This year, the Creative Talent scheme will support the following artists:
- Writer, filmmaker and actor Scar Ward, who specialises in writing for young people and explores disability, dysfunctional families, and queer themes in their work.
- Jordy Deelight who creates performance-based work for theatre and television, looking at identity and persona in the art of drag and exploring themes of disability, gender and mental health in autobiographical theatre.
- Photographer Chiyana Ankhrah whose work is focused on challenging and destabilising Eurocentric beauty standards by uplifting and empowering Black women who have been historically left out of the fashion and beauty industries while addressing and challenging stereotypes around Black mental health.
Speaking about the Creative Talent Programme, CEO of Creative Youth Louise Coles said "As we know young people and young artists have been particularly hit hard by the pandemic, through unemployment, mental health issues and subsequently many feeling a loss of a sense of purpose, so it has been important for us at Creative Youth to ensure we have remained "open for business" providing the much needed stability and support during this time - our Creative Talent programme has been and continues to be a key part of this mission."
About the Creative Talent Programme
The Creative Talent Programme was launched in 2009 to identify young and emerging artists and companies who have the potential to become excellent creative practitioners and give them the artistic, business and strategic support to become flourishing, challenging, exciting organisations of the future. Although Creative Youth is based in Kingston-upon-Thames, applicants for the programme can be based anywhere in the UK and there has been a particular focus in recent years to encourage participants from outside London to apply.