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Why we signed up for the 2023 Introduction to the Creative Industries (ICI) course

Headshots of our ICI 2023 participants, plus a poem

We were thrilled to begin our first Introduction to the Creative Industries (ICI) programme at The Workshop last month, made possible by The Norfolk Community Foundation‘s West Norfolk Employment Fund.

The free course is designed to show 16-25-year-olds the wide variety of work and roles that exist within the sector and support them as they take their next steps into training or work.

It’s made up of taught sessions, industry expert talks and one-to-one mentoring sessions that cover everything from freelance life to budgets and project management.

Here, our inaugural class introduce themselves and explain why they signed up.

Lucy has a passion for acting and loves writing poems: “I joined ICI to get a better understanding of the creative industries within the community and what else is out there. I’ve previously done a confidence course with The Workshop and now take drama classes here too. Every time I come here, I learn more and come out of my shell, becoming more confident.”

Alise enjoys experiencing different kinds of media: “I’m currently doing a Level 2 Art and Design course at the College of West Anglia. I’m interested in doing architecture in the future and going to university to study it. I joined the ICI because I was trying to find out more about how others were doing their artwork.”

Horror film fan Jess took the course to broaden her knowledge of the media world: “I would love to learn more about the movie process and what role I would like to take in the future.”

Fellow movie lover Alex also wants to get into the film industry: “I study creative media production at the College of West Anglia. I joined ICI because I was uncertain about the stability of the industry and where exactly I could go to get started.”

Harry has a life-long passion for art in any form: “I’m a lover of illustration with a particular fascination for pen and ink, gaining great influence from artists such as Kerby Rosane. I’m looking to broaden my horizons and develop my digital skills, aiming to one day become a video game concept artist. I joined ICI to help me along my artistic journey and to learn of new opportunities this wonderful area has to offer.”

Alex loves film and graphic design: “I first showed interest in media in high school where I picked film studies as a GCSE option, as a career in film and media seemed like something that I would enjoy at the time. I chose to do the ICI course to help learn about different ways I can find employment in the industry in both King’s Lynn and the UK.

Sophie, our Arts Engagement Worker, is one of the course co-leaders. She took the course herself at our sister venue The Garage in Norwich.

“I’m so excited to get to teach and mentor on ICI knowing how much it helped me develop my career. It’s a hugely valuable course and there’s nothing else quite like it out there.”

Natalie Songer, our Inclusion and Engagement Manager, is the other course co-lead.

She added: “ICI is an inclusive and accessible course for young creatives at the beginning of their professional lives. Young people interested in a career in the creative sector learn about the ways into work and the skills they need to develop to succeed.

“Unique in West Norfolk, the course offers a window into the sector that can be hard to access without existing professional experience or networks. I hope by providing ICI in the coming years, we can encourage the next generation of West Norfolk creatives to take the next step in their careers and both open up and turbocharge the artistic scene in the area.”

This year’s programme was oversubscribed but we hope to expand it to support more learners next year. If you would like to know more about the programme or how you can help it continue email info@theworkshop.org.uk

To find out more about all of work the The Garage Trust, who operate The Workshop, does with people across Norfolk, view or download a copy of our Creative Co-Designing With Our Communities report.

Booking is now open for our spring term of classes. Our friendly front-of-house team are happy to answer any questions. Give them a call on 01553 277919, email info@theworkshop.org.uk or pop into our space in New Conduit Street, King’s Lynn.

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