Members Blog: Best practice in youth arts project management

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Clare Hankinson

Supported by the FHSE Travel and Training Bursary, this autumn Clare Hankinson from Fabrica attended a six-day course run by Artswork on Youth Arts Project Management and Reflective Practice (YAPMRP).

Having managed Fabrica Film Club since 2013, when it was set up to engage older audiences, over the past few years we’ve also found that film can be a brilliant way to work with several key audiences at Fabrica, a contemporary art gallery based in a former Regency Church in the heart of Brighton.

Including younger voices

In 2016 we began a new project, supported by Film Hub South East, working with young film programmers (18-30) to weave younger voices into our programming and in turn encourage emerging programmers into the film industry. In 2017 this idea became ‘Fresh Perspectives’ – a young peer group for people aged 16-25 to programme a series of monthly film screenings at Fabrica.

Photo: Fresh Perspectives Screening at Fabrica, photographer: Syl Ojalla

Photo: Fresh Perspectives Screening at Fabrica, photographer: Syl Ojalla

The YAPMRP course came up just as Fresh Perspectives was starting, and it seemed too good an opportunity to miss, as I wanted to make sure that not only the current cohort of young programmers were getting the best out of the project, but that I could spend some time on thinking about the future of this project and how it could become bigger, better and more sustainable.

Taking place over three months at Cockpit Arts, London, it was a chance to take time out of the day-to-day duties at Fabrica, and concentrate on this more strategic approach.

Building up a peer network

Over this time, we covered planning and budgeting, marketing, fundraising and evaluation. The course also became an incredibly supportive network of peers who are working across the arts and with a broad range of young audiences. That in itself was brilliant and we have kept in touch – I hope maybe I will partner with some of these new contacts in the future.

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Clare and her team pitching their film project idea to funders

For me, with more of a background in running projects aimed at older people, the most useful thing to learn from the course was about how to work successfully with young people. Learning about how people engage schools and youth groups will be something I take forward into new film programmes, and how to make sure people are safe, supported and have a true voice in the process of project-making was really helpful. Finding out about funding for this group was also really insightful, and knowing about key areas for development in youth-arts practice was very applicable to developing our film projects here at Fabrica.

I’m still absorbing the mountains of notes that I took during the course, plus all the additional materials and resources that were made available to us, but I’m certain that this will help make a longer-term project with young people and film a reality in the future – and I’m really grateful for that.

Meet our new Film Hub South East Co-ordinator: Annie Mannion

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Annie Mannion, Film Hub South East Co-ordinator

Hi! I’m really excited to be joining the Film Hub South East team to look after its digital channels, communicate with cinemas across the region, and help run events. My background is in journalism and since 2000 I’ve edited a broad range of both print and web titles, including a stint working in Chicago.

I come to this role directly from Macmillan Cancer Support charity, where I’ve worked in the Digital team for the past seven years. Most recently, I’ve also been working part time as marketing manager and events organiser for the Electric Palace – a boutique, 50-seater cinema in Hastings. Its annual Summer Music Season, hosted by David Quantick, is one of my ‘babies’, and I was also very proud to persuade the brilliant US musician and acclaimed author, Willy Vlautin, to join us for a guest appearance alongside the screen adaptation of his novel, The Motel Life.

Outside of work, my happy places are either in an old man’s pub nursing an ale and a cryptic crossword, or at the swimming pool – perhaps that’s one of the reasons The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is probably my all-time favourite film (though it’s a tough choice between that and Almost Famous, or A Mighty Wind…).

I look forward to meeting you all.

Feel free to email me about Film Hub South East.

Creative Minds conference taking place in Brighton

Creative Minds South East Conference

Creative Minds Conference 2014
Monday 10 March 2014, 10am – 5pmBrighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton, BN1 1UD

For all those interested or involved in issues of diversity and disability in the arts.

Creative Minds South East is a one day interactive conference in Brighton about quality in learning disability led arts, managed and presented by people with learning disbilities.

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Film Hub South East Advisory Group finalised


Film Hub South East has now appointed all 12 members of its new Advisory Group. The members were selected as the result of an open application call, and chosen to ensure they represented the diversity of the region and the exhibition landscape in the South East. The position of Chair will be shared by Professor Anne Boddington (the Dean of the University of Brighton’s Faculty of Arts) and Dr Frank Gray (lead member of FHSE’s Management Board and Director of Screen Archive South East).

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‘The Cinema of Childhood’ season announced


A curated touring season of films has been announced to tie in with the upcoming Mark Cousins documentary A Story of Children and Film (Dogwoof, released 4 April 2014).

For booking information please contact MarjoleinDen Bakker at FilmHouse:

The Cinema of Childhood – a season curated by Mark Cousins is a touring season of great films with child protagonists from all around the world, curated by the filmmaker Mark Cousins. It’s inspired by his documentary A Story of Children and Film, which explores the depiction of childhood in the movies through 53 films from 25 countries. The season and the documentary will be released alongside each other, in April 2014.

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