Darren Henley has unveiled the first details of Arts Council England’s 25-year Creative Talent Plan, including a major collaboration with De Montfort University in Leicester.
Last year, the ACE chief executive spoke of his desire for the arts to have a long-term plan that would ensure talent is nurtured and young people from all backgrounds are engaged in culture.
In a new blog, he confirmed that the “transformative” Creative Talent Plan will launch with a pilot programme this autumn. This would be the first in a three-stage process, which would see the plan then developed into a three-year pilot in Leicester, running from 2018-2021, before expanding nationally.
De Montfort University will be the primary partner on the project, but the Arts Council will also collaborate with the cultural, education and business sectors, local authorities and charities to enact a “joined-up approach to the provision of cultural education”.
Henley said the plan will start engaging people from birth and run for the first 25 years of their life, drawing together opportunities and developing clear progression routes and resources in order to “break down barriers and fill gaps”.
“A plan would offer young people the chance to develop their creativity in different ways. Some might pursue a career in the creative industries, or apply their creativity to science and technology. Some might become cultural leaders; others would simply enjoy a more fulfilling life, shared with those around them,” Henley said.
The plan will also inform ACE’s next 10-year strategy, he said, as give the body a “strong strategic focus”.
More details will be announced in the autumn.