Young people face huge challenges in a volatile age. Future now raises aspirations, employability and inspires creative expression by giving access to careers in the arts, celebrating non-traditional routes in to work and removing barriers for all young people.
January 2019 - March 2020
Charity information: Boundless Theatre
How can we build a representative culture for all that builds community whilst creating sustainable job opportunities and career development for young people? Right now a generation of young people are increasingly under pressure to find employment in a rapidly changing job market. Creative careers are being devalued through the decline of Arts education and theatre needs diverse talent across a range of jobs, especially non creative roles if it is to be relevant for the future.
Promoting and diversifying creative careers to young people is the greatest chance we have at creating cultural experiences for all. Future Now will address the problem by funding young people directly, fund their development of skills and demystify a wider range of roles within the industry that are suited to young people of diverse backgrounds. We will create a network for young adults across the UK (Margate, Manchester and London) to promote belonging and make new connections.
Connect young adults across UK and promote knowledge exchange and collaboration.
Activities» BOUNDLESS MATCH: Networking event in Margate, Manchester and London for young people to collaborate and connect with peers
» SKILLS BURSARIES: For accessing training opportunities across the UK to develop new skills and promote career development
What success will look like
60 young people at Boundless Match networking events (50% not engaged in arts in last 12 months)
6 Training Opportunities funded (50% BAMER and 5050 Gender young people
Demystify a wider range of jobs and opportunities available to young people in theatre industry
Activities» BOUNDLESS IDEAS: Digital Resources offering advice and access to role models.
» BOUNDLESS MEET AND GREETS: Monthly surgeries with Boundless staff team offering one-to-one advice
» BOUNDLESS TOWN HALLS: Three one off events with talks and workshops in Margate, Manchester and London
What success will look like
6000 digital audiences (views or equivalent)
36 young people at Surgeries (50% not known to us)
150 audience at Boundless Town Hall events
Boost employability in cultural sector for more diverse young people.
Activities» BOUNDLESS PROFESSIONAL ROLE: A paid professional position on a Boundless project or production.
» CULTURE TRIPS: Access to cultural experiences to develop skills and boost employability and cultural education
» BOUNDLESS TIME OUT: An R&D fund to work away from part-time employment and develop a project that promotes skills development/boosts employability
What success will look like
1 paid position at Boundless on project/production
12 Culture trips (50% BAMER artist led/1 not in English)
2 Time Out (5050 Gender and both identify as working class)
We want more young people from diverse backgrounds in paid roles not currently seen as accessible or relevant.
Longer term we want:
increase in diverse artists from a range of background in leadership roles
higher quality theatre offer in UK for teenagers and young adults
more young people from diverse backgrounds attending the theatre regularly
We will demonstrate this through tracking the individuals we engage with (min. 10 years) and available Arts Council data.
Low turnout: mitigated by marketing / Boundless networks and high profile of guest speakers
No Boundless Professional Job: mitigated by a large number of creative opportunities
Relevant barriers not identified: mitigated by consulting Boundless Advisory Group and sector partners
Changeover of Boundless Staff Team: mitigated by Boundless Board oversight
Activity only reaches most engaged young people: mitigated by close partner working/working in more diverse areas/targeting specific groups
Creation of final project evaluation with feedback from participants at start and end of project
Quarterly update on activities shared through Boundless mailing list.
Invites to Town Hall events
Video and Audio documentation shared through Boundless social networks
Budget - Project Cost: £13,400Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £3,000 Events 6 Events: Margate, Manchester & London £700 Travel Bursaries Travel Bursaries to young people to attend Boundless Match £1,800 Professional Development Culture Trips, Skills Bursaries and Surgeries £1,200 Boundless Ideas 12 Pieces of Content £2,500 Paid Position 1 Professional Role on Boundless Project/Production £1,500 Time Out 2 R&D Opportunities £2,700 Admin Project Management and Promotion
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Boundless Theatre ACE NPO £4,400 Guaranteed
The project will take place in Margate which has high levels of deprivation, 50% population under the age of 40 and low levels of education, skills and training (but a growing creative community). We will also work in Manchester where we have strong industry connections, (The Royal Exchange, HOME) and a city that celebrates diverse cultural activity. Finally, we will work in our area of South London, which has high levels of working class and BAMER young people.
Young people, aged 15-25 in three areas of the UK, Manchester/Margate/London will directly benefit from the project. We will seek 5050 Gender balance across funded opportunities and look to achieve 50% BAMER young people engaging across all activity. We will prioritise young people from working class backgrounds and work in areas like Margate where cultural opportunities are limited (especially theatre). Young people will connect with peers across the UK boosting their networks.
Boundless Theatre is a registered charity. We create exhilarating, relevant work for and with young adults. Since 2001 we have toured 25 productions of world class theatre to thousands of young audiences. European projects connect hundreds of young people from diverse backgrounds. Our school projects empower hard to reach young people, with very limited engagement in professional theatre. At the heart of Boundless is our Advisory Group, 10 15-25 year olds (80% BAME) who inform all our work
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Artistic Director and Project Lead for Future Now
Executive Producer and Project Lead for Future Now
Producer and responsible for delivery of events and surgeries at Boundless Theatre
Digital Producer and responsible for digital content and capture throughout the project.