Develop

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.

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.

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. We’re currently working with six Jerwood Creative Fellows and applications are now live for our new Creative Lab programme for MIF19 .

MIF Traineeships

This new annual programme offers college students and unemployed individuals opportunities to take paid work with MIF. Seven trainees have joined our team for MIF19 – you can read more here.

MIF Internships

We 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.

Work experience

We’re also developing a new work experience programme that will offer school and college pupils one-week unpaid placements at MIF. We expect to welcome our first work experiencers in October 2019 – for more information or to register an interest, please email creativeengagement@mif.co.uk. Please note, any data you provide to us will be stored in accordance with our privacy policy.

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 christina.georgiou@mif.co.uk

School and college projects

MIF works regularly with schools and colleges on activities to support creative learning – you can check here to see what we’re up to for MIF19.