On the 17th March thousands of people joined together to celebrate St. Patricks Day. I too was participating in a celebration event, but it wasn’t dominated by green or alcohol. The 17 March was also the London Arts Award Exchange Event, hosted by the Roudhouse Theatre in Camden.
Organised by our very own Editor Jon, with some minor input from myself, the day brought arts centers together to engage in a day of consultations, a review workshop and a showcase of young people’s talent.
Starting at 11:30 with light refreshments, we waited for people to arrive, filling up on of the awesome cavern like rooms below the main stage of the Roundhouse, before diving straight in with a consultation.
The purpose of the consultation was to better understand how young people can be engaged with arts programmes, looking into how they have used cultural organisations previously in the hope of building upon that to provide more support in the future. Although initially shy, the group soon opened up and we were provided with some fantastic ideas. I do believe the Roundhouse were impressed with some of the suggestions and will be looking at ways to implement some of them.
A Subway platter lunch with additional sugary treats (and some healthy choices!) were then served, to keep the energy levels up for the rest of the days events. Proceeding, the group convened in the fantastic space called “The Clore”, where the group exchanged their different artistic talents. We had discussions of manga, poetry, an incredible beat boxer and a video showing the work done at SE1United. This is also when we started live blogging, and do feel free to [head on over to it and read all our musings there.]
The group were then taken on an exclusive tour around the Roundhouse. They went through all the tunnels which are incredibly old, learning about the work the Roundhouse does, and a bit about the buildings very long and varied history. A quick reconvene before the move to the ‘New Media Lab’ for a workshop with Arts Award favourite, Jake Orr.
Jake was doing a repeat of his “How to do a review” workshop, making the young people think what they should, shouldn’t and might possibly like to consider putting into an interview. Although attention of some may have wandered at points, overall I feel most walked away with a better understanding of the work that goes into reviewing a show. It is much more than just whether you liked it or not…
Overall I feel that the day was highly successful, with both young people and organsiers coming away with new information, and a feeling that the day was fun. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Roundhouse, Corinne and Dana, the Youth Network Leaders who came to help, and finally Jon, who took the monuments task in his stride, and I can confidently say that his Gold Arts Award portfolio will be shine because of this event.