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Talent Hub

TIN Arts and Yorkshire Dance have received an award of £390,000 from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence Fund

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About Talent Hub

TIN Arts, a leading inclusive dance organisation based in Durham City, in partnership with Yorkshire Dance, has secured funding to launch The Talent Hub, a professional development programme for dance artists with a learning disability, autism or both.

The partnership was awarded £390,000 from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence Fund in September 2017.

Matched with further funding secured from The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Talent Hub aims to provide a step change for the sector enabling dancers with a learning disability, autism or both to progress professionally into dance companies or emerge as independent dance makers.

Working across the North East of England and Yorkshire, The Talent Hub has recruited ten gifted and talent emerging dance artists. The ten dancers are being given individualised ‘wrap-around’ support alongside intensive periods of training, working with international artists to create new work for touring – profiling and distributing a new critical mass of distinctive, high quality significant work.

Beyond the three year lifetime of the Talent Hub the longer term ambition is that the programme will inspire the dance sector to be more inclusive of dancers with learning disabilities or autism and more likely to recruit, train, support and programme them and their work.

Both TIN Arts and Yorkshire Dance have a proven track record of supporting dancers to develop their practice, nurturing talent and ability, placing the lead partners work at the forefront of inclusive dance practice.

Other partners include the Leeds Dance Partnership, the National Youth Dance Company, Dance City and Kala Sangam as well as other regional organisations from across the North East and Yorkshire.

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