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Creative Careers

Workshops, opportunities and resources

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Bringing ambitious young creatives together with established thinkers and practitioners in the arts, to build connections and inspire future careers.

Last year’s online programme looked to platform the excellence of young creatives apart of Young Barbican. We’re proud to have celebrated your brilliant work and to have shone a light on your hopes for the future.

As a result of this brilliant work, we have hired five new Young Researchers to work with us in 2022 on what Creative Careers looks like moving forward. We're committed to providing the facilities and opportunities to enable an upcoming generation to truly flourish. If we're to be a place for everyone, then everyone must have a place. We're delighted to be working with the Young Researchers to uphold this ambition.

Creative Careers is open to all Young Barbican members and students at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

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Creative Careers Online

Session 1: How've You Really Been?

With Stephanie McLaren-Neckles, Swarzy Macaly, Hayel Watenburg and DJ Amadness

With our doors temporarily closed, we're bringing Creative Careers online, to help keep you feeling creative and engaged. In this first session, we explore how creatives have been adapting to challenges faced due to Covid-19, shout about fellow creatives whose work has impressed them recently, and look forward to what the future might hold. 

Featuring Stephanie McLaren-Neckles, director of community engagement agency, twenty%extra and co-founder of Let’s Be Brief; presenter Swarzy Macaly; Hayel Watenburg, co-founder of Word on the Curb, and musician, DJ Amadness.


Session 2: Being Real Online

Curated by Karimah Hassan and James Kite

We invited two artists from the Young Barbican network, Karimah Hassan and James Kite, to curate and facilitate a project with fellow Young Barbican collaborators, selected by them. They explored the theme of ‘being real online’, with each artist creating an artistic response to one of six topics, sharing their process and learnings along the way. 

Through creating remotely and online, the importance of kindness and care in collaboration is clear to see; something for us all to take forward into the future.


Session 3: Proper Leaders

In our third Creative Careers project, Proper Leaders, we’ve once again collaborated with some powerful voices from across the cultural landscape, this time asking three game-changing young leaders - Shannie Mears, Keturah Cummings and Ellie Pennick - to share some reflections on their pasts, their presents and their futures.


Session 4: 2021 Energy

For this Creative Careers session, we wanted to do things a little differently and make space on our platform to amplify the voices of Justice for Black Lives, an organisation we think are making a difference in the fight against racism and inequality. We hope that, through sharing the perspectives of some of the members of Justice for Black Lives, we are able to spark genuine debate and reflection amongst young people who wish to develop a career in the creative industry.


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