Creative Talent Programme


We’re delighted to announce our new and improved Creative Talent Programme for 2018 – 2019. We’re searching for three new and exciting emerging or early career companies/artists to support. The Creative Talent Programme identifies young and emerging artists and companies who have the potential to become excellent creative practitioners and gives them the artistic, business and strategic support to become flourishing, challenging, exciting organisations of the future.

We are particularly keen to support emerging artists/companies from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, who identify as disabled or are focused on disability, and/or those who identify as BAME (black, asian or minority ethnic)

Each company/artist will receive:

  • £2,000 to develop a piece of creative work
  • Support across a year of activity (October 2018 – September 2019)
  • Support from a bespoke, artform specific industry mentor.
  • Access to free office space (when available)
  • Access to free rehearsal space (when available)
  • Professional development workshops

The Creative Talent Programme 2018 – 2019 is generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England and will work in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kingston council, Kingston University, the Rose Theatre Kingston and Kingston College.

Please make sure you read the accompanying guidelines in full, before applying.

To download the application guidelines, CLICK HERE 

To open the online application form, CLICK HERE 


Both yourself and all company members (if applicable) must be under the age of 26 at the time of applying. This opportunity is also only open to emerging or early career artists/companies so please do not apply if you/your company has been working for more than three years.

There are three company/artist positions available as part of the Creative Talent Programme 2018 – 2019. The three positions will be selected in the following areas:

Open Access:

  • A company/artists from any background/circumstance, within the above confines.


  • A company/artist who identify as disabled or focused on disability and/or those who identify as BAME(black, asian or minority ethnic)

Disadvantaged socio-economic background:

  • A company/artist who is/are from a disadvantaged socio-economic background.

If you are applying as a company for either the BAME or Disabled or disadvantaged socio-economic background positions, the majority of your members should identify as one or a combination of the above.


Deadline for completed applications: Monday 7th September 2018, 5.00pm

Shortlist Interviews: 17th – 19th September 2018

Creative Talent Programme: October 2018 – September 2019


The application is there so that we can hear more about you and your creative ideas. Don’t worry too much about the formality of it and instead, concentrate on the questions being asked and answer them in a way that makes sense to you.

If you need any help or support completing the application or have any questions, please contact the Creative Talent Programme Manager, Molly Freeman, on

Please note, we also accept video applications and these should be emailed to Molly, on the above address, by the deadline.

If you require any assistance, need a large print copy of the application or have any access needs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on the above email address.

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