Culture Secretary Visits Liverpool

Ben Bradshaw listens to talented youngsters watched by Phil Redmond


Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw MP visited Liverpool today to celebrate the first anniversary of Find Your Talent, the government’s pilot cultural offer for all children and young people and to find out about some of the great creative work going on in the city.

The minister met young people who have been involved in the Liverpool pathfinder project over the past year and representatives from some of the key cultural organisations involved.

Find Your Talent aims to help children and young people aged 0 to 19 to discover new things, to express themselves, to develop a passion and to make the most of their talent – whether it is music, art, film, theatre, dance, digital media, exploring libraries, museums or heritage.
Managed nationally by the new organisation Creativity, Culture & Education (CCE), Find Your Talent is currently being piloted in 10 pathfinder areas across England including Liverpool. It offers children and young people regular involvement with arts and culture both in and outside of school.

Led by National Museums Liverpool, the Liverpool pilot programme has been developed in partnership with the leading arts organisations in the city including The Bluecoat, FACT, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Tate Liverpool and the Unity Theatre. Principal partners include Liverpool Culture Company, Curious Minds, Liverpool City Council, Knowsley MBC and St Helens Council.

Since it began a year ago 6429 young people and over 400 education professionals have been engaged in Find Your Talent activity in the Liverpool pathfinder region. Find Your Talent has delivered a huge range of projects and programmes including:
•    Make the Link be The Change: a photographic project exploring climate change, the environment and sustainability with secondary schools
•    Showcase: a high-quality exhibition of art produced by A-Level and GCSE students exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery
•    Young Leaders: a programme to develop the young cultural leaders of the 21st century. Young people responded to the paintings of William Blake by creating a radical fashion show and live art piece at Tate Liverpool.