Work as an artist. Develop your networks. Build your creative future.

We are looking for 5 young people to take part in a paid 6 month opportunity to set yourself up as a freelancer, make and show your own work and get mentoring.

We welcome applications from those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those who are out of employment, education or training, those receiving income support and from care leavers.

Creative Futures is a programme for young emerging artists aged 16-25 in the Bristol area. Unfortunately, we will not consider applications from outside of the Bristol area and travel expenses are not covered.

Deadline for applications: 9am, Monday 4th January 2021

Interview day: Monday 11th January 2021 (on Zoom, morning group session and afternoon interview)

You will need to be available:

  • 3 days per week from Feb – April 2021 (8 hours project work and 16 hours freelance work)
  • 2 days per week from April – July 2021 (16 hours project work)

What’s offered?

  • Studio space
  • Professional mentoring
  • Work placements / professional experience
  • Money to make new work
  • Showcase opportunities of new work
  • Professional business support and help in setting yourself up as a freelance practitioner
  • Networking opportunities to build on your creative contacts
  • Paid work as a freelancer (National Living Wage – currently £8.72 per hour) to plan and run creative workshops for other young people

What we are looking for:

We are looking for five young artists, musicians, dancers, choreographers, performers, writers, designers… basically anyone with a creative vision, idea and passion. You should be committed and motivated at the start of your creative profession and career. With a drive and passion for making new work and developing yourself but you may not have had the opportunity to do so before.

Want to find out more before applying?

Ask to meet or have a phone call with someone from the team who can answer your questions: [email protected]

Please be aware that the team will be on annual leave until 4th January so should you have any questions about your application please send them through before 18th December.

Ready to apply? 

You can do this by:

  1. Filling in an application form online at
  2. Filling out the Word Doc application form and either email back or hand back in person
  3. Answering the questions on the application form in a voice recording or video and email to: [email protected]

Download the Word doc application form here: Word Doc application form



Find out more about the young artists who have taken part in Creative Futures.

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