Who We Are:
Artz for All C.I.C is a social enterprise based in the heart of Skelmersdale, West Lancashire; that works extensively to provide its local community with fun and innovative opportunities in the wonderful world of the Performing Arts.
The Artz Centre:
Our official home is better known as the Artz Centre – a vibrant new community venue where our local people feel welcome to be themselves: free from discrimination, without judgment or conflict. After all, our Artz motto recognises that: “It’s good to be different” and our core values encourage everyone who walks through our doors, to:
Aim High, Work Hard, Take Pride, Have Respect and Be Yourself .
The Artz Centre is ran by a small, dedicated team of Education and Arts professionals, who are truly passionate about the power that ‘the arts’ have in shaping positive futures for our society. Above all, we are committed to raising the aspirations of our local young people; enabling them to make positive life choices with greater levels of resilience and self-confidence. We believe that all young people should be able to look forward to a future that is decorated with ambition and inspiration, no matter what.
Each week, the Artz Centre is accessed by as many as 260 individual local young people (aged 2-21), who attend bespoke courses and workshop sessions in arts-related disciplines, such as: Drama, Singing and Dance.
Since 2014, we have successfully engaged over 1,000 local children and young people in theatrical performances, singing and instrumental showcases and film based projects. In 2017 alone, Artz provided entertainment to approximately 3,900 audience members, across our 14 youth productions. We also celebrated the performance of our 67th production, were recognised as one of the Mayor of West Lancashire’s “Community Causes” and received an award for “great and valuable services to the community” from the High Sheriff of Lancashire.
Our Community Provision:
The Artz Centre’s core community offer is to provide a wide variety of “arts” related services and workshops, delivered by industry professionals, in the learning areas of: Drama, Dance, Singing, Music, Make-Up and Costume Design, Lighting and Sound Engineering, Photography, Stage Management and much more.
The purpose of these workshops and courses however, lies somewhat beyond the teaching of the arts; students gain performance skills but are fundamentally encouraged to grow as individuals, develop self-confidence, resilience and think creatively.
It is the ultimate “Artz for All” aim to make our community offering fully inclusive and affordable for all.
“Artz for All” – A Notion:
At Artz, our provision is categorised into 6 Aspects:
Artz Academy; the affordable, accessible and high quality programme of weekly arts-based provision that is delivered directly to the local community, from the Artz Centre.
Artz Productions; the high quality stage productions in Musical Theatre, Singing, Drama, Dance and Live Music; produced, directed and performed by our Artz Academy.
Artz Education; the innovative learning programme designed for local school settings, including: workshops for EYFS-KS4 in a variety of performing arts disciplines, and school-based production support.
Artz Professional; the bespoke executive service which offers creative solutions to local businesses and other corporate clients throughout a range of artistic areas.
Artz Team; the small team of experienced professionals and dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to combine their expertise, passion and commitment; to create a vibrant arts and culture scene for the people of Skelmersdale.
- Artz Health; It is now, more than ever, evident that the arts can, and do, have profoundly positive effects on the wellbeing, mental health and cohesion of communities.