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Young creatives participating in an Artery session

We’ve got some really exciting news…

We are thrilled that Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, sees the potential in The Artery that we see. We have been successful in our application for Innovate UK Creative Catalyst funding. This support will allow us to develop the next phase of The Artery, creating a sustainable community-focused business. The Artery is a simple

Karen Merrifield talking at the SIGN conference

The Future is Northern, but can it be rural too?

We were delighted to be invited to present at the Screen Industries Growth Network (SIGN) conference, the Future is Northern on 22nd March 2023. The conference explored the concept of The Future being Northern, but we wanted to make sure that the voices of young creatives from rural backgrounds were included in the debate too.


The Artery case study – Ruth Garrett, Kittiwake Productions

I can’t quite remember how I came across The Artery. I think I was searching for support in the local area and saw the sessions running in Craven in Jan 2023. Having the zoom session with Karen was really helpful before joining in with any events and made me very confident in the Artery and

young creatives

Learning from young creatives

We are grateful to Screen Industries Growth Network funding which allowed us to offer The Artery Peer Support Programme to work with young creatives who often get overlooked. This may be because they are living and working in rural areas, or they may be first in their family to go on to higher education. We


A boost for young creatives in the screen industries

The Screen Industries Growth Network provided the funding for The Artery to offer two peer support business programmes for creatives starting out on their careers in the screen industries. The funding allowed us to trial two models, one using AR and Animation to support business skills development and the other using Screen Storytelling. The programme in

Karen at work

Creating creative careers

I love my work. As a freelance Heritage Learning Consultant I get to go behind the scenes at all sorts of museums, castles and heritage venues. I have worked from the portcullis at Edinburgh Castle, I’ve witnessed the transformation of Stonehenge from solstice to slick tourist operation and I’ve worked alongside truly inspiring learning teams


What’s stopping young people from pursuing careers in the screen industries?

The British Film Institute’s report on employment opportunities in the Screen Industries, ‘What’s stopping young people from pursuing careers in the screen industries?’ makes for interesting reading. Released in December 2021, it documents the growth of the UK Screen Industries (Film, TV, VFX, Animation & Gaming). It shows thriving, in-demand sectors with large numbers of

Leo delivering a workshop

A first for The Artery

We ran our first The Artery in person event! We promoted the event as The Artery Business Spa Day, a chance to refresh how we feel about our businesses.