What is LOV?
LOV is a network of 9 arts venues across Lincolnshire who work together in lots of different ways to let people know just how much is going on in this vibrant county. We currently run a young people's programme enabling 12-25's to become audience members, participants and decision makers in their local arts venue.
In 2005 arts venues from the across the county came together to offer a more coherent arts offering to the people of Lincolnshire, this was to make the venues stronger and more adaptable in the current economic climate. The network allows venues to create jointly commissioned work which then can go tour across Lincolnshire and beyond. The 9 venues continue to programme individually but constantly work together to ensure that the arts offer across Lincolnshire is exciting and relevant to our local communities.
In 2012 the network set up the LOV Young People's Programme to support young people in being a part of the cultural landscape in Lincolnshire and to create a culture shift amongst young people, schools and families in the way they access and perceive what we offer. The programme is designed to find the best way to work with young people and get them involved with their local arts venues, in order to make a genuine contribution to the venue and bring more young people into the venue. Through the work the programme does, we have put on some of the first un-ticked and free events for young people at some of our venues, brought brand new audiences into our venues, created opportunities such as shadowing and training in working in a theatre and commission work for young people by internationally acclaimed theatre companie and so much more.
We have achieved a lot and learnt a lot; not only about how we can work with young people but also how we can work together as a network and with external organisations...see our Opportunities pages to see our job opportunities, professional development and opportunities for young people. Have a look at our Take Control page to see what our young people have been creating and producing within our venues.
We are keen to share our learning and experiences from our young people's programme and from working as a consortium, for more insight into LOV go to our Resources page for the Young People's Programme report and evaluation and our LOV Film Toolkit. For more information about our 9 venues can be found in the drop down menu on the right of this page.
LOV Young People's Programme:
Whatever you're interested in, whether its visual arts, crafts, photography, theatre, film, music or learning new skills through workshops, we're here to help.
Since 2012 we have been working together with arts venues across Lincolnshire, to support young people aged 12-25 in our rural county to access the arts. We offer a range of projects and opportunities, designed to allow you to become audience members, artists, producers and programmers within our venues
With funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Arts Council England, BFI Film Audience Network and National Foundation for Youth Music, we run a varied programme with opportunities such as Producing, Programming, Commissioning, Skills Development and Workshops in many different art forms. We have a young decision making group in each of our venues, each group is unique and work towards arts projects they have chosen and are interested in.
Over the past few years our young people have programmed and produced a variety of successful events such as the LOV Film Festival, this ran across four of our venues and engaged with many new audience members. Each event had different themes like music, comedy, youth and included pre-show entertainment and activities. With funding from BFI, they programmed British Independent Films and the group 'Parallax Film Festival', invited film makers to submit their work. Our decision makers have also ran numerous brilliant music events such as 'Breakout Festival' with talented local artists They Pylons, Vigilantes, Nick Wilson and Lucinda Flynn. Youth Takeover in Spalding run regular Acoustic Nights in their venue which attracts a large audience and offers up and coming local acts a chance to perform. Our visual art groups have work towards creating art for exhibitions in the form of photography, fashion and zines.
We have also offered many opportunities to our young people such as our annual trip to Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Across four days we see as many different shows in a huge variety of art forms and feedback our thoughts to the venues with the opportunity to programme some of them into the venue. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the world, it is an amazing chance to visit the exquisite city, take in the artistic culture and watch some of the best performances the arts have to offer. We also run trips to other arts festivals, exhibitions, run an annual summer art school, and offer bursaries for people developing projects with and for young people.
If you are interested in joining our young people's programme for 12-25's please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01529 411199. You can also drop into one of our venues for more information.