Culture for All funding for group supporting young people in County L/Derry

By Andrew Kennedy, Big Lottery Fund Communications Manager

A project giving young people in isolated areas of County L/Derry the chance to take part in arts activities during the UK City of Culture year is among the firsts group funded through our new Culture for All programme.

Wheelworks, a local youth arts charity, has been awarded £6,150 to bring its ‘ArtCart’ to the villages of NewBuildings and Lettershandoney in County L/Derry. Young people from the areas will get the chance to take part in a number of arts and culture activities in the vehicle and the work they produce will be shown at exhibition in Derry~Londonderry during the celebrations in 2013.

“Wheelworks works with young people aged 4-25 across Northern Ireland and the ArtCart is our mobile arts vehicle,” said Sheelagh Colclough, freelance ArtCart co-ordinator. “It’s basically a big bus that we bring all over Northern Ireland including rural or isolated areas to give young people the chance to take part in arts, music and culture activities. “

“For some young people there isn’t much on their doorstep. They can miss out on the chance to try new skills or activities because there isn’t much going on where they live. Working with the young people from Lettershandoney and New Buildings areas, we want to help them try some new things, learn new skills and find out what interests them. We want to stimulate their minds and bring out their creative sides.”

“The ArtCart is a fantastic vehicle. It has its own generator so it can be used anywhere, it has a darkroom/ sound recording studio, digital music and photography computer workstations and all the latest software and stage facilities. All our drivers, technicians, musicians and artists have a lot of experience.

“The young people involved will make their own music, create their own art works and take pictures that reflect their opinions and where they come from. It’s a great way for them to find out what skills they have. It might lead them to a course in further education or a future career. We are giving them the chance to learn new things that could become their passion in life.

“Their work will be displayed as part of the InterAct Youth Arts Festival during the City of Culture year, and examples of the teenagers’ work will be displayed publicly in their own areas as a permanent reminder of the City of Culture.”

Culture for All is a small grants programme offering grants of up to £10,000 to communities across Northern Ireland that want to play a part in the UK City of Culture celebrations in 2013. Community organisations can apply for funding to run arts and culture projects and activities that link in with the historic event, encourage talent and improve the lives of people in communities.

Application forms and guidance notes for the new programme are available to download now at:


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