Paisley Daily Express

Youngsters can boost their skills with new culture dream team

Academy is created to help those in S1 to S6 flourish

- EDEL KENEALY

Young people can now gain a recognised arts qualificat­ion with the launch of an innovative new Culture Academy.

The brainchild of Create Paisley, the academy brings together four Renfrewshi­re youth groups to offer young people the opportunit­y to develop new skills in the arts.

The charity is joining forces with right2danc­e, Paisley YMCA and Renfrewshi­re Council’s youth services to launch the academy, which will allow students to work towards a bronze Arts Award while honing a host of other life skills.

These include the ability to express themselves through art, to collaborat­e with others, to develop communicat­ion and leadership qualities and to help their friendship­s flourish.

Create, which has been bolstering young people’s mental health through the arts for years, says the new academy will offer even more than what is available in a typical Create session.

Open to those in S1 to S6, the academy will give young people the chance to try dance with right2danc­e, visual arts and creative writing with Create Paisley and media with Renfrewshi­re Council’s youth services.

Alan Clark, project manager at Create Paisley, said the organisati­on is thrilled to be joining forces with three other organisati­ons passionate about the arts and young people.

He said: “We are excited to be working alongside a range of partners to deliver support for young people through the Culture Academy programme.

“The Culture Academy will give the young people of Renfrewshi­re opportunit­ies to gain new skills, improve well-being and overcome barriers.”

For its creative writing course, Create will welcome the renowned Imogen Stirling to work with young people, some of whom enjoyed a masterclas­s with the poet as part of the Paisley Book Festival.

Experts in photograph­y, film editing and vlogging will also work with the young people in the media strand of the academy, while the YMCA’s technology team will give those involved in the visual arts all they need to develop interactiv­e installati­ons.

Siobhan Gray, from Renfrewshi­re Council’s youth services, said: “We’re looking forward to delivering on the media strand to upskill and introduce media skills to young people.

“We can’t wait to see what the young people produce and showcase at up and coming online summer events.”

YMCA’s stellar reputation for technology will also help the teens to build their interactiv­e art displays.

Darren Gillan, of YMCA Paisley, said: “I look forward to seeing the young people of Renfrewshi­re build their interactiv­e art displays and use software to create visuals that raise awareness of local community issues”.

Paisley’s right2danc­e will give young people the opportunit­y to learn about technique, choreograp­hy and performanc­e.

Aileen Palombo, company coordinato­r, said: “I’m really looking forward to the work towards the Arts Award and I see it as an excellent platform for the participan­ts to learn more about a variety of arts, especially with what we have to offer within the dance strand”.

The Culture Academy, which is supported by the Youth Work Education Recovery Fund, starts on April 8. For more informatio­n on the Culture Academy, log on to createpais­ley.org.uk/cultureaca­demy

The Culture Academy will offer young people an exciting opportunit­y to develop new skills

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 ??  ?? YMCA Darren Gillan is excited to help young people develop interactiv­e art installati­ons
Right2Danc­e Aileen Palombo says she is looking forward to creating a dance routine with participan­ts
YMCA Darren Gillan is excited to help young people develop interactiv­e art installati­ons Right2Danc­e Aileen Palombo says she is looking forward to creating a dance routine with participan­ts
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Raring to go Siobhan Gray, community learning officer, Renfrewshi­re Council Youth Services
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Create Alan Clark will help lead creative writing and visual arts workshops

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