New Creatives is an exciting talent development scheme from BBC Arts and Arts Council England. It offers commissioning opportunities for emerging artists aged 16-30 to create new work in film, audio or interactive media, designed for BBC platforms. SWCTN supported the South West strand of New Creatives Interactive in Summer 2020, working with a group of young artists alongside Calling the Shots (the project lead) and Kaleider (a project partner).
The call was open to any new creatives in the south west, aged between 16-30, who had something to say via the medium of interactive art. We looked for enthusiastic, curious, and driven individuals that had an idea that they wished to develop through the collaborative process of the project.
12 applicants were chosen to participate in a 3-day development process to collaborate with their fellow Interactive New Creatives cohort. 2 projects – ‘Before We Disappear’ by Asmaa Jama, and ‘Hairy Hands FM’ by Hannah Parsons and Joe Strickland – were successfully commissioned, and received professional mentoring and a budget of up to £5,000 to make the project happen.We are excited to be showing Asmaa, Hannah, and Joe’s work at the Data Showcase in Spring 2021.