What goes on at… Cultural Citizens Barking & Dagenham?

We speak to Steven Smith from Studio 3 Arts about Cultural Citizens, a new pilot project from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport aimed at increasing access to the arts.

What goes on at… Cultural Citizens Barking & Dagenham?

What happens at Cultural Citizens Barking & Dagenham?

300 young people from 5 schools in Barking and Dagenham are taking part in workshops with artists after school, exploring different art forms and getting to grips with culture.

What do you offer to young people?

A chance to try out new activities from graffiti and art to theatre improvisation and dance, with fantastic artists. The opportunity to explore what the borough and London has on offer around culture, and break down some of the barriers they have to accessing it.

What activities are most popular for young people and why?

Each school gets to have their say on 4 different trips which they go on. All 5 schools have already visited the Royal Opera House to watch the amazing Royal Ballet, take part in workshops and see the dancers warming up backstage! The young people are excited about their next trips which include street art tours, interactive theatre, spoken word workshops and art gallery visits.

Do you run Arts Award? If so, what do you offer and how can young people get involved?

Every Cultural Citizens participant is working towards a Bronze Arts Award. Studio 3 Arts also offers Arts Awards through its regular Big Deal workshops. These are free and take place on Mondays (theatre), Wednesday (dance) and Thursdays (music) from 5.30pm - http://www.studio3arts.org.uk/open-access/. Keep an eye on our website as Big Deal gets bigger and better.

Are you an Arts Award Supporter? If so, what do you offer to young people doing Arts Award?

We are an Arts Award Supporter and we have a range of offers that they can come and take part in, from arts activities, to festivals and performances. Get in touch to find out more.

Is there anything you particularly want to promote to young people at the moment?

Arts and cultural experiences should be for everyone, regardless of background, age, wealth or prior knowledge. Go and explore!

Where can people find more information about London Cultural Citizens?



This pilot project is run in partnership with Creative Barking and Dagenham, A New Direction and Barking and Dagenham Cultural Education Partnership. It is funded by the Department of Culture and Media and Arts Council England.

Photo: Steven Smith


Tom Inniss

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Tom is the Editor of Voice. He is a politics graduate and holds a masters in journalism, with particular interest in youth political engagement and technology. He is also a mentor to our Voice Contributors, and champions our festivals programme, including the reporter team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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