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Hastings and Rother Arts Education Network Programme, 2014-15

The Hastings and Rother Arts Education Network delivered a bold new programme of arts and cultural learning, enhancing existing programmes, and also introducing several new initiatives. This was funded through investment from Artswork, the South East Bridge, with matched funding from Network partners. The programme was managed by Culture Shift on behalf of the Network.

The ambitious programme focused on harnessing the power of the arts and cultural sector, in partnership with schools and young people in the community, to:

  • Impact positively on young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health
  • Give young people opportunities to shape arts and cultural activity, and develop their leadership skills
  • Increase engagement in the arts and cultural activity, particularly in rural areas
  • Strengthen arts and cultural education
  • Share learning across the sector

Hastings and Rother Arts Education Network, established in 2013, is led by a steering group which comprises both Hastings and Rother Local Authorities, Helenswood Academy, De La Warr Pavilion and Culture Shift.

The programme included a number of strands:

  • Emotional Wellbeing: three short courses commissioned by East Sussex County Council Targeted Youth Support using the arts to support emotional wellbeing, delivered in partnership with secondary schools in rural East Sussex.
  • Participation: three projects designed to support young people to engage and shape a local cultural offer, delivered with Hastings Museum, Applause Rural Touring and the network’s own Arts Champions
  • Arts and Cultural Learning Partnerships: three projects connecting 20 schools with Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill and a heritage partner in rural Rother.
  • Performing Arts Residencies: residency partnerships developed by Helenswood Academy with Hofesh Shechter and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • Artsmark and Arts Award: opportunities for young people to achieve Arts Award are woven through these programme strands, coupled with support for schools seeking to achieve Artsmark.


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The full Hastings and Rother Arts Education Network Programme 2014-2015 is available here.

The report of the evaluation into the HRAEN programme is available to download here.

The summary report is available here.