Now Open for Applications!

We recently announced that our Hornpipe Small Grants Scheme is open for applications.

The scheme makes grants of up to £4,000 available to artists, organisations, community groups and schools across the PO postcode area for projects that increase young people’s engagement with the arts.

You have until 1st February 2023 to apply but recommend that you find out more and start planning your application today!

Here, we take a look back at some of the projects that have previously been funded…

Splodge Designs x Mengham Infant School

Puppet Film Project

Creative community arts company, Splodge Designs, worked with Year 2 pupils at Mengham Infant School over four sessions to produce a short puppet film. Using environment and pollution as the theme, groups worked together in a collaborative way to produce their final film and using the school’s curriculum theme of superheroes, pupils learnt about the importance of caring the environment and the changes that they could make.

The young people had a lovely time and learnt lots of new skills. They developed storytelling, story boarding, puppet making, prop making and performing with puppets and film. Having professional artists go into school they also learnt about the artistic process of creativity.

You can view Mengham Infant School’s puppet film here.

Puppet Film

Portsmouth Arts Network
Are you Listening? A Celebration of Young People’s Voices and Stories Through Art.

Giving students a voice to celebrate their diversity and reflect on our multi-cultural and vibrant city, this project celebrated the work of all young people through the sharing and celebration of a wide range of art forms.

Evolved by Portsmouth Arts Network (PAN), a group of Art Teachers brought together by the Teaching School Alliance, 9 schools and 2 non-school groups were engaged in creating performances that were staged at Portsmouth Guildhall and/or art work for an exhibition that was hosted at Central Library for 4 months.

Are you Listening?

Cottage Grove School x Ricky Tart
Poetry Project

A poetry workshop for children in Year 4 was run across 2 days by local poet, vocalist and filmmaker, Ricky Tart. Using the theme of equality in response to the BLM movement, the children loved expressing themselves through different types of poetry.

Examples of some the insightful poems created:

Fridge magnet poem 2
I see the sign
Empty houses, streets of people
The crowd protest
Holding fists in friendship
Fists in the air
Shouting against racism
Fighting against racism
Fighting for equal rights
Tired of bad government
No space between us
Black Lives Matter

I come from poem
I come from dinner with my family and sneaking to the park,
I come from cricket and football and ignoring my parents when they shout “Time to go!”
I come from nights with my family with my cousins in Birmingham, in Romania, in London and Southsea Pier,
I come from the big swings and my cousins pushing me up to the bar,
I come from missing my family, from forgetting too much, from terror of injections,
I come from days at the fair, at the park, at the beach, at McDonald’s,
I come from hard lessons, glorious teachers, playing at lunch and spelling, spelling, spelling….
I come from friendship and playing and kindness,
I come from Cottage Grove

Portsmouth Music Hub
Play, Clap, Sing
Experienced music leaders from Portsmouth Music Hub delivered workshops in Early Years settings across the city, teaching children a variety of songs and engaging games. Involving both traditional songs and new compositions, sessions were planned to ensure that children could participate fully and enjoy singing and playing together.

The project engaged 750 children and 75 teachers/nursery staff and enabled the Music Hub (not normally funded for this age group) to reach 83% of Portsmouth schools with Early Years provision. A video that was produced is now available as a resource for all schools in the city with teachers commenting that it is particularly helpful at the start of the school year for helping children to learn names, get to know each other and develop social skills.

Play, Clap and Sing


Find out more about the Hornpipe Theatre Company Small Grants Scheme and how you can apply here. 

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