Funding success for new course to help Brighton and Hove artists

A Brighton gallery and national arts charity Outside In have been granted funding to launch an innovative course which will enable artists facing barriers to the art world to learn new skills.

The Sussex Community Foundation approved a bid for £4,250 which will allow Outside In to partner with Fabrica to run the Step Up ‘Leading Workshops’ programme.

Outside In director and founder Marc Steene said: “We are delighted that this funding will enable us to deliver our Step Up Workshops Leaders at Fabrica. Together we are seeking to support artists in the city to further develop their skills and gain employment and other opportunities in the art world.”

The course will see 15 artists learn all the skills needed to prepare and deliver their own creative workshops, from risk assessments and practical considerations to working with people who have a range of different access and support needs. Over ten weekly sessions, the course will contain a mixture of practical exercises, assignments, one-to-one support and theory sessions.

Leading Workshops is part of Step Up, Outside In’s training and professional development programme which aims to increase participants’ skills and confidence enabling them to take on employed roles or become self-employed in the arts, a notoriously exclusive sector.

This will be the first time the course has run in collaboration with Fabrica –  a visual arts organisation that commissions contemporary visual art installations – which will also offer opportunities for course participants to go on and deliver workshops at the venue afterwards.

Marc added: “Step Up provides an important means of entry for artists, currently largely excluded from the art world, to gain sector based skills to find the means to work and volunteer in the art world.” 

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