Photo Credit: Pablo Conejo

Watch a video on Spotlight here

Phakama believe in the need for alternative, practical training opportunities for young people seeking careers in the arts. Spotlight was borne out of our desire to equip the next generation of artists and producers with the practical and social skills needed to access the industry with knowledge, confidence and experience.

With support from CCSkills Creative Employment Programme, Phakama have turned the Spotlight model into the paid Creative Producer Internship.

In 2014 Phakama offered 15 young people who are not in employment, education or training and who have been claming benefits, the opportunity to take part in the Spotlight Programme – a combination of extensive training in the behind the scenes of the arts and professional work placements in one of our partner organisations.

Our consortium of partners in 2014 that each hosted one intern included: Rich Mix, Graeae Theatre Company, Magic Me, Iniva, Theatre Centre, Morley College, Newham Archives, Hawthorn Green Care Home, Oval House, East London Dance, Apples and Snakes, Emergency Exit Arts and Campaign for Drawing.

The 2014 programme was a Gold Arts Award accredited course that allowed the interns to produce and maintain their own blogs- documenting and reflecting upon their experiences. The programme culminated in July 14 with a public three day festival- created and produced by the interns.

Spotlight was a project funded by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, CCSkills