Tees Valley Young Creatives Logo. Includes logos of partner organisations: Tees Valley Combined Authority, Tees Valley Mayor, ARC, Teesside University, The Northern School of Art, and Stockton Riverside College
  • Are you a trained cultural industries creative from the Class of 2020, ready to get your work and skills out there professionally?
  • Are you in need of free expert support and guidance from experienced industry professionals to help you succeed in your chosen career?
  • Do you want to be part of a thriving, skilled cultural community and discover employment opportunities, network with other creatives, gain professional insights and meet new collaborators?

Tees Valley Young Creatives: Class of 2020 is a ground-breaking, exciting, and career launching programme of free support to help talented professionals newly out of training to secure employment and unlock new opportunities in their field.

Developed in direct response to the challenges facing the Class of 2020 and culture sector due to the coronavirus pandemic, the new Tees Valley Young Creatives network has been tailored to help those trained across the cultural industries sector, such as performers, artists, producers, technicians and more. It offers the chance to connect with other early-career creatives and access hours of valuable industry know-how.

As a member you’ll have access to exclusive social media platforms, regular online masterclasses, talks, webinars, and workshops from leading professionals and some of the most exciting voices in the sector, plus in-person (where guidance allows) social events featuring guest creatives.

You will be able to gain valuable insights to help you into cultural work, covering everything from building a successful freelance career (including the logistics of funding and legalities, approaching companies or clients, and developing eye-catching self-marketing) to coping with anxiety, developing resilience strategies and building social confidence. Plus you’ll have the chance to inform the content to tailor it to your needs.

The programme is funded by the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority as part of their £1m Recovery Programme for the Cultural Industries and Visitor Economy. It has been co-designed with The Northern School of Art, Teesside University, and Stockton Riverside College; and will be delivered by a wide range of creative industry professionals under the leadership of ARC, Stockton Arts Centre.

If you:

  • Completed training in ANY creative specialism in the Tees Valley, as part of the Class of 2020
  • Are currently not in full-time education
  • Are any age over 18 (but consider your creative career to be in its youth)

To join us, book your free place at the online launch of Tees Valley Young Creatives: Class of 2020, or by call ARC’s Box Office on 01642 525199.

If you have any access requirements in order to attend the launch, please let us know when booking.