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Engaging and inspiring young people age 11-19 years of age in Arts,
Film and Multi-Media throughout Neath Port Talbot

Engaging and inspiring young people age 11-19 years of age in Arts,
Film and Multi-Media throughout Neath Port Talbot

Engaging and inspiring young people age 11-19 years of age in Arts,
Film and Multi-Media throughout Neath Port Talbot

The Icon Project

So What’s it all about

The Icon Project is a £350,000 Film, Arts and Multi-Media project funded by   The European Social Fund through the   Arts Council for Wales designed and produced by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council Arts Development team and is part of the Reach The Heights initiative to create and produce The Icon Project, a film multi- media arts project to engage young people between the ages of 11 and 19 years of age who are, or at risk of being classified as being not in education, employent or training (NEET).

The Icon Project is based on Welsh icons past present and future. 100 young people will receive over 250 engaging workshops over a 9 month period that will include: Animation, Music Composition and Software Editing, Creative Writing, Graffiti  Design, Green Screen Production, Film Making, Directing, Animatronics, Special Effects, Production Design., Acting for Film, Puppetry, Marketing for Film and Gaming Design.

What does Hollywood star and local icon Michael Sheen say about the Icon Project?

“The Icon Project is an exciting multi-media project involving workshops in all related creative industries, and I believe it will be particularly appealing for these young people.

The process of film making from start to finish will give these young people an educational and inspirational insight into the industry whilst they develop personal skills that will stay with them throughout their lives.”

What does the Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council Cllr Ali Thomas say about the Icon Project?

“This is a wonderful opportunity through grant funding from the European Social Fund and the Arts Council of Wales to engage with these young people in an extremely innovative arts and media project. Not only will they participate in a diverse and extensive selection of over 250 multi-media and creative workshops but they will also have the opportunity to gain accredited OCN qualifications where appropriate.

Inspirational trips to Cinemas, Theatres, Radio and TV Studios are also part of this ambitious, borough wide ESF arts project, aimed at young people aged 11-19 who are at risk of being classified as NEET

Neath Port Talbot Council are proud of its young people and their significant contribution to its communities. This inspiring project will aim to encourage these particular young people to actively re-engage with education, employment and training through an arts provision we at NPT are extremely proud of and by doing so provide them with valuable life and work skills.”

Who are we working with

Helping to deliver the project and support the young people participating will be a series of partners and agencies NPT Youth Service, NPTCBC MEAS, Ystalyfera Communities First, Barnardo’s Neath, Home Educators Wales, NPTCBC Community Development and Brave.

Who are our Service Providers and Tutors?

Chapter Arts Cardiff, Winding Snake Productions, Buffoon Film and Media, Octagon Productions, Visible Music, Community Music Wales, Media Education Wales, Lloyd Roberts, Creature Encounter, Michael Church, Literature Wales, Holomedia  and from BBC2’s Dragon’s Den the British DJing and MCing Academy.

Special thanks to our venue providers Pontardawe Arts Centre, Princess Royal Theatre, The Gwyn Hall, NPT Libraries , evaluation organisation Trilein and our media sponsor Nation 80's.

A message from our funders, Nick Capaldi, Chief Executive of Arts Council of Wales talks about Reach the Heights.

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