Youth Arts Charity takes training on the road

This autumn, arts charity IdeasTap will offer unique opportunities for young people all over the country to work closely with some of the creative sector’s leading companies including Writers’ Centre Norwich, Royal Shakespeare Company, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Magnum Photos. These industry and training events – mentoring schemes, masterclasses and online resources – are all part of IdeasTap Inspires, a free national training programme for young people building careers in the creative industries supported by a £250,000 Exceptional Award from Arts Council England.

Peter De Haan, philanthropist and IdeasTap Chairman, said: “IdeasTap Inspires continues to go from strength to strength reaching more young people across the country and helping them to forge careers in the creative industries. We’re delighted to be reaching new audiences and sharing industry insight and experience with the next generation, thanks to our partnerships with the UK’s top arts organisations.”

Thanks to a partnership with Writers’ Centre Norwich, ten young writers will be selected to undergo six months of mentoring from writers Daniel Hahn, Kerry Hudson, Alex Preston and Nicola Upson. The writers will be given vital industry advice, attend a bespoke writing retreat and be introduced to agents and publishers. Each mentor is an established writer in fiction or non-fiction. The winnerswill be chosen from young people who submitted work to a writing competition run by Writer’s Centre Norwich, and will be announced on the first of September.

In partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), 400 emerging actors will be given the chance to attend industry workshops focusing on voice and text, movement and improvisation, in London, Newcastle and Southampton this autumn. Following the masterclasses, 24 young people will be selected to attend a once-in-a-lifetime Boot Camp in performing classical texts at the company’s base in Stratford-Upon-Avon in January 2015.

The charitable arm of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Re:Bourne will offer 200 young dancers the chance to attend workshops in Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, or Plymouth. Following the workshops, two dancers from each session will be invited to attend a day-long company class in London culminating in a Q&A with world-renowned choreographer Matthew Bourne OBE. 

Magnum Photos partnership with IdeasTap will see 20 young people invited to attend a two day photography master class in Birmingham at the end of August. Over the weekend, high-profile industry experts including Emma Bowkett, picture editor for the Financial Times FT Weekend Magazine and Fiona Rogers of Magnum Pictures will discuss the practical business of photography, and pass on their invaluable knowledge via a portfolio review. 

IdeasTap will also continue to host a series of one-day careers workshops nationwide, on a range of topics including screenwriting, physical comedy and how to cast a play. Since launching in February 2014, IdeasTap: Inspires has partnered with organisations including BBC Writers’ Room and Complicité to offer opportunities for young people.

Chris Gribble, Chief Executive of Writers’ Centre Norwich said: “Writers’ Centre Norwich is excited to be part of IdeasTap Inspires and can’t wait to work with the ten winning writers from the IdeasTap membership across England. The emerging writers will be paired with outstanding mentors and introduced to the art and business of being a writer over a six month period of intense creative development. We can’t wait to see what emerges!”

Hannah Miller, Head of Casting at the Royal Shakespeare Company said:“We want to ignite more young performers’ interest in Shakespeare, equipping them with skills and techniques and inspiring them to continue exploring and enjoying classical theatre, both professionally and as theatregoers. The IdeasTap membership is a rich and active network, eager to seize the opportunities offered to develop their talents.  It is this outlook which makes them such an exciting pool of individuals to work with.”

James Mackenzie-Blackman, Executive Director of Re:Bourne, the charitable-arm of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures said:“Re:Bourne and New Adventures are thrilled to be partnering with Ideastap to discover, nurture and develop the next generation of dance-theatre artists. As a company we are passionate about discovering and developing talent that is culturally diverse and representative of communities across England. This groundbreaking programme will enable many young people and emerging artists to work with us to discover and develop a passion for dance.”

Fiona Rogers, Cultural & Education Manager, Magnum Photos said: “IdeasTap Inspires is a great way of introducing the business of photography to young creatives, and the programme will strengthen Magnum’s remit to supporting the career development of emerging practitioners. The photography market is a deeply competitive space, but by providing this opportunity Magnum and IdeasTap can impart the knowledge required for photographers to get a foot in the door of their chosen career.” | @IdeasTap |

Funded by Arts Council England