You might have noticed the consistent stream of interviews and reviews going up in the last few weeks by Tayo, which all reference something called New Creatives. Well, in our excitement to deliver these innovative new pieces of content to you, we forgot to formally announce what was going on. Let me rectify that now for you!
New Creatives is a talent development scheme being co-funded by BBC Arts and Arts Council England. Over the course of two years, this scheme will give 500 young artists aged 16-30 the chance to develop their technical and creative skills and the opportunity to have their New Creatives commissions broadcast on BBC platforms.
The pieces commissioned in this first tranche include drama, animation, comedy, spoken word, soundscapes, music and dance. Topics range from immigration to mental health, explorations of gender, society, climate change, social media, artificial intelligence, grief and love, to an aural exploration of the sounds of a south coast amusement arcade.
The scheme is being delivered by five creative media organisations across the UK, which will serve as regional hubs to support the New Creatives. These production companies include Tyneside Cinema covering the North, Rural Media covering the Midlands, the Institute of Contemporary Arts covering London, Screen South covering the South East and Calling the Shots covering the South West.
We were initially invited by Rural Media to interview their artists and review their commissions, which is what you’ve seen going up on the site so far.
I’m excited to say that we will soon be expanding our scope and bringing reviews and interviews from across all five regional hubs! That means even more interviews with new and emerging artists, and even more reviews of their experimental work.
Given the size of this operation, this will be a slow-rolling process, and will happen in stages over the coming months.
While we’re sorting the final details out of this expansion, we will continue to be publishing reviews and interviews from Rural Media New Creatives weekly, and everything will be appearing over at voicemag.uk/newcreatives