The Point, Eastleigh hosted its annual careers day at the end of February, giving young students the opportunity to explore different aspects of the arts and attend workshops and talks led by industry experts.
The Point fused dance and theatre for their first careers day of the season which saw around 80 students and five schools in attendance. The day, which ran from 11am-4pm, saw a range of immersive activities that fully engaged young people from Winton Academy, Everest Academy, Wildern School, Hounsdown School and Fernhill School exploring furthering their education in the arts.
The Point’s Creative Learning team offered an array of exciting workshops during the careers day, which covered key artistic elements to any performance discipline. These were: Physical Theatre, Puppetry and Creature Acting, Lyrical Jazz, Design and Tech and Music and Dance. The forty minute sessions saw intimate groups led by teachers who work directly within the industry, including Sole Rebel Tap’s Creative Director Lexi Bradburn. The Associate Artists had also been in residence that week undergoing a rehearsal period for two news works, entitled Blushed and Spatterdash.
The afternoon was completed with a talk from industry specialists, including The Point’s own Dance Development Manger Vicki Hargreaves – also Artistic Director of Commotion Dance – and Drama Development Manager Daniel Hill. The newly re-designed Atrium was teeming with enthusiastic young people who were all intrigued to learn more about furthering their own artistic practice through different options.
“The workshops were fantastic and I know that our students benefitted from the variety and the expertise of the leaders.” – Teacher from Hounsdown School.
The Point hosts two annual careers days for secondary school student’s years 9-11 and college students, with the aim to outline the variety of options there are for young people wanting to pursue a vocation in a performance context. This is all part of the venue’s continuing outreach programme, which sees staff working closely with the local community to provide memorable experiences.
This year The Point celebrates twenty years of contribution to the arts, and two decades of exceptional growth as a bustling cultural hub in Eastleigh. The venue will celebrate with a collection of exclusive birthday events, including a party, a gala, and an exhibition.