Arnolfini

Rising Arts Agency

Rising Arts Agency is a social enterprise run by young creative thinkers in Bristol. They advocate for sector and cultural change through research projects, industry consultation and creative agency services. They also support young artists aged 16 – 30 through a successful mentoring programme, professional development and leadership opportunities to achieve their ambitions.

Rising’s mission is to empower Bristol’s underrepresented young people to fulfil their creative ambitions and to affect wider social change through the arts. The agency is gently anti-establishment, co-created with and for young people, and fiercely independent. Rising is an agency, not an organisation. Their artists are a community rather than a service user-base, and are embedded in strategic decision making at every level of their work.

Rising Arts Agency is a genuinely youth led agency. Their entire Board and both Non-Executive Directors are under 27 and their Founder/Director is the only team member over 29. By the end of 2021 they are looking to transition their Directorship to two young team members who started as part of Rising’s extended network. They advocate for young people at every level of decision making, starting right here. Rising are a small growing team working part time to make big things happen.

Rising Arts Agency‘s relationship with Arnolfini is predicated on a joint commitment to representing Bristol as authentically as possible through creativity and education. Recognising that in order to deliver the best service possible there should always be a free offering and that the movements and voices of the communities directly inform what Rising do and how they do it.

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