Nurturing Talent ~ Create’s Programme for Emerging Artists

Create artist during workshop

Nurturing Talent, Create’s programme for emerging artists, is running between April 2019 and March 2020, offering an opportunity to six graduate artists (all studies must have been completed) who are interested in gaining hands-on workshop experience to apply their professional practice in a community setting. 

Over 12 months (approximately 26 days) you will:

  • Work as a supporting artist alongside Create’s professional artist(s) to plan and deliver three or more creative arts projects (circa 18 days). You’ll work with different community groups (eg: vulnerable older people; young carers; children with disabilities; homeless adults).
  • Attend six professional development training days led by Create artists, which focus on leadership skills, workshop planning and delivery.
  • Work in pairs to design and deliver your own workshop in one of Create’s community settings.
What you will gain

You will develop your skills and experience in the community alongside your own professional practice. Specifically:

  • A developed understanding and practice of delivering high quality workshops with disadvantaged and vulnerable people in challenging community settings, working within your own artform and, if appropriate, in cross-arts workshops.
  • Work with three different groups of participants.
  • Support and feedback from Create’s professional artists and management team on a project by project basis.
  • Development of your own arts-practice and leadership skills; leadership of a room; management of Create’s priority groups; learning through trial and error.
  • Development of your communication and organisational skills in the clarity of setting tasks and clear instructions.
  • Development of your interpersonal and improvisatory skills in a professional context.
  • Become a candidate to join Create’s professional artist pool as a supporting artist.
  • Receive a bursary of £1,500 for the year, paid as half-day or full-day workshop fees.

For more information, download the Nurturing Talent Brochure. You can read about some previous Nurturing Talent artists’ experiences here.

To apply, contact Stijn van Venrooij, Project Administrator, for an application form ( from Monday 7 January 2019. Please state your art form (e.g. creative writing, photography) when requesting an application form.

Your application form along with an informal two minute talking head video can be submitted from 10am on Wednesday 16 January 2019 until 10am on Friday 1 February 2019. Please note however: receipt of applications per art form will close once 20 have been received. A copy of our equal opportunities policy can be found here.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 February 2019.

No agencies/consultancies.