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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

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

Six Scottish Youth Arts Agencies receive over £400,000

Six Scottish Youth Arts Agencies have received a share of £401,444 funding to support the development of a series of youth-led digital arts and cultural projects.

Published: 02 Nov 2015

New funding announced for youth-led digital arts and culture projects

Ten Scottish Youth Arts Agencies will receive a share of £49,850 funding to support the development of a series of youth-led digital arts and cultural projects.

Published: 01 Jun 2015

New funding awarded to organisations in the Borders, Edinburgh and Stornoway as part of Time to Shine

Over £283,000 has been awarded to organisations based in the Borders, Edinburgh and Stornoway to create opportunities for young people to flourish and achieve, in and through the arts and creativity.

Published: 18 May 2015

Glasgow Youth Arts Festival 2015

Glasgow Youth Arts Hub's city wide festival of free youth arts activities kicks off this month. We asked hub producer, Claire O'Hara, to give us the skinny on a festival that's encouraging young people in Glasgow to "get oot their gaffs".

Published: 31 Mar 2015