Developing talent across the north – November news from the Arts Council

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Arts Council England,
North Newsletter

November 2012

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Programmes help young people find jobs in cultural sector
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Northern writing talent scores at every level
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Excellence in museums volunteering recognised in the North East
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Horse and Bamboo Theatre Company – Girl in the shadow of trees. Credit: Ian Tilton
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Welcome to Arts Council England’s North area newsletter
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We are living in tough economic times, but the arts and cultural sector is playing an important role in developing skills, supporting talent and creating jobs.

Our Creative employment programme will help ensure that a generation of talent isn’t left behind and that young people from all backgrounds can begin a career in the creative sector.

We continue to invest in initiatives that help artists and others in the cultural sector maximise their potential. Examples include the Artists international development fund, Music industry talent development fund, as well as Grants for the arts. In this newsletter you can read more about projects that are helping people to develop their skills and talent, and lead us to a bright creative future.

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Programmes help young people find jobs in cultural sector
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More than one million young people are currently unemployed yet some cultural and creative employers are finding it hard to recruit the employees they need. If young people are unable to enter the cultural sector then there is a risk of losing a generation of talent.

Among the schemes to help combat this issue are the Arts Council’s Creative employment programme and an initiative across the north of England where the Arts Council is working with the Department of Work and Pensions and Jobcentre Plus.

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Freedom Studios Creative Apprentice Aimi Walton in a publicity shoot for ‘The Mill – City of Dreams’. Credit: Tim Smith
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Northern writing talent scores at every level
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From the Bronte sisters to David Peace, the north is a hotbed of literary talent and inspiration. We have invested in projects that develop new talent and support mid-career writers through mentoring and providing platforms for their work.

The Writing Squad offers a one-of-a-kind writer’s development programme for young people aged between 16 and 21. Find out more

Writer Sophie Coulombeau worked with Route after winning Yorkshire’s Next Great Young Novelist. Find out more

This year we supported the Portico Prizewhich celebrates the very best northern writing. At an award ceremony last week Sarah Hall won the fiction prize for her short story collection The Beautiful Indifference while Jean Sprackland picked up the non-fiction award for her book Strands.

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Writing Squad members watch one of their colleagues in a poetry workshop. Credit: The Writing Squad
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Excellence in museums volunteering recognised in the North East
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Finally, some of the best and most dedicated museum volunteers have been recognised for their achievements at the North East Museum Volunteer Awards 2012. The awards not only highlight the time and effort given to local museums by groups and individuals, but they recognise the talent development that volunteering with museums fosters.

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Emily Merritt accepts her award for ‘Outstanding Contribution from a Young Volunteer’ at Discovery Museum, Newcastle.
Credit: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
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Share your stories with us
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You’ll receive your next edition of News in January 2013. We’d love to hear from you with story ideas for future newsletters.

Brand Britain – high profile events and festivals launching across the north in 2013. Send your ideas by Friday 4 January.

Stronger communities – how arts and culture are enriching lives and communities across the north. Send your ideas by Friday 1 February.

> Click here to contact us with your story ideas

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