Page updated: 5th August 2014

Young Arts Entrepeneurs

On Monday 11 August, Leicester’s Curve theatre will be taken over by its highly talented Young Arts Entrepreneurs (YAEs) for a day of completely free innovative and inspiring workshops and performances.

The Showcase Day will include complimentary taster sessions run by Curve’s YAEs in drama, digital performance, speed playwriting and rap. For musician’s there is also a session on audio production – hosted in the theatre’s own recording studio.

There is also the opportunity for local musicians to take part in a unique Hip-Hopera project – which fuses the two worlds of classical music and hip hop together for a one-off performance.

In the Studio, new plays will be shared for the first time written by the YAEs including It’s Not Yellow which explores what it means to be happy and Inner Scream telling the stories of young people in the local community who have realised their potential. Casting rules will also be thrown out of the window as YAE theatre company Rule 63 explores what happens if genders were reversed in Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter.

The Showcase Day sees the culmination of the third and final successful year of Curve’s ground-breaking YAE scheme. Undertaken by 10 young people aged 16-25 each year, the project enables aspiring artists to launch their own social enterprise in Leicestershire and provide opportunities and benefits for their communities.

Tim Ford, Curve’s Associate Director for Participation and Learning, said:

‘Our Showcase Day is an opportunity for young people from Leicester and Leicestershire to get involved and enjoy a day of free arts workshop led by these talented rising stars. There is a phenomenal amount of creative talent in Leicester and the surrounding region and we have once again been privileged to work with a group of gifted and committed young people on the final year of this ground-breaking programme.”

The Young Arts Entrepreneurs’ Showcase Day will take place at Curve on Monday 11 August, 10am – 6pm.

The full programme of workshops and activities is available at


2nd May 2014

Charnwood Arts and Creative Hinckley have announced an exciting new partnership project to celebrate the young artistic talent in our region.

The Leicestershire and Rutland Young Artists Open Exhibition invites entries from any young artist aged between 8 and 19 who lives or works in either of the two counties.

All works will be judged by a panel of experts and prizes awarded in three age categories:
8 to 11 years, 12 to 15 years and 16 to 19 years.

These include a first prizes of £100 in the 8-11 years category; £200 in the 12-15 category and £300 in the 16-19 section. Runner-up prizes in the three categories are, respectively, £50, £100 and £150.

A special graphics prize in the 16-19 years category will be a week’s mentoring within a major regional design company.

As many entries as space allows will be exhibited at the Atkins Gallery in Lower Bond Street, Hinckley between Wednesday 2 July – Friday 1 August 2014.

One piece of unframed artwork can be entered per young person and may be produced in any 2D medium including digitally generated works and photography. Individual entries only.

All work selected for the exhibition will be framed by the Gallery so we therefore require each entrant to strictly adhere to the one of the following sizes: A5 (148 x 210 mm); A4 (210 x 297 mm – the size of a standard sheet of printer paper) or A3 (297 x 420 mm)

Entries can be handed in at collection points in Loughborough, Hinckley, Leicester, Oakham, Market Harborough or Coalville.

Further details of collection days and times, together with full competition regulations can be found online here

or by contacting Charnwood Arts.

The competition is completely free to enter and the closing date for the receipt of entries is Friday June 13th, 2014

For more information contact Rebecca Abrahams on 01509-821035 or by e-mail at