- Date: 30 April 2014
- Area: Midlands
Three arts organisations in Derby, Leicester and Mansfield are launching a professional development scheme for emerging artists who are training in the East Midlands, nurturing and developing their talent, through mentorship, business support and high profile performance opportunities.
The new programme, In Good Company, is being supported by a £99,950 investment from the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts programme and is being run by Derby Theatre, in partnership with Create Theatre and Embrace Arts.
In Good Company will support up-and-coming artists in the East Midlands who are being trained in an educational setting, helping them as they begin to establish links with organisations that will contract them and programme their work.
It will provide mentorship, business support, facilities and high profile performance opportunities to help kick-start their careers.
Derby Theatre, Embrace Arts and Create, all have strong and defined links to education institutions, making them perfectly placed to bridge this gap for emerging artists in the early years following formal education and training.
Sarah Brigham, Artistic Director, Derby Theatre, said: “This is excellent news for emerging artists in the East Midlands and expands on Derby Theatre’s existing work supporting this group through our DEvelop programme, facilitating scratch nights and professional development, as well as mentoring graduate companies from the University of Derby.
“College can take young people closer to fulfilling their potential, but graduation brings new challenges which our In Good Company project recognises by helping young creative people turn their ideas into reality. The £99,950 funding from Arts Council England will support Derby Theatre, Create Mansfield and Embrace Arts Leicester to collectively help aspiring theatre makers over the next two years.”