Turner Contemporary is working with eight local young people (Emerging Producers) to provide training and work experience in producing roles within the creative sector. The Emerging Producers are part of the O Dreamland project, generously supported by Freelands Foundation as Principal Supporter, leading to an exhibition at Turner Contemporary in 2023. The group have been selected as part of Creative Estuary’s Re:Generation 2031 programme, providing employment and skills development to 18 –25 year olds across the Estuary.
Over the course of two years, the group of Emerging Producers are working alongside Turner Prize winning artist Mark Leckey, Turner Contemporary staff and industry professionals to help research, develop and deliver an exhibition. This includes realising significant new commissions and a public programme of live performance, such as Salamagundy ‘22 Variety Show, a Creative Estuary Co-Commission which took place at Dreamland Roller Room in December 2022.
The project provides valuable paid experience for those with an interest of working within the creative industries, recognising that Thanet’s Youth Unemployment is the highest in the Southeast of England.
Speaking of her involvement in the project, Emerging Producer, Miroslava Karaskova says: “Turner Contemporary has created a very accommodating and supportive environment for me to learn on the job and to take initiative. Working at the gallery for a year has opened my horizons and introduced new ways to get involved with the artistic community. I can already see the growth in my confidence and readiness for a future career in the creative industries.”