Engagement & Skills


The Somerset House Engagement and Skills team fosters collaboration between young people and our unique creative community to create pathways into the creative industries. This is through developing talent directly within creative organisations, as well as co-producing original content that explores the world we live in.

We open up our building to allow our young audience to discover new artists, be inspired by our programme and be part of our programme, while offering space and tools for development, access to a professional context and contacts, playing a part in the future of Somerset House and the sector.

This enriching intergenerational, interdisciplinary skills and knowledge exchange invites new audiences, creates new communities and inspires new networks whilst shaping the culture and creatives of tomorrow. We have three clear aims which all feed into a programme for 16 – 30 year olds

1) Nurturing Creativity

Nurture the next generation of creatives, providing them with the skills and networks that Somerset House offers and equipping them for a changing world that doesn’t recognise arts forms in its traditional self.   

2) Relevance

Build the reputation and the profile of the youth offer at Somerset House establishing it as a working arts centre for creatives aged 16 and up.  We aim to push creative boundaries and tackle the important issues of today in the activations we bring to our cultural programme, leading to relevance for under-represented audiences. 

3) Diversity and Inclusion

Support a diverse cohort of young talent to access and feed into the contemporary cultural offer through co-production, co-creation and relationship and partnership building that expand our audience reach. 

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Contact Us  

General enquires - engagement@somersethouse.org.uk  
Young Producers - youngproducers@somersethouse.org.uk  
Upgrade yourself - upgradeyourself@somersethouse.org.uk