#artcore – what we do

#artcore is a collaborative 2 year project led by Out of the Blue at the Drill Hall in collaboration with Edinburgh arts organisations, young people, artists and young Creative Apprentices. 

We aim to develop a new and vibrant youth arts scene, one distinct from adult arts, where young people take charge. #artcore is for young people aged 13 – 25 ; apprentices aged 16 – 24; youth arts organisations and practitioners.

The project will provide paid employment opportunities for young people and empowers Creative Apprentices and participants to develop youth arts. Over the two years we will involve some 1500 young people in the creative programme.

#artcore is a collaboration between 13 arts organisations across the city. To find out more about our partners, scroll down.

We work around the city to bring you an exciting programme of youth arts, including music, game design, film-making, creative writing, circus, theatre, scriptwriting, printmaking, publishing, radio production, guerilla art and programming. Click here for our current programme.

From unsigned band nights to multi-arts festivals, #artcore organise events for young people to get involved with the arts and showcase work to the public.
Click here to see our upcoming events.

We have currently filled our positions for this term but keep checking back as we will have more opportunities for you!

We are opening an exciting new print studio called Out of the Blueprint to be run by and for young people. Click here for more information.

The #artcore project takes a 2 year, 2 stage approach to our activities.

Year One: Research and Development | Microprojects to try out innovative ideas Scoping of infrastructure needs | Recruit and develop Creative Apprentices Develop youth arts organisations | Review

Year Two: Deliver projects developed from microprojects | Distribute via platforms to a wider audience | Establish Out of the Blueprint Risograph print studio Steering groups with partners and young people | Live monthly showcases | Developed digital platforms

Out of the Blue leads the project. Out of the Blueprint is #artcore’s The key collaborators are Edinburgh City Libraries, Pyroceltica, Strangetown, North Edinburgh Arts, Creative Electric, Thistle Foundation, Lucky Frame, The Bongo Club, WHALE Arts, Hoda Productions and Active Inquiry. Our major funder is the Creative Scotland Youth Arts Development Fund, Time to Shine and we are one of 9 Scottish youth arts hubs. We also work with arts and community partners, freelance practitioners and young creatives. We are interested in expanding our network of collaborators. We are particularly interested in hearing from any Edinburgh based young person, youth groups or those supporting young people.

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    #artcore is a multi arts project developing a unique and vibrant youth arts scene in Edinburgh, one where young people take charge.
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