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Youth Arts News July 2016

Update from the Youth Arts Programme

Arts and Youth Work Residency 2016/2017 now open for applications

We are delighted that we have secured funding for the Arts and Youth Work Residency programme which has been so popular with both artists and youth organisations over the past number of years.  We are now inviting applications from youth work organisations or youth arts facilities with an interest in working in collaboration on youth arts projects.  

The scheme is open now and applications should be submitted by Monday September 5th to  

Funding of up to €5000 is available for projects to run a residency project or you can apply for up to €1500 for a development grant which will enable you to finalise your partnership and develop a full proposal for a residency.  

You can download the guidelines for the programme and an application form at

Certificate in Youth Arts 2016/2017

Applications are now open for the Certificate in Youth Arts Programme which is an accredited training programme run in conjunction with Maynooth University.  The closing date for applications is August 19th.  The course invites applicants from both the arts sector who are working with young people and from youth organisations who are using the arts in their work.  The course runs over 7 modules between November 2016 and June 2017.  For more details and to download a brochure, see our website.

Photography Opportunities

Photography Competition for Youth Groups

NYCI will be launching a photography competition in the Autumn, details of the project will be available on our website in August. If your youth group is interested in participating please contact

Getting Started in Photography

After the recent success of our photography training we will be running training in Dublin and Cork in October, dates to be confirmed over the coming weeks. The training will give you the skills to run a photography project with your youth group,  and/or participate in our up coming competition. For information check our website or contact



News from Summer School

We had a fantastic 3 days in Galway with the Youth Arts Summer School.  15 people took part from all different types of organisations and worked together to create a street theatre event under the guidance of Caoimhe, Brian and Julie who tutored in the areas of street theatre, percussion and song writing.  The final product was performed in the grounds of NUIG as the sun came out after a rainy day!  Thanks to everyone for making the school such a memorable event and hopefully, we will connect up again in the future.  

Arts Advocacy Project

At the end of 2015, the Youth Arts Programme funded three youth organisations to develop a young person led, advocacy project in their local area.  12 young people and 4 youth workers/leaders attended training with NYCI in November 2015 and in April 2016 and each of the groups undertook to plan and implement a project in their area which would highlight the importance of youth arts.  In May, Crosscare's Clondalkin Youth Service held an event which was led by the young people. Having attended 2 training sessions with NYCI the group devised a plan to run a Youth StreetArt Event, to raise awareness of the benefits of involvement in art and to raise money for the Hope Foundation.  

The event contained the following. Live Street art by professional street artists, 2 Street Art Workshops facilitated by the young people, a pizza making work shop, henna painting and a raffle.

  • On the day of the event the group worked exceptionally well, worked on their own initiative, asked lots of questions and really rose to the challenge.


  • They had lots of ownership over the event. Other young people from a second street art group that we run came to help on the day which was provided a great opportunity for the groups to mix and be part of such a positive event together.


  • They enjoyed having the opportunity to talk to the professional artists, watch them work and be part of the overall creation of art in the community with them.


  • Since the event the uptake on places in the younger street art groups has been so many that we have had to created a 2nd 10 - 12yrs Street Art group. making it 3 in total operating the Knockmitten Area.


  • There was great feedback in terms of the success of the day. There was a nice community spirit and atmosphere too.

Youth Arts Seminar - Hold the Date

The Youth Arts Programme would like to invite youth organisations with an interest in youth arts to a seminar on September 14th in the Writer's Centre on Parnell Square.  The aim of the day is have some input and discussion on what is happening within youth organisations/youth projects in the area of youth arts and to share information, identify potential new areas of interest and see how we can work together for the coming year.  We hope that it will be an informative, fun and motivating day.  Further details will be posted on the website and circulated in our next newsletter.  


Opportunity for Training Course in Finland

A new training offer has been published in SALTO's European Training Calendar:

Seminar / Conference 27-29 September 2016 | Helsinki, Finland

Making Art with Youth

The seminar focuses in youth work with cultural methods. With examples by youth work, cultural institution and production experts the seminar is open to discussion and comparison. The seminar will focus also in up-to-date research.


Finnish National Agency (National Agency)

This activity is for participants from:

Belgium - FR, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain

Application deadline:

15 July 2016

› More details

(The short link for this training offer is

Training opportunity - Creativity and Change

CIT Crawford College of Art and Design

This is a CIT approved Special Purpose Award, Level 8 Certificate supported by Irish Aid.


Creativity & Change is about creativity and its power to ignite empathy, passion and learning about our interconnected and interdependent world. 

It is about imagining more humane, just and viable ways to live in the world. 

It connects how we think, live and act in the world and considers how we can live as connected global citizens becoming part of the changes we want to see. 



Artists, community workers, youth workers, activists educators, volunteers and anyone who is interested in exploring the connection between creativity, learning and change in the world and in nurturing possibilities to grow as connected global citizens.



The course has several main strands of learning within the context of global citizenship & global and local justice themes.

•Development of confidence in personal creativity

•Creativity & learning strategies 

•Facilitation skills in development education using creative methodologies 

•Creative strategies for public engagement.


For online application, please go to the APPLY link on


Funding Calls

Arts Council funding

Funding opportunities from the Arts Council

Young People, Children and Education Bursary Award: a funding opportunity for individual professional artists working with, and producing work for, children and young people across a range of artforms. 

Arts Participation Bursary Award:award specially designed to help professional artists to develop their art practice. The closing date for entries is: Thursday 14th July. More details can be found at

The closing date for applications is Thursday 21st July. More details at

News from the Youth Arts Sector

New Book on Voice and Young People

Teaching Voice: Workshops for Young Performers is an inspiring, practical guide to working with young people on their voices, by highly experienced teacher, actor and director Max Hafler.

It offers a step-by-step course of workshops and themed sessions, along with a series of exercises and vocal warm-ups – from the tried-and-tested to the truly innovative. Also included is a personal exercise plan to help you develop your own skills and confidence as a voice teacher, whatever your level of experience.

Get your copy of Teaching Voice: Workshops for Young Performers by Max Hafler for just £10 (rrp £12.99) when you use code VOICENYCI at This offer is valid until 30 September 2016.

Ballyfermot Youth Group heading to Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

Ballyfermot Youthreach's Unknown Theatre


The New Theatre

​​If Walls Could Talk

back by popular demand before playing The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016

Written & Directed by Chris O'Rourke

Devised by the students of Ballyfermot Youthreach

Thursday 21st July at 7.30pm

at The New Theatre, 43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, D2

Show runs Thursday 21st July to Saturday 23rd July

Full details:




"We are the reckless, we are the wild youth!"

 In the ruins of an old, derelict church where young people go to drink, secrets and lies strain friendships to breaking point. During the course of a single night, young lives and loves may be lost or redeemed, but all will be changed forever.
Moving from an old, abandoned church, through the streets, to a young man's bedroom, a bar and a 24 hour burger restaurant, If Walls Could Talk offers a haunting, and often humorous tale of lovers and friendships, their joys, trials and failings. And, maybe, just maybe, on finding yourself before it’s too late.




Three years ago a group of young people from Ballyfermot Youthreach took a leap of faith into the unknown. Since then they have gone from strength to strength, travelling the country and winning recognition, with cast member Zoe Kelly winning an Olympia Theatre Rising Star Award in 2015. 

Next month they head to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The idea was to take a courageous group of young people, most of whom had never set foot in a theatre before, never seen a play or attended a drama class, and get them to engage with theatre at a level comparable to their peers. To challenge the mistaken perception that young people from backgrounds where theatre is often not at first appreciated are somehow less capable than others. The result was a resounding success shouted from the New Theatre in 2014 with their inaugural production Streets and Stories. Now their journey continues with If Walls Could Talk, returning by popular demand before heading to 

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

We hope you enjoy.

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