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Creative Careers Taster Day at Isle of Wight

Date Created: 22nd Feb 2024

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Artswork’s Creative Producer Apprentice Leanne reflects on her experience at the Creative Careers Taster Day at the Community Action Isle of Wight Riverside Centre. 

On the 5th February 2024, Artswork invited school students from the Newport area aged 12-15 to participate in exciting talks and workshops led by 9 island-based creative professionals. 

The practitioners began by explaining their background; the steps they had to take in their creative career journey, as well as sharing their top 5 tips on how to pursue a career in the creative industries. Interdisciplinary artist Trudie Wilson inspired students with her artistic processes that were influenced by scientific discoveries and advised the young people to “Look and go for opportunities. You miss 100% of the chances you don’t take. Be ambitious!” 

Other exciting workshops from across the creative industries included script writing with Screenwriter and Actor Joe Bone, Drawing with Author/Illustrator Neal Layton and colour analysis with personal stylist Nicola Dyke.  

During the day, students used mood boards to answer questions about what activities they take part in, what they’d like to try and what would be their ideal dream job. Here are just a few of the careers that they wrote: 


For me personally, it was inspiring to see the way that the students engaged with the variety of workshops, learning more about the creative industries and also challenging the practitioners by asking them whether they thought GCSE’s were vital in developing a creative career. I took on the role of collating the feedback we received from the young people, reading comments like “Today I learnt how small things can become incredible things when we use our imagination” and “That I CAN have a career on the Isle of Wight” left me feeling motivated in my own creative career journey. 

The Creative Careers Taster Day was part of our Young Cultural Changemaker programme on The Isle of Wight – to find out more about this programme on the Isle of Wight, click here.  

This project is supported by public funding from Arts Council England.   



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