Britain is a dynamic and evolving country with young people coming from a wide variety of backgrounds, yet the children's sector does not always reflect this. We need to ensure young people are represented, recognised and given role models within the sector and that is exactly what Vital Spark hopes to do. The four-year programme, led by children's arts organisation The Spark Arts for Children, aims to shift the landscape of performance for children and young people by working with a talented group of BAME, D/deaf and Disabled artists.
After launching in 2018, the programme has had a succesful first year with six artists developing their own practice and ideas for new work, and a further five artists receiving bespoke support from the organisation. Over the year, Vital Spark has gained support and interest nationally and now features a range of partner organisations including: Attenborough Arts Centre, Arts Depot, Ovalhouse, Travelling Light Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre and Z-arts; all offering time and resource to support artists on the programme.
As Vital Spark moves in to a second year, The Spark is now calling for any artists identifying as BAME, D/deaf and/or Disabled who are interested in making work for children to consider the 2019-20 applications. The opportunities currently open for applicants are:
- Development Programme: a nine-month programme aimed at developing artists individual practice when creating work for children and young people.
- Ideas Fund: seed commissioning of new, bold and exciting ideas for work for children and young people.
Applications will close midday on Wednesday 21 August 2019. If you are an artist interested in either of the above opportunities or learning more about Vital Spark, please click here for more information.
Throughout June and July Creative Producer, Tara Lopez will be travelling to venues across the country to meet with artists and share information about the Vital Spark opportunities. You can find your nearest roadshow event by clicking here.