The next generation of creative talent
As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to be felt around the world, there can be no doubt that educational institutions and creative businesses are bearing the full brunt. It is now perhaps more important than ever to support and nurture the next generation of emerging talent and offer them resources and space for both learning and development. As New Blood celebrates its 40th anniversary, COO of D&AD Dara Lynch said, “it is equally important to reflect on what the next 40 years of creativity will look like as our industry undergoes immeasurable change.”
The D&AD Digital Festival format has been designed to highlight the work of emerging creatives, connect those just starting out with industry leaders, and provide a platform of inspiring content. New Blood is partnering with The Dots to create a showcase of over 1,000 portfolios shown virtually whilst also working with the Youth Creative Council to help recent graduates access job opportunities and placements; essential steps in a year when physical graduate shows have been cancelled.
A survey conducted by Creative Access found that 85% of current trainees are either not being kept on post their internship or are unsure if they will be. This compares to almost 90% of trainees pre-COVID-19 moving into a full-time position at the end of their internship. Talk is one thing but what creative graduates need is the means by which to enter into the industry of their choosing.
The digital festival will centre around five daily themes in the form of This>That statements highlighting key topics of discussion and debate in the creative industries today. The statements have been designed to spark conversation between industry leaders sharing their experience and young creatives navigating the ever-changing landscape. This will take of the form of keynote speeches, live sessions and practical workshops.
The themes examine questions like: What is more important, practice or theory? What really makes us stand out, our craft or our passion? And, perhaps most poignantly in the current climate, should the commercial creative industry be innovating and defining culture, or is it our role to reflect and comment on the world around us? This last point will be explored in a talk from Harris Elliott, Creative Director, Curator and Stylist, just one of the many sessions taking place over the five-day virtual festival.
Part of promoting this content will come from a partnership with Squarespace which will see a three-part video series created called By the Book where top creatives will offer advice on how to make your portfolio stand out online. The videos are discipline-specific to provide more in-depth advice around illustration, graphic design and art direction amongst others.