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In 2019/20 the Young Arts Team of The Arts Society Wokingham (TASW) are working with a number of local organisations to ensure that disadvantaged and vulnerable local young people can access the arts.

South Hill Park Arts Centre is, with our support, offering a progressive and innovative programme of activities for young people through two groups: Eleven Seventeen and Wilde About Arts. These workshops help broaden horizons and develop skills across a wide range of arts. TASW will also support two students with a bursary so they can attend the holiday theatre school programme. A writing course is currently being developed so young people can take ownership of writing for productions and develop plot, story, characters and lyrics for performance.

The students of St Crispin’s Secondary School have benefited from support for singing lessons, theatre trips, photography and art gallery visits and membership of the Digital Theatre scheme. Many of the visits support students in their GCSE studies and development of their portfolios. In addition, TASW have supported a visit to Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio which, as part of the Product Design GCSE, inspires students and develops their technical understanding.

The focus at Foundry College is on creating cultural capital for vulnerable students. TASW is working with the school to deliver equipment for the new Arts room which is currently being built on the site. We hope that the facility will be open in the summer term 2020. TASW have also awarded a prize to a Foundry student in recognition of her artistic development. She will use this to purchase materials for her GCSE project.

TASW are working with Bracknell and Wokingham College to provide their young people with access to more artistic experiences and innovative materials to inspire and support their studies.

The Young Arts team are keen to develop further projects to benefit the young people of Wokingham.