A new six-week immersive introduction to the world of arts festivals, event production and inclusive arts practice.

Creativity Works: Arts Festival Leaders offered 15 young creatives the chance to collaborate with industry professionals to shape I Am At Tate Exchange Festival - a groundbreaking event celebrating the creativity of deaf, disabled and neurodiverse children and young people.

Participants got an introduction to designing and curating creative spaces that are inclusive, accessible and welcoming for a variety of audiences. Developing skills in planning and production, engagement and event management, as well as social media and documentation, they collaborated with a wide range of industry professionals to make the project a success.

The course was full-time and included skills workshops, insight sessions, and training and mentoring with leading industry figures from the world of inclusive arts. The programme helped prepare them for roles in the youth and participatory arts sectors, and also enabled them to grow their networks.

Read a blog about Bimbola's experience


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The intensive six-week programme included:

  • Practical skills workshops with leading figures from arts organisations and the event production sector
  • Inspirational talks and visits
  • Hands-on practical experience of event production
  • Collaboration with participating schools
  • Disability Confidence & Diversity and Inclusion training
  • Shadowing Events and Production teams
  • Employability skills training, CV surgeries and interview preparation
  • Travel expenses and lunches covered throughout

Work Placements

Following the six-week programme, participants then had the opportunity to complete a work placement throughout April as part of a major festival of arts and culture.


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Creativity Works Plus

Participants also received exclusive access to our Creativity Works Plus programme for additional training in freelance & entrepreneurial skills, industry mentoring, events, networking and paid opportunities.

Career Progression


In addition, they will continue to receive ongoing help with applications and access to our employer network, leading to real job opportunities at the end of the programme. Potential career progression could include:

  • Events Coordinator

  • Young People’s Programmer

  • Curatorial Assistant

  • Arts Practitioner/Workshop Facilitator

  • Visitor Experience Officer

  • Communications Assistant

  • Diversity and Inclusion Officer

  • Teaching Assistant

  • Support Worker

  • Youth Worker

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