The London arts organisation has selected six participants from over 250 applicants to join the programme which invites them to produce new work that will be presented in physical exhibitions and online.
Alongside exhibiting their work, the Young Producers initiative facilitates introductions to collaborators and mentors, with regular group meetings to offer support in all areas pertinent to launching new cultural events.
“The Somerset House Young Producers programme has been developed as part of our Participation and Outreach work to specifically address young people and under-represented groups in the creative sector and London workforce as a whole, which is severely lacking,” says Dhikshana Turakhia Pering, head of engagement and skills at Somerset House.
“The programme offers real – and remunerated – experience in the industry, which will hopefully help to open doors for them in the future within the arts.”
It is hoped six further members will join the current cohort in the coming year, with Young Producers participants staying with Somerset House for a maximum of 24 months. Future intakes are expected to include 12 new recruits annually.
In addition to overarching support from Art Fund, Pinterest has come on board to provide funding for the Young Producers’ first brief. This initial project is inspired by Black history, heritage and culture, with more details to be revealed in December. This will be completed in collaboration with Somerset House Studios residents and design studio Comuzi.