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New Creatives: ICA National Talent Development Scheme

The ICA, BBC Arts and ACE are offering London artists new opportunities to create film, audio and interactive artworks. The first call is now open, with applications closing 10 March.

The Institute of Contemporary Arts is proud to announce a new partnership with BBC Arts and Arts Council England for New Creatives, a national talent development scheme for which the ICA is the London hub. The ICA will commission 100 new works in moving-image, audio or interactive media by London-based artists under 30 for potential broadcast on BBC Arts in 2019 and 2020.

The scheme seeks to broaden access to production and broadcast opportunities. Selected artists will be given education, training and production support, including specialist training in the distribution and circulation of their work from industry professionals, production specialists and mentors from Visible Institute at Kingston School of Art, NTS, SPACE, Chisenhale Gallery, Dazed Media and Werkflow. These production partners will work with the artists to develop their commission from initial idea to delivery.

There is the opportunity for commissioned artists’ work to be broadcast on television and radio under BBC Introducing Arts and made available on BBC iPlayer or BBC Sounds. Commissioned artists will also present their work at dedicated showcases at the ICA in December 2019 and 2020. The showcases will be a chance for artists to share their creation with peers and professionals, as well as with a large public audience.

Artists will be selected through four staggered open calls in February and June of 2019 and 2020. No prior experience is required to apply; the only criteria is that applicants are 16–30 and based in London. The selection committee will comprise a representative from the ICA, BBC Arts and each of the six production partners.

Beginning in March 2019, a series of monthly In Production workshops, talks, and presentations, in collaboration with industry specialists in London, will provide an opportunity to gain relevant skills, insight and build confidence in all areas of production. Independent of the commissioning process, these events will take place at the ICA and across London, are open to the public and free of charge.

The first call is now open, with applications closing 10 March. Visit: www.ica.art/InProduction

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