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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

Introducing Fife Youth Arts Hub

Fife Youth Arts Hub coordinator Janet Robertson, tells us what they’ve been up since coming together in October and their big plans for 2015…

Published: 26 Nov 2014

We May Not Possess the Genius of Mr Holmes...

Lauren Neilly is one of 13 young people recently selected to be a member of Youth Arts Voice Scotland. Here she discusses the importance of giving young people a voice in Scotland's National Youth Arts Strategy, Time to Shine...

Published: 17 Nov 2014


#FreshCreations is a refreshing new youth-led approach to connect young people of West Dunbartonshire to their creativity through youth art provision, opportunities and paths of progression.

Published: 07 Nov 2014

Young Scots to Help Shape the Future of Arts in Scotland

Youth arts advisors selected from communities across the country have been appointed to guide the delivery of Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy, Time to Shine. The new National Youth Arts Advisory Group will play a crucial role in shaping the future of arts for young people in Scotland.

Published: 04 Sep 2014

Over £3.1m to boost youth arts provision across Scotland

Creative Scotland is delighted to announce £3.1m support to help boost youth arts provision across Scotland.

Published: 07 Apr 2014