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The Playhouse offers an innovative approach to literacy training, by using the arts as an alternative medium to develop literacy skills. The Literacy curriculum encompasses the following Core Elements - Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.

Artskills provides young people with the opportunity to participate in creative training that will enhance their literacy ability. This innovative approach is an opportunity for them to develop skills and interests whilst engaging in meaningful, social and creative activity. The Playhouse will ensure that all participants are signposted towards additional training and opportunities to further develop skills and interests in the arts.

The Artskills Project's main aim is to help young people who are interested in developing their literacy skills and obtaining recognised qualifications. The project therefore aims to 'reduce inactivity' by improving the employability of young people.

Over the next 3 years the project aims to engage with 370 young people throughout the Northwest and enhance self confidence and self esteem in our participants, enabling them to improve their literacy levels in a fun and accessible way. The successful completion of the project will lead to the attainment of 6 UK recognised qualifications.

The Playhouse provides a neutral, creative, non-formal and safe learning environment that attracts individuals who have not achieved their full potential through formal educational systems. The alternative arts-based training that we deliver is recognised as being an effective way of developing essential skills.

In 2014 The Playhouse Artskills project received a prestigious award from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL).

The Claire's Award celebrates and recognises achievement in the promotion of learning and tackling disadvantage throughout Northern Ireland.

The Playhouse Artskills project came first in the Award's Community Impact Category.



"For me Artskills was a very positive experience, I not only got qualifications, but it really helped my confidence ...oh and I also met new friends and had fun along the way"
Artskills Graduate 2014

"Artskills got me real worthwhile qualifications , I love the relaxed atmosphere, the facilitators really take the time with you and the craic was good as well"
Artskills Graduate 2014


Creative Approaches to Literacy is kindly funded by The Department of Employment and Learning, The European Social Fund, and The Arts Council.

For further information please contact Project Coordinators on 02871268027 or click here to download an application form

Visit the Artskills website on www.artskills.co.uk.


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Artskills new classes


Arstilles courses are offered on a first come, first served basis and spaces fill up quickly.

New Artskills project courses are announced regularly. FOr informationabout the latest courses contact Project Coordinators on 02871268027. We'd love to hear from you!



Artskills Work from past courses


The Playhouse Artskills Music Production OCN Module 2014

Music Production

Artskills participants in 2014 completed Music Production with facilitators from Createsound.ie.

Click Here to hear their completed music tracks.


The Playhouse Artskills Film and Video OCN Module 2012

Film and Video students Ciaran Patterson, Kyle martin and Racheal Keys completed this module with facilitator David Harkin in March 2012.

Click Here to see the first of two completed videos, which were unveiled in their graduation showcase.

Click Here to see the second of the two completed videos.



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