Get Involved

Vital Spark is a movement. A movement towards a Performance for Young Audiences (PYA) sector that is fully reflective and representative of children today and tomorrow. To achieve real, long-lasting change we need to work together.

If you are interested in the aims of Vital Spark, either as an artist or organisation, there are a number of ways you can get involved (see below). If you would simply like to chat about Vital Spark with the team then you can email vitalspark@thesparkarts.co.uk or call 01162616893.

Artists:

A Seat at the Table Is a series of live and online events which have been bringing underrepresented artists who want to make and share work with children, young people and their families together with the wider PYA sector. This is a space for you, the artists, to be seen and heard. Together we are questioning the status quo of working practises with freelance artists in the industry and finding tangible solutions. One solution created through A Seat at the Table is the Code of Care (see below). To find out about future events, you can sign up to the Industry Newsletter by clicking here.

Code of Care - During the year of lockdown 2020, many freelance artist found themselves with time to reflect, the #freelancetaskforce and #weshallnotberemoved campaign began, in recognition of the crucial role that freelance artists play in the industry and the raised awareness of discrepancies within the freelance world. Through A Seat at the Table conversations there emerged a need for a clear and agreed understanding between freelancers and those that employed them. Working closely with Associate Director, Trina Haldar, 25 artists came together to create the Code of Care: a toolkit with some simple suggestions to guide both organisation and artist on how to best work together. More information and the Code of Care document can be found by clicking here.

Opportunities- Throughout the year, we share opportunities for artists. These could be opportunities through Vital Spark, The Spark, or other organisations across the sector. Keep up to date with these on our 'Opportunities' page by clicking here or sign up to our Industry Newsletter by clicking here.

Organisations:

Vital Spark Partnership – Is a group of like-minded organisations across the UK, all sharing an ambition for a more reflective and representative PYA sector. Each partner brings something to the table to support Vital Spark Associate Artists; this could be commissioning funds, programming commitments, in-kind rehearsal space or mentoring etc. In return, these partner organisations benefit from new relationships with artists and a shared journey of organisational development.

We are open to welcoming partners that can support and contribute to this approach, who are genuinely invested in the ambition, and willing to join us in learning along the way. If you would like to discuss the Vital Spark Partnership further, please contact vitalspark@thesparkarts.co.uk.

Code of Care - During the year of lockdown 2020, many freelance artist found themselves with time to reflect, the #freelancetaskforce and #weshallnotberemoved campaign began, in recognition of the crucial role that freelance artists play in the industry and the raised awareness of discrepancies within the freelance world. Through A Seat at the Table conversations there emerged a need for a clear and agreed understanding between freelancers and those that employed them. Working closely with Associate Director, Trina Haldar, 25 artists came together to create the Code of Care: a toolkit with some simple suggestions to guide both organisation and artist on how to best work together. More information and the Code of Care document can be found by clicking here.

Vital Spark Events – Throughout the year, we host events open to the wider sector. These include opportunities to meet the Vital Spark Associate Artists and learn about their practice and/or work in development. Through Spark Festival, we also host a number of delegate events focusing on different aspects of the Vital Spark movement. To find out about future events, you can sign up to the Industry Newsletter by clicking here.