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
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.
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