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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.

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 Emma Siuán on artskillsplayhouse@gmail.com, 02871268027 or click here to download an application form

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


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Artskills Videos

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.




Artskills new classes

Artskills on Tour

The Playhouse is currently offering a unique opportunity for your group or organisation

The Artskills Project can now be offered on an outreach capacity to meet the needs of your client group.

The Artskills project is offered to individuals aged 16+ who would like to gain their Essential Skills in Literacy qualification and/or up skill in art forms such as creative writing, digital photography, film and video, performance and web design. Through the course participants will have the opportunity to gain 6 UK recognised qualifications and on completion The Playhouse will ensure that all participants are signposted towards additional training and opportunities to further develop skills and interests in the arts. Due to the generosity of our funders we are now in a position to offer Educational Maintenance Allowance, cover lunches, travel expenses, and provide a £100 completion bonus.

For further information please contact Siuán @ The Playhouse on 02871 2682027



New Artskills courses in Ballykelly and Dungiven announced

The Playhouse Artskills Project has announced two new course starting in October 2013.
Artskills is an innovative project which use the arts as an innovative method to increasing literacy skills whilst being creative and having fun.
The course provides training for young people aged 16 - 24 who are not in education, employment(under 16hrs) or training, and will start in Ballykelly and Dungiven next month.
Digital Photography, Web Design, Performance, Film and Video, Creative Writing and CCEA Literacy are all on offer as part of the free course.
"Offering an alternative to formal education for those who would like to gain qualifications through more creative means, Artskills learning approaches are interactive and participatory" Emma Logue, Artskills Co-ordinator said.
"The benefits of this course are numerous young people will obtain six UK recognized qualifications in Arts, Literacy and ICT Skills, develop their confidence, self esteem and transferable skills as well as having the opportunity to display their work at an end of year showcase. There is also assistance with travel costs, benefits remain unaffected and £100 cash bonus available at the end upon successful completion of the course."
The courses are funded by The European social fund, The Department of education and learning and The Arts Council. CERES House Ballykelly will host a new Artskills course from Tuesday 1st October every Tuesday & Wednesday from 10 am to 4pm for twenty weeks until March 2014.
The second course, in partnership with Benbradagh Community support, Dungiven will begin in October 2013 in Benbradagh Community Support, 106 main Street Dungiven.
For more information contact Emma at Artskills on 02871268027 or email on emma@derryplayhouse.co.uk




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