£40,000 cash boost for art and culture

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Hastings & Rother Arts Education Network has received a £40,000 boost to education in the arts.

It will mean more opportunities for young people from 20 local schools to visit places like the Jerwood Gallery or the De La Warr Pavilion.

The investment was received by Culture Shift, one of the partners of the Network, from Artswork.

The money, matched by other Network partners, takes the total for the initiative to £80,000 and will be used to develop a new programme of arts and cultural learning.

Catherine Orbach, co-director at Culture Shift, said: “The Artswork investment matches that of other funders to create an ambitious programme of activity designed to explore the role the arts can play in young people’s lives.”

Specific new initiatives include three emotional wellbeing courses which will use the arts to support emotional wellbeing delivered by secondary schools in East Sussex, projects involving Hastings Museum, Applause Rural Touring and Arts Champions from the network.

It will benefit the area’s young people by offering them opportunities to get involved in arts and cultural activity such as performing arts residencies and gaining Artsmark and arts awards.

Hastings and Rother Arts Education Network, established in 2013, includes both Hastings and Rother local authorities, Helenswood Academy, De La Warr Pavilion and Culture Shift.

Councillor Martin Kenward, Rother District Council cabinet member for culture, tourism and leisure, said: “Getting young people involved in cultural activity can have a really positive impact on their lives and this is a great example of partners working together to deliver a varied and exciting range of activities.” Richard Beales, strategic manager at Artswork, said: “Artswork is delighted to invest in the Hastings and Rother Arts Education Network. The network brings together an impressive range of partners as well as children and young people themselves.”