Vital Spark- working together to shift the landscape of theatre and dance for children

Vital Spark is a four-year programme which aims to address the lacking diversity in the children's sector by working with a talented group of BAME, D/deaf & Disabled artists through professional development, the commissioning and producing of new work.

Opportunities for artists include the following:

- Artist 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.

The programme is supported by partner organisations across the country, including; Attenborough Arts Centre, Arts Depot, Ovalhouse, Travelling Light Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre, and Z-arts.

You can follow the Vital Spark discussion on the blog where we share updates on the programme as well as artist news and updates.

Applications for 2019-20 now open

Are you…

  • an experienced artist working in a performance based art form?
  • passionate about the arts for children and young people?
  • interested in making performance work for children and young people aged 0-13?
  • someone who could help us address the lacking diversity in the sector?

Applications are now open for the Development Programme and Ideas Fund for 2019-20. The closing date is Wednesday 21 August. Please follow the links for information about how to apply.

Vital Spark Roadshows

In June and July 2019 we'll be travelling across the country to meet artists interested in the Vital Spark programme. This is a chance to learn more about the programme, ask any questions and meet other artists and venue staff. Find out more by clicking here.

Jargon Buster:

Across this site, we use a number of words and acronyms which we hope make life easier but in case they add confusion, here is a breakdown of what they mean...

BAME - Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic. This is used to refer to members of non-white ethnic groups.

PoC - Person of Colour. This is an alternate term used to refer to members of non-white ethnic groups.

D/deaf - In deaf culture, there are two separate spellings of the word "deaf." We use deaf to describe or identify anyone who has a severe hearing problem. Sometimes it's used to refer to people who are severely hard of hearing too. Deaf with a capital D refers to people who have been deaf all their lives, or since before they started to learn to talk. They are pre-lingually deaf ( By using both capital and lower case 'd' we are referring to both groups of people.