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New Creatives North Talent Development Scheme: Round 2 open for Submissions in partnership with BBC Arts and Arts Council England

Northern artists, creators and makers are now invited to apply for the New Creatives North talent development scheme to develop their creative and professional skills, extend their networks, find mentors and receive specialist help and funding.

Led in the North of England by Tyneside Cinema, in partnership with BBC Arts and Arts Council England, the programme is for 16-30-year-olds and will focus on giving opportunities to young creators from backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in the arts and broadcasting.

The call for Round 2 submissions is open now until midnight on Sunday 7th July, and anyone creating sound or video, be it in a bedroom or a studio are strongly encouraged to apply. With expert guidance from mentors across the industry, the process couldn’t be easier – the New Creatives North team will support applicants in taking a spark of an idea and turning it into reality.

With categories spanning film and audio (with an interactive installation call out to follow later in 2019) New Creatives North welcomes submissions that cover a wide range of artistic practices, and applications are encouraged from creatives who are active on YouTube, TikTok, those who make videogames, write poetry, perform spoken word, choreography, record soundscapes, or perhaps capture their friends and daily lives on smartphones: all ideas and forms of creativity are welcome.

Creative Director and award-winning filmmaker leading the project, Ian Fenton, says “We’re looking for people creating and making; from those who might consider themselves artists to those who create film, audio or music just because they love it – with New Creatives, we will give development, technical, monetary and creative support to make ideas a reality.”

The first round of submissions opened at the beginning of 2019and saw an overwhelming response from emerging artists. The successful Round 1 applicants have now been confirmed and are announced today:

 In the Audio category:

  • Afshan D'souza-Lodhi, age 26, writes plays, prose and performance pieces, and has submitted a piece titled “Chop Chop”, which centres around a murder in a halal butcher shop
  • Alexandra McLeod, age 23, loves audio production and is making a podcast that explores her dad’s use of poetry to communicate with her and the rest of the family.
  • Benjamin Fitzgerald, age 23, is a musician and creating a musical exploration of the mind, focussing on the concept of mental health and how it affects the world around us.
  • Bryony Bates, age 27, is a writer and performer whose “Coleoptera” presents a multi-vocal exploration of extinction, etymology, freedom of expression, and beetles.
  • Dani Watson, age 24, is a writer whose proposal “Voices of Migration” is based on a series of interviews and creates a dramatic spoken word soundscape that interlinks stories of displacement, home and belonging.
  • Daniel Bryden, age 21, is an electronic musician whose “You and Your Stable Children” will explore the communities that live around him through a combination of voice, music and sound art.
  • Scott Brummitt, age 25, is a writer whose proposal “Waves” explores the idea that when everything is falling apart, sound can hold things together.
  • William Marsey, age 29, will be exploring his connection to his home in the North East through a patchwork of conversations and instrumental music.

 In the Film category:

  • David Spittle, age 30, creates poetry and presents a work titled “Light Noise” that uses his grandfather’s Super 8 films and an expressive soundscape to explore memory and decay.
  • Georgia Mulraine, age 21, presents from “Elephant in the Room” a spoken word self-portrait exploring what it means to me to be mixed race.
  • Isobel Clark, age 21, presents “Paper Skin” and shines a light on the experiences that one girl shares with a number of 'sugar daddies'.
  • Jack Thomson, age 24, is a photographer, film-maker and choreographer, and presents a conceptual dance film that explores the fascinating story of the Alleyne sisters.
  • Naqqash Khalid, age 25, works in film, live art and theatre and presents  “Before A Pack of Wild Dogs Eat My Face”, an exploration of grief and masculinity.
  • Zodwa Nyoni, age 30, is a playwright, poet and dramaturg, whose “Notes on Being A Lady” explores how women are taught from a young age that their bodies do not belong to them.
  • Ronan Mackenzie, age 21, is an animator whose “It's raining, It's pouring” will use a combination of family photos and interviews to explore the life of an elderly man as his mind starts to fade.

Over the course of the next few months, the artists selected will take part in training and development workshops with experienced professionals to develop their original idea and prepare it for production. They will then be supported by approved production partners to create their work, with input from Tyneside Cinema and the BBC. The completed work will then have the chance of being selected for a new strand of programming: BBC Introducing Arts, which will showcase new artistic talent from the UK across BBC platforms, including BBC iPlayer, BBC Sounds, BBC Taster and beyond.

In addition to supporting selected artists to develop and produce their work, New Creatives will provide training and support to develop a digital distribution strategy for their work, allowing them to extend the potential audiences for their creative output now and in the future.

The scheme is open to anyone aged 16-30 and applications can be made HERE. Simply fill in the form, tell us about your idea and we will do the rest for you. It couldn’t be easier.

The deadline for applications is midnight, Sunday 7 July 2019.