Step Up training course coming to Poole Museum

The partnership will see Leading Workshops run from May

Poole Museum has been announced as a new location for a professional training course run by award-winning arts charity Outside In. The partnership has been made possible thanks to funding from Arts Council England and will enable artists facing barriers to the art world to learn new skills.

The Leading Workshops course is part of the charity’s training and professional development programme Step Up and has spaces for ten to 15 participants. Delivered by an experienced tutor in a series of half day sessions over ten-weeks, it is designed to support artists in developing the skills needed to run workshops.

Outside In director and founder Marc Steene said: “Having held the Outside In: Alternative Visions exhibition at Poole Museum in the spring of last year, we are excited to now be continuing this partnership with our Step Up training. Partnerships – and courses – such as this one are vital in order to support artists to further develop their skills and gain employment and other opportunities in the art world.”

Anna Shiels, arts and health programme manager at Borough of Poole said: “The Alternative Visions exhibition presented a fantastic opportunity for artists facing barriers to have their art work exhibited in Poole Museum and other venues across the South West. I’m delighted that we will be able to offer new opportunities to artists from across Dorset and beyond with this professional course.”

Applications for the course will open on Monday 18 February and the deadline is Wednesday 3 April, participants will need to be able to commit to attending the course every Monday at 12.30pm to 4.30pm between 13 May and 22 July (excluding 27 May).

The cost of the course will be £20 per person, however there are support options available so please talk to Kate Davey, Step Up coordinator, by calling 01273 381311.

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