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Vital Spark Applications Open

The flagship development programmes for under-represented artists in Performance for Young Audiences (PYA) is now accepting applications.

Are you an artist looking to enhance your skills in creating engaging and meaningful work in Performance for Young Audiences (PYA)? Do you need the time and space to develop your artistic process and producing abilities?

If so, the Relationship Programme and Ideas Fund is now open for applicants and offers exciting opportunities for under-represented artists in the PYA sector to explore their creativity and bring their ideas to life.

Here’s a little about each opportunity…

Relationship Programme:

The Spark Arts for Children, in collaboration with the Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, presents an international artist relationship program aimed at transforming the artistic practices of participating artists. This program is open to artists interested in developing their skills and processes to create innovative and captivating work for children.

Ideas Fund:

The Ideas Fund is designed to support artists in the early stages of developing new pieces of work intended for children and young people aged 0-13. The program aims to foster bold, exciting, and original ideas that contribute to a thriving Performing Arts for Young Audiences (PYA) sector, ensuring inclusivity and representation for all children and young people.

Find out more and apply here.

The Vital Spark behind everything we do

We believe that all children should be able to experience arts and culture, and that they should be able to see themselves represented in these experiences. This is not yet the case for every child and we’re committed to changing that.

Our response is Vital Spark, and it's at the heart of everything we do. Vital Spark is about challenging and changing the lack of diversity in children’s arts and culture; it’s about diverse-led artistic decision making; it’s about not being afraid to stand up for what’s right.

We do this by supporting artists who are currently underrepresented in children’s arts and culture. We also work with partner organisations to create world-class opportunities for these artists and share best practice.