We fundamentally believe children and young people are audiences of today as well as tomorrow and deserve access to high calibre dance provision that engages, excites and enables new ways of seeing the world.
Children and young people access the arts through schools or parental/carer endorsement. With the widely-reported reduction of arts activities in schools coupled with the fact that parents from lower socio-economic backgrounds are less likely to encourage their children to participate in the arts, many children simply have limited or no access.
We want to help address this and ensure children and young people across London have access to contemporary dance regardless of their location, ethnicity or background. For the past six years we have been working with local arts centres, parks and outdoor spaces to take high calibre national and international children and young people’s contemporary dance productions to outer London boroughs (where 64% of children and young people live work and study).
Building on this activity, we are now working to address two of the key specific barriers to arts attendance identified by children and young people in A New Direction’s Cultural Capital report 2014:
Initial work to realise this aim manifested in an 18-month pilot programme titled Access Croydon, which we delivered across 2018-19.
Click here for more information about Access Croydon.
During 2020, to develop our creative learning work, we are now working in depth in the borough of Hounslow to undertake Access Hounslow; a 10-month residency, during which we will roll out initiatives that have proved positive in helping to reduce the two barriers outlined, as well as continuing to test other approaches within a different geographical context.
Click here for more information about Access Hounslow and upcoming events.