The Catalyst

Talent Accelerator worked with The Catalyst on it’s a participatory arts programme commissioned by East Sussex County Council, for young people with the aim of improving wellbeing, loneliness and isolation, skills, and employability.
This programme gives young people the opportunity to participate in work with artists, photographers, film makers, and sound designers. Talent Accelerator worked alongside to support young people to engage in activity, signpost further opportunities and plot career pathways. The programme is free and open to anyone aged 12 to 24 living in East Sussex.

Flatlands Futures: Young People’s Studio Programmes

Flatland Futures and Talent Accelerator developed a 6 months communal studio residency for artists aged 18-25 years old from or living in East Sussex. This opportunity is designed to run alongside the Flatland Projects our Autumn / Winter programmes from September 2023 – February 2024 culminating in a group exhibition in February 2024.
This 6 month studio residency will give access to a free communal studio at Beeching Road Studios each day 10:00 – 19:00 with key engagement days happening on Fridays and Sundays with the Flatland Projects and DLWP teams in Bexhill on Sea. This programme is focused on creating an access point into the artistic ecology of Bexhill and wider East Sussex for young artists at the beginning stage of their creative lives. This residency will also run at the same time as the 2023 Turner Prize in Eastbourne at the Towner Gallery which will be a key resource for this programme to question what contemporary art is, and who it is for!

Flatlands Futures: Gallery Tech training

Flatland Projects’ and Talent Accelerator ran an Introduction to Being an Art Technician course in August 2023. This was an opportunity for 6 x 18-25 year olds from or living in East Sussex to learn the ins-and-outs of working in an art gallery. Participants gained an insight into building walls and plinths, preparing for exhibitions, and hanging / installing art works.

This course, was led by two experienced technicians working locally and in London, giving an insight into the types of work that goes on in an art gallery behind the scenes.

The course spanned four days during which time participants installed a small exhibition at Flatland Projects. They built a studio display wall, fabricated small plinths for sculptures, painted the space and hanging the artworks using a variety of fixtures and fittings.

This experience was added to with work experience placements with the install team at the Towner, Eastbourne, on the Turner prize exhibition.

Eastbourne Alive 100 work placements

Talent Accelerator is excited to be working with Eastbourne ALIVE; to create 100 work placements and volunteer opportunities for young people 16-25 across all of the activities. This is an important opportunity to bring together all the partners and focus on supporting young people into the creative industries. You can check out the range of placements here

Devonshire Collective Associate Artists

Talent Accelerator has been supporting Devonshire Collective with it’s Associate Artists Programme, supporting three East Sussex based artists under 25 to be involved. The programme has been designed to provide artists with the support, boundaries and resources for effective and mutually beneficial work with communities.
Running from April 2023–April 2024, the six selected artists will receive 1-to-1 support from Dana Brass, peer learning opportunities through group supervision, bi-monthly masterclasses by leading local practitioners, and receive support to design and deliver two paid workshops with communities in Eastbourne.
Find out more here   

Black Shed Gallery presents Liz Wilson (Eastbourne Alive)

This programme ran from September until December 2023 (Exhibitions were open to the public Saturday 25 November until 10 December 2023)
Talent Accelerator was delighted to work with The Blackshed Gallery as part of Eastbourne Alive to create a project where two early career artists, Connie Ashford and Tilly May O’Shea, worked alongside artist Liz Wilson on the development and exhibition of Of Confluence as well as creating their own exhibition The Glassbox of work developed with art students at Robertsbridge Community College. Alongside the project Connie and Tilly has mentoring from Ben Urban from Flatland Projects.


This programme is now underway

DLWP sought young people, aged 18 to 25 from coastal East Sussex who wanted to develop their careers as music promoters.

The organization offered a paid one-year programme to discover and empower eight emerging music promoters to develop their careers within the vibrant live music scene of coastal East Sussex, from Eastbourne to Rye.”

Eight young participants have been selected and will receive micro-grants to promote and deliver a series of gigs at local venues, supported by talks, masterclasses and mentoring from music industry professionals and DLWP’s Talent Accelerator programme.

Find out more here.


The ERIC app is an shining example of a platform that brings resources and opportunities together for young people. The app filters live opportunities, projects, vacancies, schemes and programmes tailored to the needs of the young person.  A hyper bespoke tool where relevant content comes directly to you is tailor made for young people, a huge success, super engaging, and something we have been championing at Talent Accelerator.