Who we are
"The arts have a vital role to challenge pre-conceptions and to celebrate human compassion and optimism in countries where the struggle simply to survive makes these qualities all too easy to subvert.
Developing Artists provides transforming and sustainable opportunities for people living in immensely deprived environments and I therefore enthusiastically encourage you to generously support their work."
Sir Derek Jacobi, Developing Artists Patron
WHAT WE DO
Developing Artists is a registered charity working to support the arts in post-conflict nations and deprived communities across the Middle East and Africa.
Our projects connect people and institutions in some of the world's most disadvantaged areas with an international network of arts organisations and practitioners. Developing Artists strengthens underprivileged and marginalised communities by providing constructive outlets for their creative life, and transformative long-term opportunities for self-expression and professional development.
Developing Artists creates and supports collaborative productions, and through these productions identifies talented individuals who would benefit from participation in the charity's Apprenticeship Programme. Many of our productions go on to tour around the world, providing participants with a global platform and raising awareness of the key advocacy issues each of their projects address at an international level.
Over the past ten years Developing Artists has delivered over 25 projects in eight countries, and brought together artists and performing arts organisations throughout the world. The charity fosters a self-sustaining approach to the arts through which individuals acquire the skills to earn an income from their work, and initiate their own projects over the long term. They are empowered to share what they have learned with their local communities, thereby acting as catalysts for wider social change.
RECENT / CURRENT PROJECTS
Developing Artists has run projects and apprenticeship programmes in a number of countries over the past ten years including Jordan, Botswana, The Cape Verde Islands, Kenya, Kosovo, and Zimbabwe.
In 2016 the charity partnered with the Young Vic and Refuge Productions to present the critically acclaimed and sell-out UK tour of QUEENS OF SYRIA following an extensive workshop process in Jordan. 13 Syrian refugee women came to the UK from Jordan to tell their own stories through the narrative of Euripides' The Trojan Women. The women performed the production around the UK. Alongside the production, which was supported by the UNHCR, British Council, UN Women and Oxfam amongst others, we made a new short documentary film about the process.
AND HERE I AM - PALESTINE, UK & INTERNATIONAL TOUR: The charity is currently working with Palestinian refugee and actor Ahmed Tobasi to help him realise his new one man show, AND HERE I AM. Written by award winning British-Iraqi writer Hassan Abdulrazzak, the production toured the UK from June 2017, before touring Palestine and performing in Egypt, Abu Dhabi and Norway. Click here for more information