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Project information

Support Future Artists

Help us to support young people aged 14-24 to explore their creativity and grow as individuals through dance, choreography and other artistic disciplines. Through courses, workshops and one-to-one mentoring we aim to empower and nurture the next generation of dance artists and choreographers.

January 2018 - July 2018

Charity information: Siobhan Davies Dance

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  • Need


    Arts education is being pushed to the margins with education increasingly viewed in narrow, instrumental terms. Dance courses in the UK are again focusing on dance technique, we feel this is at the expense of developing of creative capacity and critical thinking skills; which can be applied toward developing a creative practice in the arts and creative industries. This is incompatible with a future of rich creativity in the UK.


    Our youth programme draws on our strengths as a choreography-focused organisation to engage young people in the exploration of different art forms and offers an intensive experience that gives them the confidence, skills and perspective to inform future choices which may or may not entail a professional career in the arts. YAAG enables these participants to establish a long term relationship with us, building new projects to support their artistic development.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide opportunities to explore choreography through the lens of other artistic disciplines.


    » 25 weekly group sessions (2 hours each); led by a practicing artist exploring different perspectives and aspects of choreography.
    » 3 mentoring sessions (one to one) between each participant and the artist leading the programme.
    » At least 4 guest artists invited to lead weekly sessions; with one artist engaging in the programme for the festival.
    » Group trips organised to attend and experience a variety of choreographic artistic works by other artists and organisations.

    What success will look like

    With University of Exeter, we have developed evaluation tools to measure and capture participant's progress and engagement. Participants also blog about their experiences.

    Aim 2

    Develop participants' skills in curation, production and arts administration.


    » Participants lead in the creation and delivery of an annual festival showcasing their learning and progress.
    » SDD staff contribute knowledge sharing at weekly sessions, and provide support to the participants in realising their ambitions for the festival
    » Young Artists' Advisory Group develop and lead projects to extend their experience from the course (i.e. Feedback Forums)

    What success will look like

    Participants will produce and deliver an annual festival showcasing their learning and experiences. Produce 3 Feedback Forums annually.

    Aim 3

    Provide progression routes to developing professional roles within the arts.


    » Membership to the Young Artists' Advisory Group with 10 meetings annually to feedback and contribute to programmes at SDD.
    » Lead on 3 Feedback Forums annually; undertaking planning, artist selection, and delivery of events.
    » Work experience and voluntary opportunities within the wider programme of SDD
    » Propose future activities for the programme; designing and delivering activities including fundraising and marketing efforts to build skills.

    What success will look like

    On-going participation in Group meetings and voluntary opportunities beyond the initial programme. Involvement in Feedback Forums: planning, artist selection, delivery.

  • Impact


    By providing young people with a progression route into a professional life and maintaining a connection to continue support them beyond the completion of the one-year programme, our long term aim is to support the development of the next generation of artists. By recognising progression through our programmes and peer organisation activities, we will support them to develop life long artistic journeys and keep in touch to track their progress.


    1. Participant engagement - applicants are carefully selected to ensure that they understand the commitment required to complete the course; keeping numbers small ensures good one to one engagement which lessens drop out risks
    2. Artist leadership availability - the course has been structured to allow for guest artists to lead sessions and staff to also contribute to enable flexibility within the structure.


    We will send updates to donors twice during the programme, and invite all donors to attend the annual festival showcasing the participants learning and enabling them to meet the participants. A final report will be offered, with participants feedback.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,256

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      Amount Heading Description
      £460 Participant Recruitment Marketing/Taster workshop delivery for potential participants
      £4,640 Artist Fees 25 weekly sessions led by Artist Facilitator/4 Guest Artist session (£160 per session)
      £320 Materials Materials to support participants, including annual hosting of a blog
      £1,200 Mentoring Fees for 15 participants to be mentored across the programme
      £3,450 Festival Fees, production costs and support costs for the annual Festival
      £1,000 YAAG skills workshops 2 artist facilitated sessions supporting on-going development for young artist as part of YAAG
      £810 Feedback Forums Artist fees, staff/technical crew production costs
      £2,376 Admin 20% towards staffing and overhead costs to support the programme

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Participant Fees £2,000 Conditional
    Feedback Forum ticket income £150 Conditional
  • Background


    The project will be delivered at Siobhan Davies Studios, in the heart of Elephant & Castle. Since opening in 2006, the Studios have developed as a hub for independent dance artists to develop their practice and create ambitious, innovative new choreography and dance work. Also operating as a gallery, the Studios offer an interdisciplinary environment to stimulate new considerations and collaborative making processes.


    15 young people (aged 14-25) will participate in the course, with a further 30 engaging in workshops as part of the recruitment and festival. 150 audience will engage with the festival, with a focus on attracting peers of the young artists. Our aim is to provide depth of engagement to the participants through 25 sessions of contact.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Siobhan Davies Dance is world-renowned for producing choreographic work that pushes the boundaries, placing this work in non-traditional settings for performance. We take the choreographic practices of Siobhan Davies and translate them into programmes that support artistic development in children and young people. Our work with young people is responsive and innovative in its approaches, and the success of our programme is well evidenced.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Amy Bell

    Artist Facilitator - leading the majority of the weekly sessions, supporting the participants through mentoring

    Laura Aldridge

    Producer - experienced producer of learning and participation projects, extensive evaluation skills

It's essential that young people are part of creative programmes, because their future will insist that they have creative solutions to a complicated world

Siobhan Davies, Artistic Director