Young people get creative

The Creative Industries Conference for Young People brought together over 90 senior students from South Ayrshire Councils Belmont Academy, Carrick Academy, Girvan Academy, Kyle Academy, Prestwick and Queen Margaret Academy. Each student was specially selected to attend the conference as they are particularly interested in pursuing a career in the arts.

South Ayrshire Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder said: “The conference was a great success and very beneficial to the students.

“It is important that we ensure that students who are artistic and are determined to have a career in the arts know the reality of how the industry works. I was particularly impressed with the way in which the students from the University of the West of Scotland passed on their knowledge and experience to our school students.

“We have a great reputation in this country for delivering high quality arts productions and I am positive that some of these students will achieve great things in the industry in the future.”

Students from the University of the West of Scotland delivered seminars and hands on workshops for delegates providing peer to peer mentoring through the day in a range of industry related themes, including film sound effects, radio and screen writing and theatre production.

A number of market place style displays enabled the school students to learn more about the arts and theatre companies, digital media and heritage organisations that exist locally and nationally. These organisations offer direct support and opportunities for young people in creative industries.

A number of the students commented about their experience of attending the Creative Industries Conference:

Lesley-Anne Niven from the University of the West of Scotland said: “The delegates from South Ayrshire secondary schools and youth organisations were enthralled by the studio facilities and the level of commitment and expertise shown by the lecturing staff from Creative & Cultural Industries. The Conference helped highlight the links between pupils and teachers from secondary schools and the Higher Education sector, which are not always apparent. Most young people are aware of their future ambitions and taking part in this event helped to underline their aspirations of working within the Creative Industries sector.”

The conference was funded by Education Scotland and Creative Scotland and is part the Creative Learning Network in South Ayrshire Council.

The Creative Learning Networks Fund is managed by Education Scotland, in partnership with Creative Scotland to support the development of Creative Learning Networks (CLNs) in local authority areas across Scotland.

Picture caption:− Councillor Margaret Toner is pictured with conference delegates.