Paul Hamlyn Foundation Research Grant

Young people to shape access to Plymouth’s creative industries and cultural sector.

Key research thanks to a grant awarded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation to Plymouth social enterprise, Fotonow CIC.

As the city enters two years of major cultural activity, Plymouth based media social enterprise Fotonow CIC are delighted to announce a £55k grant to work with young people to explore the most exciting creative and cultural developments in Plymouth. 

Fotonow use digital media, film, photography and audio as a learning and creative tool for people to tell their stories.  Young people on the programme will have the opportunity to learn new skills, access training and look at pathways into the cultural and creative industries.

Hannah Harris, CEO Plymouth Culture said: “It is fantastic to see organisations like Fotonow undertaking authentic and long term engagement projects with young people, to truly understand their needs. We know we have some amazing creative and cultural opportunities in the city but not every young person can access them and it is essential that we understand the barriers involved. Even more important is the process of co-designing solutions so that they are relevant and lead to positive engagement in the future. Plymouth Culture is delighted to support the pilot project and to see how best practice can be shared across the city.”

Young people on the project will produce a ‘Manifesto for Youth Engagement’ for Plymouth and lead on developing Fotonow’s Youth Programme.

By working with partners in the creative and voluntary sectors, including Barnardo’s, Fotonow hope to better understand the significant barriers some young people face to cultural opportunities.

Barnardo’s Regional Assistant Director Nick Cook said: “We are delighted to support Fotonow CIC in this project which will provide Barnardo’s care experienced young people a platform to explore sustainable cultural and training opportunities and reach positive destinations through photography and film. This funding will enable us to collaborate on developing new and exciting projects with other Barnardo’s services across the city.”

To find out more or register your interest in the programme please contact:

A group of young people posing for a photograph during a youth photography workshop