A new innovative national programme from the British Museum for young people has announced its three Key charity and cultural partners across the UK for 2021. Projects will be led by and co-produced with young people in Edinburgh, Leeds, and Leicester.
The open and collaborative nature of these projects will enable creative and unconstrained approaches towards the idea of arts and culture. With direct input from young people aged 16–24, these bespoke projects will develop and evolve in response to a need in the local community.
The Key Partner organisations involved span from a museum to historic house and art gallery and will support under-served young people to produce diverse and unique projects with their charity counterparts. These third sector bodies have missions ranging from a focus on young carers, a nurturing of new talent and the provision of music and arts education.
In Scotland, Museum & Galleries Edinburgh (MGE) and Edinburgh Young Carers will be working together, focusing on young carers in Edinburgh. Through this project, young carers in the community who may face adversity and challenges as a result of these caring responsibilities, will have the opportunity to have fun and forge networks and bring their experience and skills to the project, developing these further. MGE cares for thirteen venues and over 200,000 objects related to Edinburgh life, childhood, archaeology, fine art and decorative art. Edinburgh Young Carers is a voluntary organisation that provides support for children and young people aged 5–25 who care for someone at home.
Image; Manga Late, 2019 (C) Trustees of the British Museum