Talent & Artist Development

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Arnaud Mbaki

Opportunities for artists and new talent to work with established creatives

Through our relationships with world-class artists and our network of partnerships and resident organisations, we offer opportunities for the next generation of creatives.

Southbank Centre's Talent & Artist Development programme nurtures and supports future generations of artists and creative industry professionals.

We are proud to work in partnership with a number of organisations to deliver courses in visual arts and curation, literature and poetry, music, and workforce development across the creative industries, including technical production skills. We are also privileged to champion leading youth music and talent development organisations Tomorrow’s Warriors and Kinetika Bloco.

From one-day workshops to longer-form courses, we provide opportunities for emerging talent to work with established artists and industry professionals to hone their knowledge, skills and craft; build peer and professional networks; and develop their careers and employment pathways.

Current opportunities

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David Carter
Southbank Centre Youth Voices

This free opportunity, taking place weekly on Wednesdays in term time, is open to all young people aged 10 – 18, regardless of experience or ability

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Pete Woodhead
Technical Academy

Discover what it takes to be a technical production professional in this three-week intensive experience

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David Carter
Future Exhibition Makers on the Festival of Britain 1951

Are you aged 13 to 18 and curious about exhibition-making and curating? Join our next cohort of Future Exhibition Makers!

Sophie Ransby
Uncovering Careers in the Arts

Are you passionate about visual art, literature or music? Discover the jobs that make the sector tick, then find out how to get them.

Past projects

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Kadi Diallo
Photo-Fantastic: Creative Photography Course

The final works of 15 photographers are presented as a digital exhibition, which celebrates new voices in photography

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Talia Woodin
Southbank Centre Young Activists

As part of our Planet Summer, Young Activists took part in a series of creative workshops in response to climate change

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David Carter
Future Exhibition Makers: History on Display

An archive display shares the lasting impact of the 1983 decision to open our foyers to all

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Emerging Music Professionals

Get started in the music industry with our new collective, a partnership with Big Dada and Ninja Tune

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Lighthouse Films

The Southbank Centre and Apple launch a groundbreaking partnership to support Black creatives in the UK

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Aicha Thomas
New Poets Collective

Learn about our annual scheme supporting emerging poets from diverse backgrounds