Creative Development

MIF offers local artists, students, school groups and members of the public a fantastic range of talent development opportunities all year round, from six-month paid traineeships to one-off events open to anyone and everyone.

Our current opportunities include Factory Futures, our new 12-day training programme for young people taking place in October and November. If you’re aged 19-24, want to get started in the creative sector, out of work and on Universal Credit, we want to hear from you. Find out more and apply here.

The Factory
As we head towards The Factory we’re committed to supporting the next generation of technicians, producers and arts professionals – offering internships, apprenticeships and other professional development opportunities that will help people of all backgrounds to forge careers in the creative industries. Read about our latest five Factory Academy Apprentices here, who are employed in cultural organisations across Manchester as Creative Venue Technicians. Apply to be part of The Factory Academy here.

Artist and Freelance Creatives Drop-in
Our regular Artist and Freelance Creatives Drop-ins on Zoom have brought creatives together during lockdown, featuring appearances from our Artistic Director John McGrath and Creative Director Mark Ball—as well as local and international artists. Check it out here and find out about our next session.

Artist development programmes
We give emerging artists from Greater Manchester the opportunity to watch leading international artists make new work at close quarters, helping them to develop their knowledge and understanding of how to work across artistic disciplines, at scale and with international creative teams. During MIF19 we worked with six Jerwood Creative Fellows and a cohort of twenty artists through our Creative Lab programme. 

MIF Traineeships and Internships
This annual programme offers college students and unemployed individuals opportunities to take paid work with MIF. Seven trainees joined our team last year for MIF19 – you can read more here. We also regularly invite students studying towards an undergraduate or postgraduate degree to take paid work with MIF in areas such as Producing, Development, Creative Engagement and Marketing. We’re currently developing a new version of the programme and hope to open applications for internships in 2020.

Professional development
We regularly host professional development placements and visits from local, national and international partners and schemes. Just in the first two months of 2019, we hosted people from the UK, Denmark, and Hong Kong, as well as delivering a new producer training programme in Moscow.

Higher education projects
We work with a network of academic sponsors to create inspiring bespoke opportunities for students to gain industry experience: working with artists on new software, designing and developing Festival Square, and learning new skills from Festival technicians, to give just three examples. To find out how to support our work as an academic sponsor, contact

School and college projects
MIF works regularly with schools and colleges on activities to support creative learning. Find out what we got up to for MIF19.

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