Youth work, informal learning and the arts: exploring the research and practice agenda


Youth work, informal learning and the arts: exploring the research and practice agenda

Saturday 18 April 2015 –  Venue: Centre for Advanced Studies, Highfield House, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Organised by the BERA Special Interest Group: Youth studies and informal education, in association with The Centre for Research in Arts, Creativity and Literacies, The University of Nottingham and Tate Research Centre: Learning

Youth programmes are a core part of the learning offer at most publicly funded cultural organisations, and examples of collaboration between arts institutions and youth or community organisations are numerous. National initiatives are also designed to encourage arts activity within informal learning settings. However examinations of the challenges and politics behind these programmes, and the implications for young people and practitioners are relatively few, in comparison to studies around formal education and the arts.

This seminar offers a platform for early career and established researchers and practitioners to critically discuss encounters between youth work and the arts. The event features a panel debate on key issues and priorities driving the discourse in this area of work, alongside contributions invited through an open call. This event seeks to generate conversation between researchers and practitioners working across the arts and youth sectors, to identify shared concerns and to present innovative practice.

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