Arts Council England & Festivals Edinburgh – 2010 Talent Development Symposium

Arts Council England, in partnership with Festivals Edinburgh, is hosting a Talent Development Symposium to explore how to identify artistic talent and create the ideal environment for the creation of great art. This is an industry gathering taking place over the mornings of August 18th and 19th in Edinburgh with 100 invited artists, producers and funders. The symposium will discuss the issues involved in identifying talent and supporting artists to develop their practice; whether they are at the beginning or a more mature stage of their career. The Arts Council and Festivals Edinburgh would like to encourage the arts community to share their experiences and views, and to explore how their own organisations or artistic communities can contribute to the development of Britain’s artists.

If you are using social media tools to report on the day remember the hashtag is:


A presentation about the Talent Development Symposium 2010 by Roanne Dods. read more


Listen! read more

You can find a montage image of responses here: Collage of responses: read more

Talent Development And ‘The Space Of The Talkaboutable’

by , 19/08/10 1:14pm
An opinion piece from Steve Lawson discussing the semantics of resources in this discussion: It seems that one of the many obstructions to the balanced discussion about resourcing talent development is the semantic gulf between the (perfectly understandable) sense of entitlement that some artists have about their art, and their art-practice and the impartiality that […]
Heiner Goebbels giving his Keynote at TDS10

I’ve just listened to an awesome keynote speech at Talent Development Symposium by Heiner Goebbels, in which he highlighted the creative attrition (my phrase) in the way that the structures around arts facilitation (education, production and funding) work. One example he gave was that of modern orchestral work being commissioned purely to justify the existence […] read more

Responses to a ‘question of funding’ (inspired by #tds10)

by , 18/08/10 12:04pm
In response to a post on this website, and inspired by the conversation today at #tds10 a debate is beginning between artists who are unable to attend this symposium in person. The very first comment from Andy Elliot discusses some issues around getting hold of funding sources, even for projects that seem ideal for the […]

Talent Development Symposium – keynote speaker: Heiner Goebbels.

by , 18/08/10 11:29am
The composer and director Heiner Goebbels belongs to the most important exponents of the contemporary music and theatre scene. His compositions for ensembles and big orchestras published by Ricordi Munich are currently performed worldwide as well as several of his music theatre works and staged concerts, mostly produced by Théâtre Vidy Lausanne and the Ensemble […]

read more

Amplified at the Symposium on Talent Development

by , 18/08/10 9:40am
Amplified are today at the Talent Development Symposium in Edinburgh, looking at development, support and funding in the arts sector. Here’s the official blurb – there’s lots of good stuff in here. Below that are 10 questions relating to the symposium, the answers to which will be critical to the thinking on ways forward for […]

Arts Council England & Escalator East in Edinburgh

by , 16/08/10 5:07pm
The Talent Symposium will be a fantastic opportunity for the UK’s arts leaders to come together and pool their knowledge on how best to nurture artistic talent in the UK. In order to deliver Great art for everyone in the East of England, Arts Council England established a unique talent development programme, Escalator, which is […]

Round Table Discussion at #TDS10

by , 13/08/10 11:13am
Julianne Pierce of Blast Theory will be hosting a round table discussion at the Symposium on Talent Development as part of the Edinburgh Festival in August. The Symposium explores how to generate an ideal environment for artists’ creativity to flourish. The Blast Theory website is here