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 GalleryOriel MyrddinDenbighshire 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.

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.

Teacher, Carmarthen
Credit: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

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. 

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!

Denbighshire project artist Vivienne Rickman-Poole

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.

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