Arts Ambassadors

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Young people in Shepton Mallet are getting serious about arts! This partnership project with St Paul's CofE VC Junior School, St Aldhelm's, Bowlish Infants, Shepton Mallet Infants, Croscombe and Stoke St Michael and Make the Sunshine has enabled 21 Young Arts Ambassadors to be selected from across the town.

Ambassadors meet monthly at Paul Street Community Centre in Shepton Mallet.

Six primary schools across the town have selected 21 Arts ambassadors to represent their school from ages 6-11. The groups are being brought together as part of a project run by Make the Sunshine and supported by Mendip District Council and Shepton Mallet Town Council.

During the sessions young people learn about different art forms and team working skills - from drama to dance, puppetry to portraiture. They get to run question and answer sessions with professional performers and artists as well as exploring and deepening their understanding of arts in local area.

So far they have run a Q&A with professional actor Angela Smith who performs with internationally celebrated theatre company Vamos. Children learned about mask artists and mine artists and even got to see one of the masks in action!

Shepton’s new Arts Ambassadors also lead programming for All the World's Our Playground theatre programme in July. Ambassadors learnt about some of the things you need to think about when choosing performance companies - accessibility, budgeting, suitability, creating a balanced programme, travel as well as selecting their favourite acts.

The scheme will be accredited meaning that young people will gain an Arts Award Explore qualification as part of the programme which will be awarded by Trinity College in London.

One participant said “It was so fun. I loved meeting people from other schools. I loved all of it”

Sessions are run by Jane Barry and Louise Lappin-Cook.The Arts Ambassadors Programme has been supported by Mendip Council and Shepton Mallet Town Council.