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RE/CREATIONS

Image taken by a RE/CREATIONS programme participant, 2014

RE/CREATIONS was a weekly Arts Award partnership programme with the Southampton Youth Offending Service, John Hansard Gallery, artSOUTH, Southampton City Art Gallery and SeaCity Museum. The programme formed part of the wider, Artswork commissioned action research strategic funding programme which explored innovative practice between arts and cultural organisations and youth justice settings during September 2013 to August 2014. Support for the programme was also provided by the Office of the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Managed by the John Hansard Gallery and Southampton Youth Offending Service, RE/CREATIONS aimed to bridge the gap between arts and cultural provision for young people identified as ‘repeat offenders’ aged 14-17, through the provision of a longer-term weekly Arts Award embedded programme. Outcomes from this programme were evaluated in a final project report. Please download the final report for further information about the programme. Through the longer-term delivery of an innovative, high quality weekly Arts Award embedded programme supported by arts and cultural organisations in Southampton and wider Solent region, young people were provided with an opportunity to develop their creativity and re-engage back into learning. Alternately led by two trained Arts Award Advisors/Artist-Educators experienced in working with young people who have offended, supported by Southampton Solent University student volunteers, this programme combined the contemporary visual arts and cultural heritage, inspired by the regional artSOUTH commissions (as part of the artSOUTH + Young people’s programme) from September – December 2013 and Ship to Shore: Art and the Lure of the Sea (a collaborative exhibition with SeaCity Museum, programmed from February – May 2014), as well as the permanent Titanic exhibition at SeaCity Museum.

Arts Award Advisor training has been made available for youth offending service workers, programme volunteers and arts/cultural partners, as part of an investment in continuing professional development for partners. The Southampton Youth Offending Service were encouraged and supported by John Hansard Gallery to apply for and sign up to Artsmark in Round 14, through its commitment to the arts and cultural provision within its wider programme of activity. 
 
The RE/CREATIONS Programme
From the delivery of 40 sessions in total, over an approximate nine month period, young people developed their skills in a variety of different art forms, evidenced through blogs portfolios.

Incorporated into a spiral curriculum approach, RE/CREATIONS enabled seven young people in the youth offending service to participate in the programme at any time when entering the service. This flexibility aimed to provide more young people with an opportunity to achieve an Arts Award from Discover to Silver. For all of the young people who took part, this provided them with new experiences in developing creative practice as well as extending their social networks as they participated in visits to Aspex Gallery, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton City Art Gallery and Quay Arts (as part of the artSOUTH + young people’s programme in 2013) and at Southampton City Art Gallery and SeaCity Museum as part of the Ship to Shore exhibition in 2014. As part of their last sessions in the RE/CREATIONS programme on the 25th July, participants reviewed exhibitions at Hayward Gallery and Somerset House in London. This trip was supported by Artist-Educators, student volunteers and Southampton Youth Offending Service Workers.

Exhibitions through the artSOUTH and Ship to Shore, as well as other events, inspired creative themes within the programme for young people to creatively respond to in a wide range of media including photography, collage, filmmaking, sculpture, painting, e-book making, printmaking and spoken word/poetry. These themes developed by the artist-educators in collaboration with young people helped to empower participants, gaining a collective sense of ownership and involvement in the programme.
 
Summary of the Programme Outcomes
* Further enhance and develop the delivery of a high quality, longer term weekly Arts Award embedded programme within the youth offending service for young people who are known as ‘repeat offenders’.
* Innovatively, bridge the gap between arts and cultural provision in the programme, combining the contemporary visual arts and cultural/museums/heritage organisations.
* Support the continuing professional development of youth offending service workers, volunteers and arts/cultural providers through practice based learning and Arts Award Advisor training.
* Empower young people to develop the programme themes in collaboration with the Arts Award Advisors/Artist-Educators.
* Has provided opportunities for a young person to take up a Creative Traineeship at the John Hansard Gallery.
* Empower seven young people (one female, six male) to be creative and gain an Arts Award from Discover to Silver.
* Young people showcase their work through the artSOUTH conference (25th October 2013), the Creative Traineeship/Silver Arts Award curated ACTION exhibition (27th May – 19th July 2014) and final RE/CREATIONS whole group celebratory exhibition (22nd August  - 22nd November 2014).
* Development of a RE/CREATIONS toolkit highlighting the best practice approaches from the programme of working with arts and cultural organisations and youth justice settings, available on the John Hansard Gallery website.
* Evaluation which examines the impact of a weekly programme on young people, the youth offending service, and arts/cultural providers.
* Provision of support for the Southampton Youth Offending Service to sign up and apply for Artsmark Round 14 as a result of the delivery of an embedded weekly Arts Award programme. This ultimately enabled the Southampton Youth Offending Service to achieve its first Artsmark status in July 2014.

Acknowledgements
On behalf of all stakeholders, the John Hansard Gallery would like to thank the following people and organisations for their support with the RE/CREATIONS programme:
* Partner Programme Artist-Educators: Kristianne Drake, Xavier Fiddes.
* Southampton Solent University Student Volunteer: Matthew Coplestone.
* Youth Justice Organisations: The Southampton Youth Offending Service Team, the Office of the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner.
* Arts and Cultural Supporting Organisations: artSOUTH, Artswork, Southampton City Art Gallery, SeaCity Museum/SCC Arts and Heritage Department.
* H.E.I’s: Southampton University and Southampton Solent University.
 
The project partners would also like to thank all of the young people who participated in the RE/CREATIONS programme and have made this project such as success.

Congratulations to the Southampton Youth Offending Service, who was awarded its first Artsmark status in July 2014.