Arts charity IdeasTap is now 150,000 members strong and counting. “IdeasTap continues to have extraordinary momentum,” said IdeasTap Chairman, Peter De Haan. “We are helping more young people than ever to get a start in the arts; we offer practical, focused career development events; a range of fairly-paid opportunities across all art forms; a jobs hub listing more than 1000 arts jobs daily; and extraordinary networking opportunities on our site.”
The winners of fourth annual IdeasTap and Magnum Photographic Award were announced on 22 May 2014. Pictured from left: Souvid Datta (now 23, London) won the award in the 16-22 age category. His project looked at the human cost of pollution in China. Abbie Trayler-Smith (37, London) won the 30+ category with The Big O, a project exploring childhood obesity. Lee Price (25, Manchester) won in the 23-30 age category. Continuing themes in his previous work, Lee travelled to Uganda to document the situation for gay people there.
Four shows have been selected to receive the 2014 IdeasTap Underbelly Award; each will receive funding to take their show to the Edinburgh Fringe, a prime location at Underbelly Cowgate and mentoring from leading theatre practitioners.
IdeasTap will deliver a free national training programme for young people building careers in the creative industries, thanks to a £250,000 Exceptional Award from Arts Council England. Announced tonight by Chair of Arts Council England Sir Peter Bazalgette, (pictured here with Peter De Haan and Sabrina Mahfouz) IdeasTap Inspires will engage some 5,000 talented young people in a comprehensive support programme, including workshops, masterclasses, training events and online resources delivered all across England. Disciplines covered by IdeasTap Inspires will include theatre, photography, writing, and dance.
PDHCT is delighted to support IdeasTap Takeover: Love, a multidisciplinary arts festival at East London’s Rich Mix from 12 – 16 February 2014 featuring original theatre, screening of short films, live performance, scratch events and creative workshops from an impressive selection of new and established artists including Scottee, RashDash and Sabrina Mahfouz. The festival will be opened on 12 February by Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England.
Eight IdeasTap members won the opportunity to join the Young Ensemble of London’s celebrated Lyric Theatre for their popular pantomime run. This year’s show was Jack and the Beanstalk written by Tom Wells.