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Arts and education

The following organisations and links will be useful to those interested in arts and education and working with young people. The Arts in Wiltshire blogsite hosts current information on resources, training and opportunities relating to arts and education. 

WYAP is the Youth Arts Partnership organisation for Wiltshire Council’s Early Help service. WYAP’s function is to fundraise, stimulate and deliver high quality transformative arts opportunities for children and young people. WYAP works to enrich lives through accessible high quality arts activity which supports individuals and groups to find a voice and build resilience in their lives and their communities. Funded by Public Health, WYAP is the LGBT Lead for young people in Wiltshire bringing for the first time transformational arts interventions into LGBT youth practice in Wiltshire. Key Projects: MusicMatters and POP dance.

WYAP has led on the development of a Youth Arts Charter for Wiltshire. The aspiration is that this Charter for Arts and Culture will inspire everyone involved in the delivery of ‘arts and culture’ with children and young people in Wiltshire, to consistently deliver, high quality opportunities which lead to high quality outcomes related to creativity, art work, culture, learning, personal, social and skill development. This Charter has been created in association with leading arts organisations, artists, community youth officers and young people.

The Youth Arts Charter PDF can be found in the downloads section.

Contact: 01380 826530

For more information on the Wiltshire Youth Arts Partnership go to the WYAP website and follow us on Facebook.


Part of Wiltshire council's commissioning, performance and school effectiveness team, Wiltshire Music Connect, our music education hub has a strategic overview of provision and providers across the county and provides support and resources to those who deliver music services. It can also connect anyone wanting to learn to service providers all across Wiltshire, including former music service tutors now working on a freelance basis.
Wiltshire Music Connect also provides training & support and subsidies for young musicians.


Arts Awards support young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts, build creative and leadership skills, and to achieve a national qualification.

Through Arts Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, young people aged 11-25 can explore any of the art forms including performing arts, visual arts, literature, media and multimedia. The award builds confidence, helps young people to enjoy cultural activities, and prepares them for further education or employment.

Wiltshire library service is an Arts Award Supporter and provides activities and resources to support young people on their award journey.

Arts Council England aims to make sure that every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts. Artsmark is the national programme that enables schools, further education colleges and youth justice settings to evaluate, celebrate and strengthen a quality arts offer in order to raise achievement and aspirations.
Artsmark aims to make sure that children and young people are able to develop their artistic capabilities, experience and engage with a range of art forms. It is developed in partnership with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Department of Education and Ofsted.
Visit the Artsmark website for more information about the programme.


Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) - Real Ideas Agency and Arts Council England's Bridge organisation for the South West.



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Last updated: 22 March 2017 | Last reviewed: 22 March 2017