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Time to Shine - National Youth Arts Strategy

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Time to Shine is Scotland’s first National Youth Arts Strategy (PDF). It sets out a ten-year vision to enable Scotland’s children and young people to flourish and achieve in and through the arts and creativity.

The implementation of Time to Shine commenced in April 2014 and concluded in March 2017. The main focus of this implementation programme was the distribution of funding of just under £4.5m to support a broad range of activity which included:

  • Establishing nine regional youth arts hubs; Argyll Youth Arts Hub, #FreshCreations, Glasgow Youth Arts Hub, Ayr Youth Arts Network, Youth Arts Collective North East, #Artcore, Fife, Highlands Youth Arts Hub, iGNITE
  • Supporting the national youth arts companies to extend their engagement across Scotland
  • Working with the literature and film sectors to deliver art form development projects
  • Delivering TTS.Digital, a fund to inspire digital creativity in young people
  • Producing the Unconvention 2016 – the inaugural national children and young people’s arts conference
  • Creating Youth Arts Events, a calendar of arts opportunities for young people that youth arts providers can add their events to 
  • Founding a National Youth Arts Advisory Group and the Nurturing Talent Fund – a small grants programme for young people.

The implementation of Time to Shine engaged over 45,000 young people and this video shows some of the difference made to young people around Scotland:

Over the next two years Time to Shine will:

  • Continue to support and work with the National Youth Arts Advisory Group to ensure that young people are embedded in the forward development of the strategy
  • Continue to maintain and develop the Nurturing Talent Fund, providing access and progression support directly to young people across sector and artform
  • Work with a National TTS Working Group, who will engage youth arts and youth provision partners, education and industry partners and the National Youth Arts Advisory Group in facilitated discussion about the forward development and delivery of the strategy
  • Deliver a second youth led Unconvention (national children and young people’s arts conference) staged in 2018 - aligned to the Year of Young People.

A complete list of resources relating to the delivery of Time to Shine to-date, including the original strategy document, can be viewed on the Time to Shine Resources pages.

Latest Stories from Time to Shine

Scotland's rising stars awarded creative talent funding

Young Scots from across the country have been awarded funding to help pursue their creative ambitions through the Time to Shine Nurturing Talent Fund.

Published: 18 Apr 2019

What it's like to work as part of the NYAAG

Hannah Poyner from Inverness talks to us about her experience of being a member of NYAAG - the National Youth Arts Advisory Group.

Published: 03 Dec 2018

Six events we can't wait to see at UNCON 2.0

Are you ready for UNCON 2.0? This free, all-day youth arts event is for young people by young people. It’s been created by the National Youth Arts Advisory Group (NYAAG). The main aim of the event is to showcase and celebrate some of the amazing young talent that Scotland has (...)

Published: 30 Aug 2018

Transposition: What Scotland's National Youth Arts Advisory Group learnt on Erasmus in Denmark

In April 2018, eight members of Scotland's National Youth Arts Advisory Group embarked on Transposition, an Erasmus exchange, visiting their Danish counterparts Taenketank for Ungekultur (TUK). Here, Amy Firth - a young person working as part of the Time to Shine team - reflects on the experience.

Published: 22 May 2018

Inspiring digital creativity in young people with TTS.Digital

Allan Berry, TTS Digital Co-ordinator, shares his thoughts about the programme designed to inspire digital creativity in young people.

Published: 20 Jan 2017