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Development Programme

The Development Programme offers artists the time, space and resources to develop their practice around making work for children.

Over a nine-month period each artist has regular mentoring, an artist bursary, go and see opportunities, as well as creative development and other training opportunities.

We work closely with each artist to create a development journey that works for them, their development and access needs.

Meet the 2018-19 Artists

During 2018-19 we will be working with the following artists on the development of their practice. You can find out more about each artist and follow their journey on the Vital Spark blog.

Sameena Khan – a Theatre Director, Drama Practitioner and Performer who has worked almost exclusively with children and families for the last 13 years.

Mellow Baku – a Musician, Poet and Storyteller who has been leading workshops and making performance for children and young people for over 10 years.

Takeshi Matsumoto – a Contemporary Dance Performer, Teacher, Choreographer and Dance Movement Psychotherapist who has worked across the sector nationally and internationally for over 15 years.

Lucy Hayward – a Playwright and Theatre Maker creating and developing scripts which are inclusive of blind and visually impaired audiences.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2018-19 programme are now closed. Applications will open for the 2019-20 programme in Summer 2019.

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