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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

Scottish Book Trust Launches Search for Teen Writers And Illustrators

Scottish Book Trust has launched a search for Scottish teens who want to develop their talents in creative writing or illustration in any form, and help to build the teen literary scene in Scotland.

Published: 21 Dec 2016

YAVs report from the TTS Unconvention

We hear from four of Time to Shine’s national youth arts advisory group Youth Arts Voice Scotland about their experience of helping to deliver the youth-led TTS Unconvention.

Published: 04 Nov 2016

Celebrating youth arts at TTS Unconvention

Young people, artists, creatives, youth workers, teachers, organisations and charities working with children and young people across Scotland gathered together in Glasgow in October 2016 to celebrate the success of Time to Shine, Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy.

Published: 19 Oct 2016

Young people embrace the arts in West Dunbartonshire with #FreshCreations

We take a look at how a youth arts hub in West Dunbartonshire is transforming access to the arts for young people.

Published: 30 Mar 2016

Ten Teenagers Chosen to Shape Young Scots' Literary Experience

Scottish Book Trust has announced the names of the ten teenagers who have been recruited to the What’s Your Story? programme to help increase opportunities for young people to access and contribute to literary culture across Scotland.

Published: 09 Dec 2015