Creative Alliance & Arts Connect

Arts Connect, in partnership with Creative Alliance, is supporting the Local Culture and Education Partnerships of Solihull, Walsall, Stoke-on-Trent, and Herefordshire to host Creative Industry Careers Days during National Careers Week across the West Midlands.

Four Amazing Events

Arts Connect and Creative Alliance have joined together to create four events aimed at helping local young people understand more about the creative and cultural industry. These events were delivered by four different Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPs) based in the West Midlands. The events took place at The Core Theatre Solihull, The New Art Gallery Walsall, The New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme, and the Hereford College of Arts. Each of the events are different but involved a mixture of talks from creative professionals, tours of the creative spaces, panel discussions, and creative style learning activities for young people to learn about the different job roles within the creative industries and how to become a creative professional.

Explore the events

See below for information for each of the CEPs and the events we helped to organise. We have worked alongside Studio46 to create a highlight video for each event. There’s also a Case Study, part of our Homegrown project, showcasing a creative professional from each of the CEPs, produced and created in-house by one of our digital marketing apprentices.

Careers Day

Creative Connections Herefordshire hosted a Creative Careers Day involving guest speaker Elle Adams, who delivered a presentation on how it is to work in the creative industries and the variety of career paths available. She then lead an interactive workshop to look at creative careers pathways, which was delivered in sessions to 3 different secondary schools in Herefordshire.

Case Study: Nicola Lillie

Core Young Professionals: Careers Event

Solihull CEP will be hosting an exciting day of learning and work experience, where young people will have the opportunity to learn about the different job roles and activities of various departments within The Core Solihull.

Event Highlights

Case Study: Skylar Mabry

Careers Event on Theatre and Podcasting

Stoke-On-Trent and North Staffordshire CEP will host a Creative Careers event focused on performing arts, providing opportunities for participants to be involved in discussions with theatre professionals and to co-create a project. The event will also allow participants to showcase their work to parents/carers at the end of the day and hear talks from creative professionals.

Event Highlights

Case Study: Craig Scott-Patrick

Creative Careers Day

Walsall CEP will host a creative careers event involving a tour of The New Art Galleries Garman Ryan Collection and a Curator’s Tour of Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945 exhibition. There will also be talks from 3 creative professionals from different aspects of the industry and a practical workshop in plaster casting with artist Rob Conway.

Event Highlights

Case Study: Emily Summers

Creative Careers Toolkit

The purpose of this toolkit is to enable people to plan, organise, deliver and evaluate creative careers education activities and events.

This guide is an interactive PDF with links to a range of resources including:

  • Getting Started
  • Planning Templates
  • Session Plan
  • Guidance When Working With Creative and Cultural Organisations
  • Case Studies

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