Help make art happen on course

ARTS COURSE: from left, Dr Karen Parry, chief executive at Grace House, Fiona McKeown from the Cultural Spring and Cheryl Gavin from Helix Arts.

ARTS COURSE: from left, Dr Karen Parry, chief executive at Grace House, Fiona McKeown from the Cultural Spring and Cheryl Gavin from Helix Arts.

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WEARSIDERS can get artistic with a unique training course.

The Make Art Happen programme aims to create a team of managers able to organise and run community arts projects.

The course is ideal for community or voluntary organisations with an interest in developing the skills of their staff and volunteers to deliver their own art programme.

Cheryl Gavin, senior project manager at Helix Arts

It will start early this month and teach people how to develop and run a community arts initiative.

The eight weekly sessions will lead toward the delivery of a paid-for project designed, organised and run by those on the course.

Make Art Happen is being delivered by Helix Arts on behalf of the Cultural Spring, an Arts Council-funded project working to increase participation in the arts on Wearside and South Tyneside.

Cheryl Gavin, senior project manager at Helix Arts, said: “This is the third such course we’ve run and they’re proving very popular.

“We spend eight weeks looking at teaching and developing the skills needed to run a community arts project. It will include specific modules such as artist recruitment, marketing, financial control, production, evaluation, fund-raising and sustainability.

“The participants will then get the chance to put their skills to the test in real-life as the Cultural Spring will invest £2,500 into the group’s chosen project.

“The course is ideal for community or voluntary organisations with an interest in developing the skills of their staff and volunteers to deliver their own art programme. It isn’t rigidly formulaic, we’ll adapt it to take into account specific community needs.”

The course starts at HOPS, the Quaker House, 30 Roker Park Road, Sunderland, on Wednesday, May 6, at 6pm and costs £25 for each participant.

To sign, speak to Fiona on 07501 725331 or email fiona.mckeown@theculturalspring.org.uk.