Young Producers

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A free training opportunity for Coventry-based 16-22 year olds to find out more about making arts events happen delivered by Warwick Arts Centre and China Plate!

“I absolutely loved it! Gaining practical experience by actually putting on an event has been life-changing. I didn’t know what a producer actually did before I started the programme and now I want to be one.”Young Producer Alumni

We are delighted that our second cohort of Young Producers launched earlier this year!

Through a mixture of intensives and evening sessions our Young Producers gain insight into what it takes to put on arts events – project planning, budgeting, marketing, project delivery and evaluation. They also hear from professionals across arts organisations and see work. They then create and put on their own event!

A group of young people standing on a stage with their backs to the camera.

A great opportunity to develop employability and interpersonal skills, whilst being creative, working with new people and taking the lead in producing an event alongside professionals within the current UK arts scene.

Applications have now closed for our Young Producers 2022 programme. If you would like to learn more, or have any questions, please contact our Engagement & Participation producer Andrea Pieri Gonzalez on [email protected]

Young Producers 2022 is supported by Warwick Arts Centre, China Plate, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Hobson Charity, ESF Groundworks, Jean Singleton and Arts Connect.

Photo © Emily Summers

Young Producers 2022 presents… VIVACITY!

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Are you an established artist looking for a space to share and/or develop your work? Or a recent graduate or student looking to showcase your creativity on a bigger platform?

We are inviting creatives of all disciplines, aged 18+ from across the West Midlands and surrounding areas to take part in a brand new, three-day, multi-arts festival – VIVACITY!

VIVACITY has been dreamt up by China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre’s Young Producers, 2022, to amplify local voices and celebrate creativity in all its forms.

Your variety could bring VIVACITY to life.

VIVACITY will take place from the 1st – 3rd April 2022, across multiple spaces at Warwick Arts Centre – day and night. Indoors, outdoors, and online.

We are looking to populate our programme with live music, poetry, comedy, cabaret, theatre, dance, film, exhibitions, artist Q & A’s, interactive workshops, inspired installations… ‘Imagination’s the limit.’

So, if you’ve got an idea, or a show good to go, VIVACITY needs you. Come collaborate!

Artwork © Abitan

Young Producers 2020

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Warwick Arts Centre and China Plate teamed up to run our first ever Young Producers programme between February and July 2020.

Initially a brief and budget was set by Warwick Arts Centre to produce a Youth Takeover at the arts centre. Due to Coronavirus, the delivery of the programme moved online and after discussions with the cohort about what they’d like to do, it was concluded that they would produce RECLAIMED – a digital arts festival by, with and for 16-21 year olds.

Young Producers also heard from professionals across arts organisations and saw shows.

‘I always knew there was more to the arts than the people you see on stage but I never understood just how much happens behind the scenes! Young Producers has taught me that there’s a whole world of work to be done to get a performance out there. And it’s actually really fun!’

“Being able to be practically involved with producing a festival myself has taught me so much more than I could have learned from a series of talks/lectures. Having actually done it with this team, I feel more confident that I could produce something myself in the future.”

“It was one of the best programme’s I’ve ever participated in, the team was amazing!”

“It gave great insight into producing that I have never experienced before. I also found it great to hear from different types of producers – eg. freelance, resident and different art forms”

Previous supporters include Coventry City of Culture Trust, Arts Council England and Baron Davenport’s Charity.

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