Brewery Youth Arts has acquired a reputation for delivering a successful and engaging arts programme and is particularly strong in the development of partnership work. We operate as a cultural resource for South Lakeland, offering a service to formal and informal education providers through our centre-based and outreach programme. We have worked alongside arts organisations, local authority youth organisations, children’s services, charities as well as health and social services.
Some of our current community projects are:
- Interact (funded through Postcode Lottery and supported by Prism Arts). This is our theatre company for vulnerable adults, which meets weekly to develop personal and social skills through theatre. We work closely with The Knotted Project to deliver these sessions and develop theatre pieces for the group to work on and perform.
- I-Cre8 (in partnership with Sedburgh Drive/Cumbria County Council Early Help Team and Brathay Trust). This is a short course, now in it’s second year, which includes young people from across the county on the edge of care. The group meet on a weekly basis with a variety of artists to help develop personal and social skills.
- Act Your Age (in partnership with Age UK). This is a brand new theatre company for older members of our community. They recently achieved great success performing a short piece around the theme of friendship during Paines Plough’s Roundabout season in Grasmere. They are currently working in partnership with Headlong Theatre Company on a national project.
- Creative Difference (in partnership with Dance Syndrome and Fairoak Housing). We host regular Dance and Art classes for adults with learning disabilities.
- Applied Theatre in Cumbria (in partnership with Curious Minds, South Lakeland District Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner, Community Safety South Cumbria, South Lakeland Health and Wellbeing). We are working with our partners to develop theatre performances as methodology for addressing issues of concern to young people. These will then be toured within schools across South Cumbria.
- Early Years Music Programme (funded by Youth Music and in partnership with Barnados, local primary schools and Cumbria Music Hub). This involves exploring the impact of early years music sessions to support children and families with the transition from nursery to primary school.