CREATIVE TALENT PROGRAMME
Formed in 2009, the Creative Talent Programme was developed to respond to a growing need from emerging/early career artists to develop their artistic skills, alongside the business and strategic knowledge that enable a sustainable creative output.
Previous Creative Talent Programme companies/artists have included award winning puppetry company, Smoking Apples, who have gone on to tour their work internationally, critically acclaimed theatre company, Dumbshow, What is Written Dance, and Circus Suburbia who run regular circus classes, workshops and performance for young people.
Find out more about the Creative Talent Programme Artists of 2018 – 2019 here.
We are delighted to announce that applications are open for our Creative Talent Programme 2020-2021. We are searching for three new and exciting emerging or early career companies/artists to support.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
We are particularly keen to support emerging artists/companies from outside of London/ M25 and/or, artists/companies who identify as D/deaf or disabled and/or work focused on this. We are also aiming to focus on underrepresented art forms, so the piece the artist/company wants to develop, needs to include an element of either dance, circus or music.
The Creative Talent Programme 2020 – 2021 is generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England and will work in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kingston Council, Kingston University, Kingston First, the Rose Theatre Kingston and Kingston College.
WHY WE DEVELOPED THE CREATIVE TALENT PROGRAMME
At a time when cuts to the arts are impacting on job opportunities for young people, and youth unemployment in England has risen to 20.3% (against 7.9% for the rest of the working population), the Creative Talent Programme is designed to create a generation of self-sufficient individuals and businesses in control of their own futures.
Our model involves working closely with key partners (e.g. HSBC, BT and Kingston University), to mentor young individuals, entrepreneurs and organisations by providing artistic, business and strategic support. This will allow the next generation of artists to flourish and develop into nationally important organisations.
Michael Bryher, Artistic Director of Dumbshow, part of the programme describes Creative Youth’s help as a ‘godsend.’ “We couldn’t have achieved what we have done without them.”
“It was great to be a part of it” Katie Hardwick one of the founders of Circus Suburbia, one of the Creative Talent Programme groups.