The ArtSmart was a creative arts project working with young people from Oldham who were aged between 16-21 and were from NEET backgrounds (Not In Education, Employment and Training). The project was in partnership with The Oldham Council, Feature Films and Square 1 Studios with the aim of introducing and engaging young people through music and film activities.

Within Square 1, the participants were involved in a whole host of different music activities, such as learning how to play live instruments through jamming and performing popular songs. They learnt how to write and record lyrics, run a studio session, make beats and some studentseven learnt how to perform.

After the ArtSmart was completed, some of the young people have ended up in mainstream college learning music and others have ended up doing music in their own homes!

ArtSmart Pictures - Copy“The Art Smart Project was a innovative and challenging new concept for us and having chosen Square 1 to deliver the music aspect of the project, we couldn’t have asked for a more dedicated, committed and creative company to work with. The results have been fantastic and well received by both the young people from the project and the Oldham Council! Very much looking forward to our next musical partnership project with Square 1”

Rodney Adams – Oldham Council