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A New Direction is bringing together representatives from Virtual Schools across England to explore how Artsmark could be used to develop and embed cultural 
education to support children and young people within the care system.

A.N.D will be running roundtables in London and Birmingham in May and June 2016

If you are a representative from a Virtual School and have any further questions, please contact: 

Anthony Ruck, Programmes Manager at A New Direction on 020 7608 8973

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As a sector leader in arts inclusion, Ovalhouse's creative methodology is based on principles of equality and social justice. A combination of techniques like role-play, forum theatre, storytelling and physical theatre are used to engage young people emotionally, intellectually and imaginatively.

On 10th February 2016 at Goldsmith's University, Ovalhouse launched their report 'Taking Risks' which is a three-year evaluation report commissioned by Ovalhouse and conducted by Centre for Urban and Community Research, about participatory arts with disadvantaged children.

 Please see here for more information, for a copy of the report click here.

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Dance United Yorkshire is a Community Interest Company that works with young people who are marginalised in society and whose potential is often unrecognised or unfulfilled. Contemporary dance training and performance of the highest quality has the power to unlock this potential. Dance United Yorkshire delivers work that is tough, tightly-focused and highly disciplined. The vision is to see more young people in Yorkshire transform their lives through dance; prepare young people for adulthood, enable them to be socially aware of their responsibilities and realise their potential for a positive future.

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Safina Al-Hayat (Life Boat)

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Safina Al-Hayat, or Life Boat, is the third production by the Paper Project. London's Ovalhouse has helped develop this group of young migrant artists to create inspiring and innovative cross-arts performances.

Safina Al-Hayat was created in response to events unfolding across the Mediterranean and Europe. The group work democratically to create each new work, with someone offering an idea as a starting point.

“I think theatre and the arts have many different roles for young people,” says producer Stella Barnes. “It's particularly powerful when you are working with a community that are excluded or experience a lot of injustice or a lot of barriers to participation. It allows them a voice through creativity.”

Ovalhouse has been working within the refugee, asylum seeker and migrant community for more than ten years. The group explores the issues and experiences of migration, in particular, the trafficking of young people and the human rights of undocumented children.

Safina Al-Hayat was performed and devised by Soli Ahmed, Temor Al Kaisi, Resa Gashi, Tamara Brenlla, Victor Rios, Hassan Al Mousaoy, Lauren Nathan-Brown, Roma Brown, Jasmine Francois. With music by Rosa Brook.

To watch the video made about the company here.

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