#NonsuchSTART: New funding and programme announced!

Nonsuch is thrilled to announce that we will be partnering with Children & The Arts to bring their START programme to 1200 secondary school students across Nottingham over the coming 3 years.

After an immensely competitive application process, Nonsuch have been awarded this prestigious award to develop connections between both our creative and community programmes; linking artists, performance and young people together through amazing, year-long arts experiences.

Partnering with exceptional physical theatre and dance companies from across the UK, Nonsuch will commission/co-commission 6 new contemporary performance pieces over the coming three years. Working with artists throughout the commissioning process using insight gathered from our creative youth platform (dytlive.co.uk), to shape performances that will respond to, challenge and address the lives of young people today.

Each year, 2 shows will be developed and presented to 400, 11-16 year olds from 4 Nottingham schools with every student attending performances at Nonsuch Studios, participating in 7 practical workshops with practitioners and the Nonsuch team and producing their own creative response to the work that will be published on dytlive.co.uk.

Alongside this, 160 students will work with Nonsuch to attain their Bronze Arts Award and teachers from each school will receive amazing CPD, Arts Award Advisor training and support in attaining Artsmark.

The first year’s theme is Gender; with boys talking about their bodies, girls playing football and much, much, more!

Izzy Bradley, Nonsuch’s General Manager and START project manager says:

“START is a great opportunity for both Nonsuch and 11-16s in Nottingham. It will be an incredible and unique experience for all involved, particularly for students who will see amazing physical theatre, up-close for the first time. It will give students confidence to express themselves physically through performance and through creating their own digital works.”

Edward Boott, Artistic Director and CEO of Nonsuch says:

“For a long time we’ve wanted to explore the relationship between the work we make and the communities we support through our vast outreach programmes. START gives us the chance to really drive this forward and utilise insight and research gathered from 11-16s to shape performances that are relevant and inspiring for them and their futures.”