Creative Youth Network is looking for emerging and early career artists and creatives aged 16 – 25 years old to take part in our 3-month Creative Futures Residency Programme and create their own work. This is a paid commission opportunity based at The Station in Bristol's City Centre, 

Who is the programme for?

Open to young creatives in all artforms, these paid commissions provide opportunities to develop new work, have studio space and receive industry professional mentoring, alongside opportunities to develop your creative business or career. 

There are 5 paid commission opportunities available. We particularly welcome applications from those who are struggling to find a way forward with their creative practice or career. We encourage applications from those who identify as:

  • Not in employment, education or training
  • From global majority backgrounds
  • Care leavers
  • Those living with disabilities or additional learning needs
  • Living with ill mental health

What does the programme include?

The paid commission residencies will take place between April – June 2024 or September – November 2024. Each paid commission will result in a final sharing of work, whether that be an exhibition or live performance.

The Creative Futures programme helps young people aged 16 -25 to develop their creative practice and skills. If you are finding it difficult to find your feet as an artist or creative professional, then we can provide the support you need to produce your own work, and develop your networks and skills. Alongside support to develop your commission and creative or artistic practice, our programme will also provide regular free opportunities to turn your passion and work into a profession. All our young creatives have access to:

   Masterclasses   Networking events   Crit Chat

What can I expect?


Monthly sessions led by professionals in the Arts and Creative Industries to develop your skills and understanding of the creative sector. Subjects include:

-         What it means to be a freelancer and how to do it

-        How to make money from your creative practice including fundraising

-         Marketing and developing your brand as an artist

These events aren’t the regular nerve-racking or awkward networking events! Meet other people in the creative sector in a comfortable and informal environment. 

We aim to change the structure of “networking” by including guest speakers from the industry and providing friendly events across that bring likeminded young creatives together to share ideas and experiences.

Crit Chats are opportunities to share ideas or work in progress in a safe and friendly environment with peers aged 16 - 25. Bring along your commission as it progresses to receive feedback on their creation(s) or initial thoughts to help take your work further.
Where do they take place?   These masterclasses will take place across Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare, in person and online. Networking events take place quarterly in person across Bristol and North Somerset.

 In person across Bristol and North Somerset.

How to Apply

Please find our application form at the link below. 

Applications for the commissions close on 2nd April at 5pm.              


Contact information: 

Do you have any questions for us? If you have any queries or questions ahead of making an application, or if you would like to speak to anyone about this call out, please email [email protected], or call Ylvi on 07436 161 985 

*There are travel bursaries for people living in North Somerset available through Super Culture*

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