Creative Sector Workshop I: Talent Development and Retention

In association with Kaizen Arts CIC, York Creatives, York Design Week, Guild of Media Arts, York Music Venue Network, York Culture Forum.
Monday 17th October 2022, 10:00am - 12:00pm 29-31 Coney Street
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We invite you to hear from York's leading Creative Sector workers in the first of three workshops convened by the StreetLife team to dig deep into the most pressing issues affecting the future of York's creative economy in today's challenging environment. The triple whammy of Covid, spending cuts, and the cost-of-living crisis is undermining our already fragile infrastructure for nurturing creativity, based on a combination of schools and colleges, community groups and projects, small commercial venues and enterprises, not-for-profits, local media, and strategic planning.

Given these pressures, how can we ensure that generations of creative talent find supportive opportunities for developing inspiration, skills, and confidence? Breakouts and plenary discussions will create space throughout the workshop to explore key questions and for collective reflection and forward-thinking: What structures are in place to develop talent in and around York? What was and wasn't there "for us"? What is needed now? Where are the gaps and how do we plug them? How can we make York more attractive as a place for creative workers to build lives and livelihoods? How can we work more effectively together?

This workshop will be led by ten creative freelancers that have been selected to represent the breadth and diversity of the creative sector. 

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

View the full York Design Week 2022 programme here:


Are you a creative freelancer based in York or the nearby areas? StreetLife has made ten bursaries of £75 available by application to enable creative freelancers to attend and lead 'Creative Sector Workshop I: Talent Development and Retention'. To apply as a host do not book via Eventbrite and instead please submit a biographical/career summary by email of no more than 350 words to (deadline: 7 October 2022).

Booking information

Spaces are limited. Please book via Eventbrite.




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