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Young Archivists

Your archives and heritage sector needs you!

Are you aged 18-30 and have an interest in archives and heritage?

Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage is delivering a course over five days that provides an opportunity to learn from archives and heritage industry specialists, as a part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund project, Unearthed: Forgotten Histories. The course is aimed at young people with African and African Caribbean, Asian and Latinx heritage based in the UK, who are currently under-represented in the heritage sector.

The course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of working with archives, which enhances opportunities for future careers and qualifications. focuses on the development of key skills associated with archives and the future of the sector. After the success of the Young Archivists programme in 2022 and 2023, participants pursued careers in libraries, began further education qualifications and obtained employment as a result of the course.

What the course includes:

  • The course is free to attend.
  • Training sessions will be hosted at Serendipity in Leicester.
  • There will also be an overnight stay in London with the opportunity to visit and hear from speakers at the Stuart Hall Library, Tate Britain and the Museum of London Docklands.
  • Sessions cover topics on digital archives, oral history, copyright essentials, leadership, marketing, technology and audiences.
  • There will be an opportunity to explore how heritage organisations are representing African and African Caribbean cultures and how these cultures shape British identities.


  • Applicants must be available for the duration of the course, Monday 14 October – Friday 18 October 2024.
  • Applicants must have an enthusiasm and interest in archives and the heritage sector.
  • Applicants must be between 18-30 years old at the point of applying.
  • Applicants are actively welcomed to apply who have a disability, and are from under-represented groups in the heritage sector, including applicants w African and African Caribbean, Asian or Latinx heritage.

Digital Black Dance Ecologies - Artists Seed Commission

Seed Commission # 2

In collaboration with Serendipity, Unwired Studio, and Clémence Debaig

Digital Black Dance Ecologies in collaboration with Serendipity, Unwired Studio, and Clémence Debaig  are commissioning a digital dance piece that explores the relationship between traditional and embodied technologies and digital technologies.

Themes of the commission could include but are not limited to:

  • Spiritual Realms
  • Journeying
  • Time Travel
  • Ancient and future dance forms and practice
  • Myths
  • Folk music

This commissioned piece might use digital technologies in part in collaboration with live performance elements or in whole. The final commissioned piece will be exhibited during the Digital Black Dance Ecologies Arts Evening at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in March 2025 and across Serendipity’s platforms

The successful artist will be invited to an in-person 3-day intensive playground with mentor Clémence Debaig and three digital technologists to workshop their creative vision. This playground will be a chance to begin exploring your concept, and a chance to match with a creative technologist to move forward with. The artist will then be offered up to five additional days with their chosen creative technologist, a project budget of £1000, and a fee of £1000 on completion of the commission.

Who Should Apply 
We invite UK-based Black dance artists with experience leading their own projects to apply for this commission and take their artistic practice in a new direction. We seek an innovative and interesting concept that resonates with the themes outlined in the call.

The successful artist must be available all day on the 4th July 2024 – 6th July 2024 for the in-person 3-day intensive playground.

The successful candidate will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation for the duration of the commission.

Key Dates

  • Applications open: Friday 31 May 2024
  • Applications Close: Monday 24 June 2024 (12:00 GMT)
  • Application Results: Friday 28 June 2024 (17:00 GMT)
  • 3-day Intensive Playground (in-person): Thursday 4, Friday 5, and Saturday 6 July 2024. (10:00-18:00 GMT)
  • Commission completed by: 31 October 2024.
  • Serendipity Digital BlackCentric Week: November 2024
  • Digital Black Dance Ecologies Arts Evening: March 2025

How to Apply
Please fill in the form here as accurately as possible by Friday 28 of June 2024 at 17:00 GMT to apply for this commission. This form will include a written/recorded proposal and requires a google sign in.

  • A description of the creative project
  • The digital technology you imagine working with and any references to work you find helpful to describe this.
  • How the project speaks to the theme
  • How the project speaks more widely to the Digital Black Dance Ecologies Project.

Also required:

  • A proposed project budget of £1000
  • A CV
  • Examples of past work

Candidates will be notified of their outcome on 28 June 2024.

For enquiries please email

Deadline: Monday 24 June 2024 (12:00 GMT)

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