Development Opportunities

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This section provides information about the types of training and development providers for arts practice in participatory settings and the forms of training and development opportunities.

Forms of training and development opportunities

ArtWorks North East Community Workshop 1 chewing it over

Training and development opportunities in arts practice in participatory settings are provided in the form of:

  • Accredited and non-accredited courses of different duration and at various learning and qualification levels
  • Seminars and conferences
  • Distance and online teaching
  • Peer-to-peer networking and conversations
  • Project collaborations, including less experienced practitioners working alongside more experienced ones
  • Placements, ‘live projects’ and work experience
  • Internships and apprenticeships
  • Shadowing
  • Observation
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Use of toolkits, research and online resources
  • Reflective and reflexive practice, including journal keeping, through which artists take learning directly from the project work in which they are engaged

View ArtWorks working paper 5 on training and development providers and opportunities for an overview of current provision within the UK (September 2013).

Image: ‘chewing it over’ activity from ArtWorks North East Community Workshop 1

Training and development providers

ArtWorks North East Youth Work Workshop 2 Tommy Anderson tree and toy

The ArtWorks working paper 5 on training and development providers and opportunities identifies three broad types of training and development providers for arts practice in participatory settings:

  • Institutions in the further and higher education sectors
  • Arts organisations and others with a specialism or policy drive in the work, including those who may be employers or commissioners of artists
  • Artists themselves, as ‘self-providers’

Image: artist Tommy Anderson’s Summertime Jam project for Helix Arts, Barnardos, Northumberland Clubs for Young People and Throckley Community Hall

Another provider of opportunities and workshops is The Cultural Spring who’s aim is to engage people in the Sunderland and South Tyneside area with the arts

The following films were commissioned by ArtWorks to explore formal and informal training/experience contributing to artists’ careers.

Artworks Changing the Conversation: Artists on Participatory Practice Career Development from Erin Maguire on Vimeo.

Artworks Changing the Conversation: Recent Graduates on Participatory Practice Career Development from Erin Maguire on Vimeo.