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Ignition – Artist Development programme

This year we will offer several artists under 30 the opportunity to take part in a professional development programme. We understand the importance of skill development and mentorship in nurturing emerging talent. That is why we are committed to development opportunities tailored to the unique needs of young artists in order to provide practical guidance but also instil confidence and empower artists to navigate the complexities of the creative industry. 

Each successful applicant to our Artist Development Programme, will be paired with practice relevant, established artists. Both will be paid to attend three two hours workshops which will explore the areas relevant to establishing a career in the arts, including finding funding, writing grant applications, networking, how to make your work community relevant and how to find the work. 

We will be offering 5 places on the mentorship programme in the following areas: 

Photography (supported by Photoworks) 
We are interested to hear from emerging artists working in any area of photography, including art photography, fashion, photojournalism, street photography, documentary, landscape and nature.  

Visual Arts 
We are interested in hearing from emerging artists working across any of the visual arts including painting, sculpture, drawing, illustration, printmaking, design, craft, filmmaking, video, ceramics and textiles. 

Performing Arts 
We are interested in hearing from emerging artists working theatre, performance, dance, choreography, music, playwrighting, circus, street theatre, spoken word and poetry. 

Community Arts x 2 

We are interested to hear from emerging artists of any practise, who are interested in exploring how their work can be community relevant, including painting, graphic design, sculpture, playwrights, performers, musicians, poets – absolutely anything. Each artist will receive a paid commission to create new work and develop public workshops for their community. 

Applicants must:  

  • Be aged between 18-30 at the time of application 
  • Live in Barnsley 
  • Have a demonstrable Artistic Practice 

Application Timeline: 
Thursday 2nd May: Applications Launch @ the Civic Artists Social 
Monday 1st July: Applications Close 
Monday 5th August: Successful Applicant Awarded  
Thursday 5th September: Development Artists Announced 
Sept 2024 –March 2025 Project Delivery 

How to apply:  

Please either fill in the application form here or submit a video to [email protected] (no longer than 5 minutes) telling us,

  • About you and your artistic practice  
  • What areas of your practice you feel you would like to develop? 
  • How this programme could help your artistic practice. 



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