Create’s Nurturing Talent 2022/23 programme

Artists taking part in a Nurturing Talent training day

Applications for 2022/23 have now closed.

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Nurturing Talent, Create’s programme for emerging artists, will run between March 2022 and March 2023 with five artists based in London and one musician based in Greater Manchester (all studies must have been completed), who are interested in gaining hands-on workshop experience to apply their professional practice in a community setting.

We are open to applications from Greater Manchester-based musicians, as well as London-based animators, dancers, drama artists, filmmakers, musicians, photographers, visual artists and writers, who will spend 27 days on the programme over 12 months.

During the programme 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; disabled children; homeless adults).
  • Attend seven 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.

“You will learn so much about your creative practice and how to develop both as a creator and facilitator – it will help you to grow and you will also be helping others who are disadvantaged or vulnerable grow too. What better way to put your creative skills to use?!”

Natalie Haslam, Nurturing Talent artist 2020/21

What you will gain

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

  • 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.
  • Experience working 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 to ensure clarity when setting tasks and giving clear instructions.
  • Development of your interpersonal skills, time management, organisational and improvisatory skills in a professional context.
  • The opportunity to become a candidate to join Create’s professional artist pool as a supporting artist.
  • A bursary of £1,500 for the year, paid as half-day or full-day workshop fees.

Hear from our current cohort in the video above.

Download the brochure

For more information, please download either the London brochure or the Greater Manchester brochure.

How to apply

  • Download and complete the Eligibility Form and Diversity and Equality Monitoring Form, and submit to Frankie Coppola, Project Administrator, frankie@createarts.org.uk. Completed eligibility forms can be submitted until 10am on 05/11/21. We will let you know whether you are invited to apply by 08/11/21.
  • If you are invited to apply, Frankie will contact you with an application form to complete. We will also ask you to submit a one-minute video (instructions will be included).

We look forward to hearing from you!

Watch this short interview with one of our current Nurturing Talent artists: