IdeasTap to close due to lack of funding


Peter De Haan has announced the charity’s closure

Arts charity IdeasTap has announced it is to close in June after failing to secure future funding. IdeasTap’s chairman Peter De Haan said of the news: ‘We’ve worked tirelessly over the last 12 months to confirm future funding for our operations. It is with great sadness and reluctance that we have reached this decision.’

IdeasTap was founded during the financial crisis in 2008, aiming to assist unemployed young people by creating industry opportunities at leading arts organisations as well as providing access to funding, competitions, jobs, training and advice. The charity has accrued over 190,000 members and has awarded more than £2.3m worth of direct funding and accompanying expert mentoring to emerging artists.

Following IdeasTap’s closure on 2 June, the charity will honour ongoing commitments, such as showcasing four companies at the Edinburgh Fringe, until the end of the year; the IdeasTap website will also continue to operate as an archive, featuring a selection of members’ and partners’ projects as well as career guides and advice.


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Leicester Curve launches apprenticeship scheme

Leicester Curve has been awarded £240,000 to launch a three-year apprenticeship scheme. The Paul Hamlyn foundation and Esmee Fairbairn foundation donated money to help The Curve provide apprenticeships for 16-25 year olds living in the Leicestershire area.

Associate director of Leicester Curve,  Adel Al-Salloum said: ‘We are thrilled that our funders have recognised our current success in working in the community and the potential Curve has to develop its work with young and emerging artists. The project is about new ideas and how Curve supports young people to realise their ideas and turn them to enterprise.’

The programme aims to take on 30 young people and provide them with training as art entrepreneurs. They will participate in community projects, involving local schools and the elderly.

Practitioners and a programme manager are yet to be hired for the scheme. Applications for places opened in November, with training set to start in 2012. The apprentices will take their projects into the community in Spring 2012.