A couple of weeks ago at the Royal Opera House’s Open Up event, the Culture Quarter Programme (CQP) launched Try The Arts, a brand new initiative for young people aged 14-25 to gain information about the range of work experience programmes on offer in some of London’s top creative and cultural venues. The newly created website www.trythearts.co.uk is packed full of useful information about job roles, programmes and career fairs, top tips and lots of case studies and videos from people who have already made it!
“We recognised from our own experience of looking for jobs that it is often really difficult for young people to get work in the arts without any previous experience. Having gained positions on the Culture Quarter Programme we decided that we could do something to try and tackle this problem by creating a series of detailed resources which can give other young people a helping hand, letting them know how and where to find work experience placements and what to expect when they get there.”…“It’s been fantastic to have the opportunity to launch this initiative at Open Up. This is a chance to speak to almost 600 members of our target audience and our stall is attracting a lot of interest!” Nick Boyd-Vaughan, CQP member.
The initiative has been independently produced by 36 young people employed on the Culture Quarter Programme, a partnership of arts and cultural organisations based in Central London who are offering paid employment and training to young people who have been unemployed for more than 6 months. The organisations involved include English National Opera, Exhibition Road Cultural Group, the Hospital Club, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House, Somerset House, St Martin-in-the-Fields and the V&A Museum. Please visit www.culturequarterprogramme.co.uk for more information on this innovative project.