Creativity is not just a young persons game Sir Nicholas Serota says

first_imgSerota is chairman of Arts Council England and former head of the Tate galleriesCredit:PA Serota is chairman of Arts Council England and former head of the Tate galleries “I think there are quite often writers and other artists whose careers somehow become becalmed.“They may set off well out of college, they may even win a prize or get something published, but then getting the second novel published or second exhibition can often take a long time.“So buying someone some time and giving support during that moment when their career in a way is becalmed is a very useful thing to do because it not only gives them financial support but it gives them psychological support too.”Asked whether the lack of age range for the fun was intended as a corrective to an art world focused on youth, Serota said: “I think it’s a recognition definitely.“I would say it is a slight corective. There are lots of ways that young people do get support and get attention, and people in their 30s, 40s and 50s often find it much more difficult to get that attention, particularly if they’re not working in London.“I think this will help that process.“I think it will give a sense to people that it’s not just a young person’s game. We all know there are great writers who started late in life, and great painters.”The “Developing your Creative Practice” fund was created after consultation with artists, who suggested that financial support to “buy time” would be the most valuable thing they could be offered.A spokesman for the Arts Council said: “The programme is unlike any other current Arts Council fund, because it will give practitioners time to work on ambitious and innovative projects, without the immediate pressure of showing their work publicly.”While it will not be open to “everyone who would like to write a book or paint a picture”, the organisation has not ruled out helping first-time novelists if they can explain why an award would make a difference to them at that particular moment.“Inevitably people who have got some sort of a track record or indication of their work having been admired, is bound to have a slight advantage,” Serota said.“To win an award of this kind, when you are not in the public eye, will be an incredible boost to people’s confidence and sense of recognition.”The fund, which will total £3.6m per annum for four years, is open to “creative practitioners” including dancers, choreographers, writers, translators, producers, publishers, editors, musicians, conductors, composers, actors, directors, designers, artists, craft makers, and curators.Applications open in April.“Every creative person needs time to breathe, to broaden their experience and to develop their ideas,” erota said.“Nurturing talent and supporting careers at a critical moment is a small investment that will help sustain our world-class cultural sector for years to come.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Creativity is not just a “young person’s game”, Sir Nicholas Serota has said, as he launches a special fund that could help older people to finally make it in the art world.Serota, chairman of Arts Council England and former head of the Tate galleries,  said it was harder for artists and writers to win support and attention once they left their 20s, and the excitement of their first work stalled.Saying he hoped to provide a “slight corrective” to the art world’s fascination with youth, he argued it is important to “give a sense to people that it’s not just a young person’s game”.The Arts Council has now allocate a new £14.4m fund to “cultivate individual talent”, explicitly underlining it is open to artists of all ages.Over four years, it will offer grants of between £2,000 and £10,000 to writers, artists, actors, musicians and other creatives to buy them the necessary time to work on projects.Unlike other funds, it will not require immediate proof of success or stipulate that it must benefit a wider community, and can be used to give successful applicants breathing space to knuckle down to perfect their book, exhibition or show alone.Serota said: “I think that both artists and performers and probably particularly writers quite often find themselves beginning to become creative in their 30s or 40s rather than in their 20slast_img

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