this possible. We continue to appreciate your support and vow to honour our commitment to making change happen.

– The Arts Excite Team.

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Project One, Arts Award Certificates Achieved and Received!

The Arts Excite is pleased to announce that all young people that took part in Project One, See it clearly all achieved their Arts Award Bronze.

In the summer of 2013 The Arts Excite successfully piloted it first project, Project One, see it clearly, in partnership with BESB Women’s Aid. The young people involved were presented with a brief set out by Women’s Aid and as a response to that brief the young people chose to work with a drama practitioner, photographer and film maker to create a short educational DVD on domestic abuse, for the charity to use in their outreach work.

When the project was completed we put all young people involved through the Arts Award moderation process in September 2013 and we are pleased to announce that they all achieved an arts award bronze for completing the project, which is fantastic news!

The moderator commended The Arts Excite on it innovative approach to delivering The Arts Award by providing the young people with a real world project to work toward. They also mentioned that because we are commissioning the young people to develop their own project, it clearly reinforces ownership over the work for them and that is the fundamental principle of leadership, and The Arts Award.

 

The Arts Excite would like to say a big well done to all those young people who worked on Project One, see it clearly and achieved their Arts Award Bronze.

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Project One, See it clearly video uploaded and complete!

The Arts Excite is please to be able to announce that the see it clearly movie from project one is now complete and online.

During the summer of 2013 9 young people were commissioned by The Arts Excite in partnership with South Bucks and Berkshire East Women’s Aid to create this short educational video. The film was created by young people from Slough and will be used to highlight the signs of domestic abuse amongst young people and where those who are living with it can get help.

Well done to everyone that worked on this, it looks fantastic!

– The team at The Arts Excite

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We are looking for 15 young people aged 14-25 to take part in our first project.

This summer we are looking for 15 talented and creative young people to take part in our first project entitled Project One – See it clearly.

On this project you will be set a brief which you need to discuss with your team and develop a creative response to. You could decide to make a film, produce a photography exhibition, produce a drama piece, dance, animation, whatever you like.

The aim of the project is to help a local charity called Women’s to raise awareness of their charity.

Sound interesting? Well there is more.

To say thank you and to reward you for your efforts anyone involved in this project can get an Arts Award qualification for taking part. We will be also organising a trip to an arts venue to see an event or critique a film.

Here is how you can get involved.

We would like to invite you to a planning session to explain the project in a bit more detail and get your ideas as to how the project should run and what creative ideas you have for it.

The planning session will be on on Monday 29th July at 1pm – 3pm at Slough Central Library, High Street, Slough, SL1 1EL and please feel free to bring along some friends.

Our email address is drop us an email to let us know if you are coming and how many people you are brining with you or if you would like some more information. This project is free to attend and light refreshments will be provided at the planning session.

We look forward to seeing you at Slough Library on Monday 29th July at 1pm.

– The Arts Excite Team

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Pilot project funding secure

The Arts Excite is delighted to receive funding to run two pilot projects, to support the social enterprises work with children and young people.

This year The Arts Excite have received funding from, The School of Social Entrepreneurs and JMD MEDIA LAB, Arts Award Access Fund and Slough Borough Council. The funding will be used to support two groups of young people ( up to 15 in each) to use their creativity and artistic talents to make a difference in their local community. Working with local charity and community groups the young people will be set a brief which will form the foundation of their projects, and they will respond to their briefs in away that allows them help those charitable groups champion their causes through the young peoples skills and Imagination.

The pilot projects will begin in August 2013 and we will begin recruiting for young people and artists shortly, so watch this space.

Grants for the Arts funding secured!

The Arts Excite is pleased to announce that our recent grants for the arts funding bid to Arts Council England has been successful!

In November 2013 The Arts Excite finalised its plans for next stage development, which included submitting a funding bid to Arts Council England to extend its work. Following on from the success of Project One: See it clearly, The Arts Excite has been able to draw upon financial support from Slough Borough Council, Oxford Brookes University and JMD Media Lab to secure enough funding to begin the metamorphosis from social project to social enterprise.

Our grants for the arts funding will be used to work with disadvantaged 16-25 year olds, and provide them with real world project arts projects briefs that will benefit their community. The projects we offer will be Arts Award accredited and the produced project pieces will be exhibited when the learning curve opens to celebrate youth arts in Slough. At the same time as running these projects The Arts Excite will also be developing the enterprise side of our business plan, so stay tuned for further updates.

Finally, we would like to say an additional big thank you to organisations in and around the Slough area that took the time to write letters of support for our bid. Those organisations were Creative Junction, Slough Library, Women’s Aid Berkshire East and NACRO, and a special thanks you to Kam Bhatti, Alisha Kadri, Alison Honour, Victoria Bosher and Simon Walls for helping us to broker key relationships and giving vital feedback on the development of the funding bid.

It is now time for the arts to excite the community!

– The Arts Excite Team!

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