Are you aged 16-25? Do you want to use your creativity to ask questions, share stories and make change? Do you think the arts can change people’s minds, opinions and even their lives? Are you interested in building leadership and facilitation skills?

If so, find out more about Community and Applied Arts Practice at the Fair Access Expo on Friday 7 June 2024, 10am – 3.30pm.

At this exciting all-day event, they’re inviting you to:

Join practical sessions with experienced community artists. They’ll share their skills and show you how they work creatively with all sorts of communities. Come and learn about the stories that matter.

What is Community Arts Practice? It’s a springboard to careers in teaching, directing, performance making, youth work, community music, arts in health and wellbeing, community education, play work, arts funding, creative learning in arts and cultural organisations and so much more!

Under the direction of National Theatre staff, make, repair, and refurbish a wide range of furniture props, as well as learning a wider set of prop making skills. Working from designs, drawings, and models with instructions from Designers, Production Managers, Workshop Supervisors you will become a skilled prop maker.

What you will do in your working day:

During your apprenticeship programme you will receive training both off and on the job.

Get hands-on training in puppet construction, set design, and more with this 12-month traineeship!

Closing date: 26th May 2024 at 11.59pm

Little Angel Theatre is excited to offer a 12-month traineeship opportunity for an individual to join their team as a Design Trainee. Throughout the traineeship, the trainee will undergo a comprehensive training programme covering fundamental puppet construction techniques and set design. They will gain essential skills for further training in drama school or higher education, as well as for pursuing a career in puppetry. The traineeship will culminate with the trainee's professional debut as part of the Children's Puppetry Festival where you'll be able to gain industry insights, and network with visiting companies.

Come join us at our event all about creative careers! We’re all about connecting, creating, and conversing about jobs in the arts.

What to expect:

Date: 29 May

National Youth Theatre is offering over 500 young Londoners creative mentoring opportunities. Combining NYT’s award-winning and industry-recognised training programmes with new focused support strands, young people will build skills, confidence, and networks that lead to creative careers.

Funded by the Greater London Authority New Deal for Young People, over 6 months you will receive group mentoring from the National Youth Theatre team, our Associate Artists, and other industry professionals.

Deadline: 10am, Monday 20 May

Introducing the Jamie Lloyd Company: Academy

In partnership with ATG Creative Learning, the Academy will work with lead facilitator Mika Onyx Johnson over 10 sessions to explore, create and develop as artists.

The group will work with Mika as well as other guest facilitators within the JLC style; using cinematography and explosive minimalism to explore reimagined classic texts.

Sessions will take place at 6 pm-8 pm on Mondays, beginning w/c 27th May in London and will culminate with a showcase to industry professionals and JLC friends and family w/c 22nd July.

Applications are now open until Friday 28 June for the Our Past, Your Future Fund, a legacy scheme set up in celebration of our 2020 centenary as a thank you to the local community. If you live within Newark and Sherwood, are aged between 16-25 and are looking to pursue a career in the arts, whether performing, writing, directing or technical, this initiative can offer funding to help you achieve your goals.

Following the application process, one applicant each year will be awarded £1,500 to put towards course fees and / or living expenses.

A second, discretionary award of £250-£500 may be granted to a second applicant if the panel feels it appropriate.

The Optimists offers an introduction to the craft of producing in a professional context and building professional networks by de-mystifying the financial, administrative, and organisational aspects of producing.

This year's Optimist Summer 2024 course is suitable for emerging producers, artists, and creative practitioners, based in the West Midlands, who are hoping to develop their skills as professional producers, or as a producer of their own work, in the subsidised arts sector.

Drawing on China Plate’s extensive experience and real examples in theatre producing, the Optimists provides knowledge and insight on the practicalities of making, funding, touring, and promoting your work. The Optimists course is led by China Plate, with the support of guest industry experts and speakers.

The course is open to those working across different art forms (e.g., dance, live art, spoken word, etc) but has a particular focus on producing and touring live work in the theatre industry.

Participants should have at least 12 months of professional/industry experience in the arts sector – it is not aimed at those who have recently graduated or who are completely new to working in the arts sector. This course is not appropriate for those with more than 3 years of professional experience working as a producer.

Sessions: 10 in-person sessions taking place over 7 weeks
Dates: Between Saturday 15th June and Saturday 3rd August 2024
Location: Venues across the West Midlands
Spaces: For up to 20 participants

For freelancers/individuals: £480 per person (inclusive of VAT)
For organisations:  £660 per person (inclusive of VAT)

Bursaries covering the full cost of the course will be available to those who have faced racism, discrimination and/or cultural barriers due to their ethnicity, disability, D/deafness, gender identity or socio-economic background – please refer to the application guidelines for more information.

We are hosting two online information sessions on Wednesday 8th May and Wednesday 15th May - these will provide an opportunity to find out more about the course and ask any additional questions that you may have. If this is something you feel you would find useful, please sign up to attend:

Deadline for applications will be 12pm (midday) on Friday 24th May

Please visit our website for more information about the course, including application guidelines and details on how to apply: Accessible formats are available, including BSL & captioned and audio introductions about the course, alongside large print formats.

If you have any questions, please contact our Training & Development Producer Kristina through the email address below.

Creators’ Fund+ is a new 1-year pilot programme, supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland, will provide 8 Black People and People of Colour (BPoC) creative and cultural professionals living in Scotland with £2000 grants and 20 hours of mentorship from industry professionals to elevate their careers.

Building on the success of the original Creators' Fund which offered £500 microgrants and 5.5 hour mentorships, Creators' Fund+ seeks to inspire a future generation of BPoC creatives in Scotland while starting an important discussion about representation in the country’s creative industries.

Ignite your passion for performance and production with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s short courses. Our courses offer a wide range of opportunities to hone your craft and expand your repertoire, whether you are a newcomer or an experienced professional.

Guided by industry-leading practitioners, these courses provide unparalleled training and mentorship in an environment that fosters artistic growth and collaboration.

Introduction to Prop Making, Wednesday 28 – Friday 30 August, 2024 | £340 | Beginners, 18+ 

The intensive, 3-day Introduction to Prop Making course has been designed as a practical exploration of different techniques to create larger-than-life props. The workshop will cover essential skills like carpentry, laser cutting, sculpting, casting and mould-making.

Learning will take place in a supportive, hands-on environment where you learn the art of prop making from experienced professionals. In this course, you will:

• Learn how to use hand tools and workshop machines, and construct a stool using mortise and tenon joints;

• Sculpt an animal in clay, create a one-part mould in plaster, and reproduce the sculpt in latex;

• Work at scale to create larger than life food props – create a sculpt, learn how to use silicone to cast the sculpt and reproduce the object with tinted fast cast resins.

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