Auto Italia’s artist-led education programmes create a range of opportunities for young people to engage with artists at the forefront of new artistic discourse and practice, with a particular focus on engaging participants in our immediate area of Tower Hamlets. These projects connect young people to the heart our artistic programme, transforming access to artists and creative projects into a curriculum of learning opportunities. We are committed to the long term inclusivity of the visual arts and through using the organisation’s artistic resources as tools, we aim to create meaningful and engaging creative learning experiences.
Auto Italia connects young people aged 14-18 living in Tower Hamlets to our artistic programme though skills training and mentoring projects focusing on new media arts and technology. Young Artists Programme aims to broaden young people’s conceptions of what an art practice can be – looking outside of traditional media – thinking how new technologies can open up entirely new routes for their own personal progression. Participants in the Young Artists Programme meet regularly with associated programme artists and take part in events aimed at developing skills applicable across a wide range of industries and further education subjects including art and design, filmmaking, media technology, game design and web development. Since launching the programme in Tower Hamlets in 2016, 100% of young people taking part in the programme have gone on to study creative subjects in Higher Education. Karen Brock OBE, Head of Tower Hamlets Art and Music Education Service (THAMES) says “Auto Italia’s Young Artists Programme works to address huge lacks in arts provision in Tower Hamlets offering a unique level of access to exhibition programming and vital learning and development opportunities for young people”. 2015-16 participant Forida Begum says “Young Artists Programme was inspiring, thoughtful and fun and it has inspired me to learn more. The artwork I made with Auto Italia helped me to secure a place at Ravensbourne University to study fine art!”
Auto Italia’s Young Artists Programme has received support from, and worked in partnership with, Tower Hamlets Arts Music Education Service (THAMES), John Lyons Foundation, David and Claudia Harding Foundation, Awards for All, Shape Arts, Black Shuck.
For further information, including details on how to enroll pupils on the programme or arrange a school visit please email email@example.com.
Auto Italia has been built on a foundation of grassroots organising and self-organisation. Our work has been made possible by – and has been produced through – huge contributions from artists and community members, contributing time and support to realise the creative programmes. Learning from this rich history, Volunteer Forum creates work-based training opportunities for young people interested in working in the arts. Participants receive mentoring from artistic staff, artists and technical teams and are encouraged to discuss and analyse a wide range of contemporary art within the programme and relate this to their own interests and practice through activities including working with exhibition technicians, meeting artists and supporting them to install artworks, and taking part in public events. Volunteer Forum members receive opportunities for evening and weekend paid employment. If you are interested in volunteering and would like to join the Forum please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auto Italia offers one recent University of the Arts London graduate a 6-month internship each year – paid at London Living Wage – in partnership with Artquest’s AWP Internship scheme. Candidates are the first in their family to have attended university and are involved in both creative and organisational activity at Auto Italia, working side-by-side with the Directors to gain skills, experience and insight into the work of the organisation. Ellie Butters, recipient of the 2016/17 AWP Internship, says: “Auto Italia gave me endless opportunities to acquire and develop new skills and by doing so have completely bolstered my confidence. Over the course of my internship I was constantly challenged by new ways of working”. To learn more about the AWP widening participation internships, please visit www.artquest.org.
Young Producers Network is a community for young creatives outside of higher education that aims to dismantle barriers to development and access that young artists face in relation to funding, institutional support and production expertise. The programme addresses the lack of opportunities for young artists in London to find networks of support, access to critical discussions, and spaces to further their practice through a number of developmental resources and training including:
– technical training in new digital technologies
– free studio and rehearsal space
– artistic mentoring and critical feedback sessions
– advocacy and networking opportunities through introductions to artists and organisations within Auto Italia’s peer network
– advice on grant applications
– support scaling up projects to large-scale productions/exhibitionsTo learn more about Young Producers Network please email email@example.com. Unsolicited proposals for projects related to this programme strand are not accepted.
Auto Italia supports and hosts A/WA, an association of 250 artists and creative workers and an ongoing series of talks, screenings, seminars, reading groups, workshops and critical feedback sessions, conceived as a forum for peer exchange. A/WA offers a support network for associates and enables self-organised learning, professional development and critical dialogue. Art/Work Association’s current programme of work is supported through Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.More information about the group and details of upcoming sessions organised as part of A/WA’s programme are detailed at www.artworkassociation.org.