THG wins Arts Council funding to work with young people

Published on: 
11 January 2023

THG has been awarded a significant grant from Arts Council England to work with local young people in the arts across East Devon.

The Create Our Space (COS) programme will provide new dynamic and inclusive opportunities to engage with arts, culture and climate, responding to the needs of East Devon’s young people aged 7-25.

The project has been developed through partnerships led by THG with the University of Exeter, the Blackdown Hills AONB, Honiton Community College and SW Museums.

The COS project will transform THG’s provision for East Devon’s young people; led by young people, for young people. It will combine provision for creativity and learning with support for mental health, wellness and enjoyment of the outdoors. THG will be a place where young people are represented and can shape and co-create cultural experiences for their communities.

The project comprises a new Youth Network, Engagement Coordinator student intern, youth-produced off-site projects and exhibitions, youth-led digital resources, events and workshops.

Councillor Nick Hookway, East Devon District Council Portfolio Holder Tourism, Leisure, Sport and Culture said,

"I would like to thank Arts Council England and the National Lottery for this generous grant of £26,015 to develop the “Create Our Space” project. It will enable THG to work extensively beyond the gallery partnering with schools and community groups across East Devon. My congratulations to all those involved in winning this award. I look forward to seeing the project in action. "