What is the Future Leaders programme?
Future Leaders (aged 12-25) join us as part of a cohort of 40 young artists to extend their practical skills in one of four Carnival arts strands…
- Percussion (10 places)
- Brass – NEW FOR 2021 (10 places)
- Dance (10 places)
- Visual Arts (10 places)
…as well as gain project management experience, guided by leading artists and professionals in their field. The programme includes residential workshops in the North West of England (Tameside and Oldham locations), business and project development, personal development opportunities to stimulate the imagination, and a chance to enjoy taster workshops and inspirational guest talks across all art forms. All of this exciting content is cemented by distance mentoring from leading UK and international artists and practitioners.
We will deliver our next cohort between October 2021 and April 2022 as follows:
Residential 1 (5 nights, during half term) – Sat 23rd Oct to Thurs 28th Oct 2021
Residential 2 (weekend) – Fri 3rd Dec to Sun 5th Dec 2021
Residential 3 (weekend) – Fri 4th Feb to Sun 6th Feb 2022
Residential 4 (5 nights, during Easter break) – Mon 11th Apr to Sat 16th Apr 2022
We will deliver another cohort in 2022-2023.
By the end of each course, we hope that all of our FLs are in an improved position to deliver their own work, develop new ideas with other likeminded artists, and feel a greater sense of confidence and belief in their abilities to take their skills to the next level. We are proud to announce that since starting the programme in 2014, we have worked with over 120 young artists, and in a short time we have seen a huge leap in collaborations between groups, regions, and art forms. We are excited to follow their journeys over time – watch this space!
“It’s crazy to see how much has changed in a year. Those four residential weekends quite literally changed my life! I can never thank you all enough for accepting me on board!” Jordan, 2014 cohort
What makes a Future Leader, and how can we help them achieve?
They stand out. We’ve seen these talented young people up and down the country: leading community bands with inspiring confidence, outstanding visual arts students already asking about jobs in the field, impressive choreography and performances from youth leaders and their dance groups. Future Leaders…
… are likely to have already started exploring the progression route for a career in the arts or performance
… may have tried out leading sessions for others, or perhaps already run regular classes
… have demonstrated a regular commitment to their art form and spend a great deal of time independently practicing, researching artists or performers, singing, drawing, designing…