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If you are passionate about using the arts to make a difference in your community and are interested in developing your skills as a project manager, then Future Fires could be for you.

Future Fires supports young artists to develop socially-engaged projects in their own communities. We deliver our two-day Short Course three-times each year which gives an introduction to developing a community project, and we recruit annually for our six-month long programme.

During the six-month programme, Future Fires receive a bespoke programme of training and mentoring to develop their leadership skills and support them to deliver a project in their own community.

Future Fires has launched the careers of many young arts professionals and supported the establishment of new charities and social enterprises including Reform Radio, EnJoy Arts and Tandem Theatre.

Our 2017 Future Fires projects are:

Jessica-Roisin Nolan: Uniquely Us

Uniquely Us is a theatre-based project that aims to encourage young women on the autistic spectrum to engage with the arts, make friends and build confidence. 

Iqra Choudhry: Brown Girls Do It

Brown Girls Do It is a series of podcasts exploring issues experienced by women of colour. 

Laurie Cannell: Queer Your Mind

Queer Your Mind is a poetry writing project for the LGBT+ community.

Hannah Ross

Hannah’s project aims to bring together people with chronic pain conditions to create a series of videos.

Caitlin Gleeson: Flock Together

Flock Together is an immersive theatre project with young women who have experienced social isolation.

Kyle Walker

Kyle’s project uses drama workshops and film to engage young men in South Manchester to explore how education, poverty and violence can affect people growing up.

Ayesha Gwilt: Ludicity

Ludicity is a clowning project for young mothers and their toddlers.

    ‘I can honestly say that being a part of this programme was the best thing I ever did for my artistic career, it was the catalyst for all the creative work I have done and continue to do.’

    Jessica Loveday, Freelance Artist

    Future Fires is supported by funding from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, UnLtd and The Peter Kershaw Trust.

    Credits & Partners

    • Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
    • Paul Hamlyn Foundation