21 Artists for the 21st Century
A Centenary Cultural Mentor Programme
A mentor programme designed for 21 outstanding young artists across the full creative spectrum (painters and photographers, film-makers, poets, playwrights and short-story writers, composers and musicians, actors, directors, producers, singers and song-writers) to develop their artistic skills and creative expertise. A host of Northern Ireland’s most talented creatives will nurture and guide young participants, providing crucial career and business guidance to set them on their way to a successful career.
In addition to creative mentoring, artists will have access to a number of workshops addressing their collective development e.g. sessions on career planning, legal and financial advice etc.
The successful artists will each be assigned an experienced mentor (carefully matched to their own needs) to help them bring a creative project to fruition. Each student will develop a piece of work with their mentor, and in collaboration with their group produce a completed piece to be showcased within an exhibition or concert.
Produced in collaboration with David Grant, a Senior Lecturer in Drama in the School of Creative Arts at Queen’s University, Belfast. David, a former Managing Editor of Theatre Ireland magazine, Programme Director of the Dublin Theatre Festival, and Artistic Director of the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, continues work as a theatre director alongside his academic work, and has a long standing association with youth and community-based arts, notably devising Days in the Bay with the Tigers Bay Men’s Group in Belfast.