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Taking Part

Taking Part: Start at Rosehill

Start, created by Children & the Arts, is a three-year engagement programme of arts activity between selected cultural organisations and local schools that tackles inequality by working only with the children who need it most, who are at risk of missing out on a creative and cultural education.

The programme has been running nationally for 10 years and has involved more than 130,000 young people aged 4-16 years old. It is proven to raise the aspirations of young people, building confidence and helping with learning and development in school.

Start at Rosehill Theatre is working with Whitehaven Academy to explore the heritage of Rosehill and its unique connection with Oliver Messel, a 20th Century British theatre designer and the designer of Rosehill's Grade II listed auditorium.

Students from years 7, 8 and 9 have attended performances at Rosehill and Theatre by the Lake to see different types of theatre design in action. They are now working with artists in workshops to develop their critical eye and have fun creating their own artistic work, exhibited at Rosehill during the summer holidays to celebrate their achievements.

This project is supported by Children & the Arts Foundation and Curious Minds and delivered in partnership with Theatre by the Lake.

To find out more, contact Anne Timpson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 01946 692422.

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