Arts Champions

Arts Champions is a collaboration between Falkirk Community Trust Arts, Falkirk Council Social Services and Library Support for Schools. The Arts Champions project also received funding from the Big Lottery Fund through their Young Start Programme.

Arts Champions is a 2-year project that will use a range of art forms to develop the confidence, skills and well-being of approximately 30 young people aged 8-18 years who are being looked after and accommodated by Falkirk Council.

To mark the end of year 1 the World Premiere Screening took place of 'The Way We See It'; a series of short films created by the Arts Champions participants on Friday 19th June 2015 at the Hippodrome Cinema Bo’ness. The films were extremely well received with feedback such as ‘powerful and moving pieces of work’, ‘inspirational’, ‘hugely inspiring and moving, really quality pieces of work’. You can find one of the films below however you can watch all of them here

Year 2 of the project commenced in September 2015 entitled 'Wanna See Something Scary?' David Barras and Scott Mackay (BAFTA New Talent nominated writers and filmmakers) will be working weekly with the young people to create their own horror film for a screening in May 2016.

They will explore the elements that make horror movies work: Tension, music, sound effects, make up, costume and camera work. Watching some of the best movies made in the genre, they will explore what makes your skin creep and how you can use these techniques of movie making to scare up your own film. Keep your eyes peeled here for more information.

This project follows on from a pilot project (Reading Champions, below) which focused on storytelling and animation.

Reading Champions

Between October 2012 and March 2013 Falkirk Community Trust arts team worked with Falkirk Council's Library Support and Social Work services on the Reading Champions project, to provide young people in our children's homes with an opportunity to participate in a film animation. Funded by Awards for All, the project aimed to improve long-term opportunities for looked after and accommodated young people in the Falkirk Council area and to promote arts engagement, reading, and the services libraries can offer.

Working with vulnerable young people aged 11-18 years who have experienced the trauma of loss, a programme of activities was delivered over a 5 month period in a library setting, with professionals from the arts including animators, authors, storytellers and musicians. The young people worked with storytellers Ruth Kirkpatrick and Claire Mulholland and Wrighteye Animation Studio. They also worked with renowned producer Mark Freegard of Kyoti Studio and musicians Chiara Berardelli and Benny Tetteh-Lartey, to create the soundtrack for the animation.

The participants have all joined Meadowbank Library and are regularly borrowing books. The world premier of the film animation, hosted by Des Dillon, took place for an invited audience at FTH on 22 March 2013. "

The aim is to raise further funding to continue this project into the future.

For further information, contact Hazel Beattie, Arts Development Officer (Dance and Drama) on 01324 503795

Contact us

Hazel Beattie
Arts Development Officer (Dance & Drama)
Callendar House
Callendar Park

01324 503782
Last updated: 17 February 2016 at 11:21