Professional Training Opportunity for Artists in Schools

Sampad South Asian Arts and Heritage has been a leader in supporting and developing South Asian practice in the UK over the past three decades, delivering high quality and well informed development programmes that have raised the profile, quality and diversity within South Asian creative practice. Over this time, Sampad has run regular programmes of work for children and young people in formal and informal settings.  Earlier this year, we launched our Sampad Associate Schools programme with thanks to funding from The Foyle Foundation.  As we expand our work with children and young people through this programme, there is a continuing need to support professional development of artists to ensure that creatives from different styles and experience of South Asian Arts can engage in a range of different settings across other sectors to meet the changing needs of our society.

We are now launching a call out for a continuing professional development opportunity for existing and new Sampad artists practising South Asian art forms. Thanks to funding from The John Feeney Charitable Trust, we are offering eight artists the opportunity to take part in a two day training programme to develop and reflect on a range of skills and strategies needed to work in schools and informal settings for children and young people. 

Artists In Schools Continuing Professional Development – 2 Day Training

Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th January 2024

The 2 day course will run from 9.30am– 4.30pm at Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham and is open to artists of all disciplines practising South Asian art forms. 

The training will:-

  • Increase knowledge and understanding of working in formal and informal education settings
  • Develop practical skills in delivering South Asian focused workshops and activities in education settings
  • Explore facilitation, safeguarding and social media in applied arts environments

Day 1 – Working in Schools; Understanding your environment & Safeguarding

Monday 8th January 2024

  • Introduction to working in schools – Opportunities and Challenges
  • Safeguarding
  • Self Care

Day 2 – Facilitation Skills, Social Media and Evaluation.

  • Facilitation Skills: Practical Workshop including working with challenging behaviours
  • Social Media Good Practice
  • GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)
  • Evaluation – what data to collect & why

Workshops will be led by members of the Sampad team – Gillian Twaite, Learning Manager & Harriet McGuire Smith, Marketing Manager together with Rochi Rampal, freelance artist.

Criteria: To be eligible to be considered you must be:

  • A West Midlands based creative who performs or practices South Asian Arts – this opportunity is open to anyone from ages 18 – 100
  • Be interested in developing your practice to deliver participatory South Asian Arts activity as part of the Sampad Associate Schools programme in formal and informal settings with children and young people.
  • Complete the application process (see below)

Funded Places

To enable creatives to take part in this intensive there will be a fee of £120 per day (ITC daily rate) to include all costs.  There are a maximum of 8 places and a short evaluation will be required at the end of the 2 days.


Please submit your responses to the following 4 questions – maximum of 2 pages of A4 or a short video application of up to 5 minutes. Please also send CV (max 2 pages) with details of one person who knows your work well. 


  1. Tell us about your creative practice and training including any work and or training in schools? What is your connection to South Asian Arts?
  2. Why do you want to take part in the Artists in Schools 2 day training course?
  3. How do you see this training supporting your future practice and ambitions?
  4. Anything further you want us to know?

Deadline is Wednesday 13th December 2023

Please send submissions to

Any questions about this call out should also be addressed to

Applicants will be informed if they have been successful by 21st December 2023 at the latest

  • Apply via application letter ensuring you address all four questions above
  • Video – maximum duration 5 minutes

By South Asian Artist/Creatives we mean those that are practicing South Asian Arts to a professional level. 

Supported by The Cole Trust