Emerge: Young Artists

Emerge Young Artists is a talent development programme for young artists in the East Midlands who want to develop their collaborative and creative skills working with young people.

The Mighty Creatives (TMC), funded by Spirit of 2012, and working in partnership with Arts Connect and UK Young Artists provide unique opportunity to artists aged 18 - 30.

Emerge Festivals are a regional programme of one-day festivals led by young people in the heart of local communities. The festivals are directed by a commissioned young artist, in partnership with schools and community organisations. Over the next two years Emerge will deliver 24 children and young people-led arts festivals in 12 Midlands locations. These festivals will celebrate the life and work of William Shakespeare, with an emphasis on language, storytelling and verbal arts using a range of different disciplines from performance to visual art.

Emerge Young Artists is both a paid commission and a fantastic developmental opportunity for young artists. As well as direct these unique community festivals, there is the chance to enhance their artistic practice develop of a diverse set of skills in leading, programming, planning and delivering an arts festival. Our aim is to develop a cohort of exciting young artists who are willing and able to contribute to the cultural education of the region's 1 million children and young people.

For the 2017 festivals we commisioned young artists Jasmine Gardosi, Jessica Richards, Kirsty Mealing, Paul Rogers, Sophie Watkinson, and Stuart Reid (pictured above minus Kirsty) who directed the festivals we produced in Corby, Horncastle, Tamworth and Wolverhampton.

Our 2018 artists have now been commissioned and more details and more information about them are in the blogs and articles linked below.

Getting to know the Emerge Artists

We met with some of the Emerge 2018 Artists and got to...
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Clare Janes

Clare is the Relationship Manager for the Emerge Programme.
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