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Talent Development

Sarah Filmer, Alys Scott-Hawkins, Greg Gilbert, Field Notes, Stair/Slide/Space
‘a space’ arts contracted Host Productions to manage the Talent Development Programme to support emerging artistic talent across the south west region.

The programme enabled artists to create, propose and justify a period of bespoke professional development. It gave artists (individuals or groups) the chance to design a programme relevant to their needs, aligned with their practice, ambition, career position and long-term goals.

The programme stood apart from other professional development initiatives on the basis that it set out to nurture artists through their individual needs and practices. Often professional development is delivered in a group context with an overarching programme that perhaps can generalise the support that artists require. An individually tailored programme was established on the very basis of feedback from local artists in Southampton and was backed up by national research carried out by a-n, the Artist Information Company, in 2010/2011 which demonstrated the need by artists for personalised development planning, business support, networking events and the critique of their work.