The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries.
Bah humbug and other seasonal greetings from the Southbank hut where even Scrooge would find it hard not to be enchanted by the twinkly lights and Christmas market.
The best possible Christmas present for NDotM is the news we’ve just found out that 31 jobs will be available in East London through the Future Jobs Fund bid we did on behalf of Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc), Stratford Circus and East London Dance.
We’ve got other bids in too which if, approved, will represent more than 200 jobs across the UK in theatres, museums, galleries and arts institutions which means over 200 unemployed people will start work next year in real jobs where they’ll learn new skills and maybe set on a career path in the arts world. This is not bad for an organisation that isn’t even a year old yet. But as our founder Martin Bright says, “Extraordinary times require extraordinary things.” It’s clear that NDotM is one of those extraordinary things.
We’ve had some good and useful contact with the Design Council which is a great organisation, doing amazing work with designers and reminding people that design isn’t just about stuff to look at and admire, but the stuff we use every minute of the day. We’re really interested in a project the Design Council’s running called DOTT Cornwall and are hoping to work closely with them in a part of Britain that is facing real economic challenges.
We’ve also been talking to StreetGames which has got tens of thousands of young people in deprived areas involved in sport since they were launched nearly three years ago. Inspirational people and we hope there’s potential for us to work together on projects that combine art and sport. We’ll keep you posted but if you’ve any ideas or examples of what’s already happening in your area, please let us know.
Holly and her colleague Jane Trustram, felt there weren’t enough opportunities for new designers so they set up “emerge” to encourage new designers and provide them with advice on how to step from school to career.
And more congratulations too to Lemn Sissay, fellow Artist in Residence, poet, writer and natty dresser. Lemn is now officially Dr Sissay after being made an Honorary Doctor of Literature by the University of Huddersfield whose Chancellor is none other than actor Patrick Stewart.
Cape Farewell, who are also Artists in Residence have been involved in curating a spectacular exhibition at the Royal Academy -Earth, Art of a changing world. You need to get to see that before it closes at the end of January.
And while you’re planning your New Year diaries, don’t forget to put in Feb 9th at the Purcell Room for the Think Tank Clash. Chaired by Rory Bremner, this will be chance to hear some good debate and discussion about political issues with people from leading think tanks and their “star witnesses”.
Thanks for your interest and support. Hard to believe a year ago, NDotM didn’t even exist. We’re pretty amazed at what we’ve achieved so far but we couldn’t have done any of this without you.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year
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