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Engaging with young people in Wales


In 2014 Engage Cymru was awarded £40,000 to run engage in Momentum – an Arts Council of Wales-funded successor programme to Reach the Heights, in partnership with Communities First. In 2015 the project returned as Engage in Momentum II, as Engage Cymru were awarded further funding which offered the exciting opportunity to build on the Momentum gallery projects which took place in 2014.

Engage in Momentum, 2014

Fourteen projects took place across Wales between April and July 2014 in areas that included Denbighshire, Conwy, Swansea and Carmarthenshire. engage Cymru worked with Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Oriel Myrddin, Denbighshire Arts Service and Conwy Arts Service to deliver a range of innovative creative interventions with hard to reach or NEET young people. With the focus on achieving hard outcomes, all the young people who took part worked towards Explore or Bronze Arts Award accreditation. 

Findings from the evaluation of the project suggested that engage in Momentum had been successful in its aim to enable young people to gain one or more hard outcomes through an arts intervention. Two young people were offered unconditional places on Foundation art courses as a result of the work produced in the Momentum programme. One teacher from Camarthen said: “Eloise returned from her Foundation interview and broke into a smile, one of the first we’ve seen from her, as she told us that she had been offered an unconditional place on the course for September." 

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery were recommended for a commendation for their excellence as delivery partners of Bronze Arts Award and for their innovative delivery methods. Six young people were proud to have achieved Bronze Level Arts Award and 16 at Explore Level. Denbighshire project artist Vivienne Rickman-Poole said of the project: "An absolutely delightful, unique arts log is testament to the engagement and application of the young person, and he is commended on his creativity and reflection. The Adviser evidently leads a programme that develops individual skills appropriately and with care, and has accurately assessed the young person's progression against the criteria. I can think of no 'developmental feedback' to offer - exemplary work by all concerned!"

As a result of the success of the programme, Engage Cymru was delighted to be awarded further Arts Council of Wales (ACW) funding for Engage in Momentum II - which offered the exciting opportunity to build on the  gallery projects which took place in 2014 and extended the timescale of the pilot programme to August 2015. This allowed participants to further test the effectiveness of their approach to identification, tracking, progression and outcomes, and Engage Cymru looked forward to working in partnership with Denbighshire, Ceredigion, Cardiff and Carmarthenshire to develop a range of engaging creative interventions with young people across Wales during 2015.

Engage in Momentum II, 2015 
Momentum II funded by the Arts Council of Wales, set out to further test the effectiveness of an approach to identification, tracking, progression and outcomes for young people. The project has enabled Engage Cymru to build on earlier successful work, in partnership with a range of galleries, artists, Pupil Referral Units and organisations working with marginalised young people, to deliver a wide range of innovative visual arts interventions and help support nearly 40 young people to achieve Arts Award or Agored qualifications. The intention has been to provide intensive arts interventions for smaller groups of young people. 

“The Momentum project is weaving its magic across both sides of the school. Once again it has proved to be a powerful tool in keeping at least two learners engaged and attending.” Teacher, PRU unit, Carmarthen

The Aberystwyth Arts Centre project kicked off with a wonderful pin hole camera activity led by Steve Bailey on the day of the Eclipse. Denbighshire Arts Service engaged digital and projection technology artist Joel Cockrill to work with Access Course students at Rhyl College. Young people from the PRU unit in Carmarthen worked with metal artist Angharad Pearce Jones creating gigantic cutlery in her forge to be installed near the school canteen. One young person was engaged as an assistant during the setting up of Angharad’s solo show at Oriel Myrddin – ‘A Pram in the Hallway’. Some of the young people who worked with Angharad shared their experieces:

"The Momentum Project has helped me decide what I would like to do for work experience. It's been the best experience I've ever had in any school"

"Working at the forge was brilliant. I would spend every day there if I could." 

As a direct result of taking part in this programme, young people are more motivated about their futures, and several have been offered places on further education courses. One teacher said: "Taking part in the Momentum project has benefited Owen’s academic qualifications and personal growth.  He has been accepted to study Art and Design at college with a degree in sculpture in his long-term plans. This is a direct result of taking part in the Momentum project."

engage: Momentum II 
Mae Momentum II wedi galluogi Engage Cymru i adeiladu ar waith cynharach llwyddiannus, mewn partneriaeth gyda nifer o orielau, artistiaid, Unedau Cyfeirio Disgyblion a chyrff yn gweithio gyda phobl ifanc ar y cyrion, i gyflwyno ystod eang o ymyriadau celf weledol arloesol a helpu i gynorthwyo yn agos i 40 o bobl ifanc gyflawni cymwysterau Gwobr y Celfyddydau neu Agored. Fel canlyniad uniongyrchol i gymryd rhan yn y rhaglen hon, mae gan y bobl ifanc fwy o gymhelliad ynghylch eu dyfodol, ac mae llawer wedi cael cynnig lle ar gyrsiau addysg bellach.

"Mae cymryd rhan ym mhrosiect Momentum wedi bod yn fuddiol i gymwysterau academaidd Owen yn ogystal â’i dwf personol. Mae wedi’i dderbyn i astudio Celf a Dylunio yn y coleg gyda gradd mewn cerflunio’n rhan o’i gynlluniau tymor hir. Mae hyn yn ganlyniad uniongyrchol i gymryd rhan ym mhrosiect Momentum."  (athrawes yn Uned Cyfeirio Disgyblion Caerfyrddin) Aeth Momentum II, a gyllidwyd gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, ati i brofi ymhellach effeithiolrwydd dull o ddynodi, tracio, dilyniant a chanlyniadau i bobl ifanc. Cynigiwyd cyllid i brosiectau a gyflawnodd ganlyniadau llwyddiannus yn ystod cam cyntaf y cynllun peilot ac i brosiectau newydd, gan gynnwys engage Cymru. Y bwriad fu darparu ymyriadau celf dwys i grwpiau llai o bobl ifanc.

Dolen at yr adroddiad gwerthuso ac astudiaethau achos:
 - Bydd fersiwn Cymraeg gwerthusiad Momentum II ar gael o fewn y bythefnos nesaf, a chaiff ei ychwanegu pan fydd ar gael

Evaluation Reports
engage in Momentum (2014) English
engage in Momentum (2014) Cymraeg

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engage in Momentum II (2015) English
engage in Momentum (2015) Cymraeg

Image Gallery
Click here to view a gallery of images from the Momentum project

Click here to see images of a pop-up exhibition of work created during Mometum, held at Oriel Myrddin


Credit - Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
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Credit - Angharad Pearce Jones, Oriel Myrddin. Click here to see further images. 

Credit - Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
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