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ROAR is a membership organisation offering bespoke professional development for creative practitioners from our base in the centre of Rotherham. We also contribute to the local and regional strategic development of the cultural sector.

We have a diverse membership of over 100 artists including writers, musicians, theatre makers, dancers and the visual arts in its widest sense. We offer a range of regular sessions from digital support to life drawing, as well as 1:1 appointments where assistance can be more targeted.

Facilities we offer include independent studios, a drama/rehearsal space, a small art gallery and a resource room which as a flexible space accommodates some of resources, such as the pottery studio and laser cutter.

Through our community partners we help deliver a broad range of festivals, events, workshops and support the recruitment and commissioning of artists with socially engaged practice, as well as developing the skills of our interested members. This enables us to offer work experience and placements for older students.

As a National Portfolio Organisation we have a full suite of Policies including Safeguarding procedures, with a commitment to operating inclusively.

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Our Offer:

1. Critical Friend. ROAR can support your establishments as an independent advisor and support from your leadership team to frontline delivery, offering a bespoke co-created service.
2: Sector Connectivity. We can help you navigate the sector and understand what you are looking for in both the skills of the creative professional and the desired outcomes.
3: Added Value. Schools and educational facilities can also be cultural spaces. We can help you identify and expand your relationship within the wider community through a place-making strategy.
4: Arts Award Supporters- up to Silver.
5: Membership reach. Through our expanded networks we can supply practitioners to support your curriculum based learning both on and off site, after school provision, environmental improvements and real life project work.

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Combined arts, Film, photography & digital, Music, Visual Arts
Appropriate Age Range
Appropriate Key Stage Range
KS3, KS4, FE
Working Across
Barnsley, Rotherham
Community Settings, Mainstream Schools, Special Schools
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