A RECRUITMENT drive is now on to find the creative talent of tomorrow in Liverpool to take part in a six-month development programme. The Emerging Artists Programme 2016, delivered by Hope Street Limited, is renowned within the industry as the perfect introduction for people to develop and grow their skills and experience across a number of creative platforms. The EAP2016 programme starts in June and runs for six months. The programme is subsidised, enabling it to be free of charge to participants. Hope Street Limited is dedicated to the development of artists, art-forms and arts in the community. Hope Street Limited is a registered charity and has been supporting emerging artists in Liverpool for 27 years. It is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England, and is funded by Liverpool City Council through the Culture Liverpool Investment Programme. Individuals with the following skills are invited to apply – actors, directors, musical directors/composers, designers/makers, producers, movement directors, productions managers and stage managers. The full-time intensive programme gives participants the opportunity to create their own work alongside professional artists of international calibre and network and meet key personnel in other major creative organisations in Liverpool. Key projects for EAP2016 include The Many Faces Of Francis Bacon – a masked invasion of Tate Liverpool’s hidden spaces; The Last Utopian – an immersive theatrical game in Liverpool city centre set in a dystopian sci-fi world and Trapped – a devised pay at the Everyman Studio inspired by the best-seller, The Fakir Who Got Trapped In An Ikea Wardrobe. In addition to creating spectacular performances, all EAP emerging artists participate in Business Matters, a programme to provide candidates with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for working in the arts and cultural industries. Business Matters will focus on vital skills including producing a career-orientated biography and CV, building a portfolio of work and attending seminars from key organisations to build their career knowledge including Arts Council England, Culture Liverpool and Equity. The EAP programme has a proven track record with previous candidates going on to gain employment with various organisations including Lantern Company, 20 Stories High, Everyman Theatre, European City of Sport 2016, The Challenge, Brouhaha and National Museums Liverpool. Peter Ward, Director of Hope Street Limited, commented: “The Emerging Artists Programme provides a real insight into the many different career paths of the creative industries and the opportunities available. It is a great platform to kick-start your professional career in the arts, and 90% of participants who have successively completed the EAP course have secured paid work in their chosen field. “We are very excited about the projects we have lined up for this year’s EAP candidates. It is ‘the’ place in Liverpool for developing emerging talent and realising the ambitions of others. It’s going to be a lively, colourful and unforgettable six months – come and join us.” The deadline for applications is 12pm on Wednesday 6 April 2016. Interviews and auditions will take place in the week commencing 18 April. Candidates must be aged 18 or over. There is no upper age limit. Full details are available at www.hope-street.org where prospective candidates can also apply online.