Catalyser 2024

Catalyser, Clod Ensemble’s free skills and professional development programme for young creative practitioners, returns in early 2024.

In the intensive course taking place 2nd-12th April 2024 you will gain skills in developing, presenting and archiving your work.

Catalyser welcomes people from all backgrounds and artistic disciplines.

We are particularly interested in hearing from young creative practitioners who have faced barriers to a career in the arts. A limited number of bursaries (£200 per week to cover travel expenses and lost income) will be available for successful applicants on request.

You need to attend one of the January taster workshops in order to be eligible for the full course in April.

04/01/2024, 18:00-19:30 – Shoreditch Town Hall EC1V 9LT

08/01/2024, 18:00-19:30 – Clod Ensemble Studios SE10 0BQ

11/01/2024, 10:00-11:30 – Clod Ensemble Studios SE10 0BQ

Catalyser 2024 is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.



The first Catalyser took place over 25 days in Autumn 2022, when Clod Ensemble invited twenty young artists to their studios in North Greenwich. Co-designed with local young people, Catalyser 2022 aimed to address identified gaps in available support and barriers being faced by those who wish to enter or progress in creative careers.

Participants in Catalyser 2022 were given six months of continued mentoring and support, encouraging a new generation to make genre-defying work rooted in respectful collaboration. Through Catalyser 2022, Clod Ensemble shared our expertise in interdisciplinary practice with young artists interested in dance, music, theatre and visual arts. Free to attend, participants were also given a bursary to participate so that they may have time to develop their creative skills, create new career pathways and be agents of positive social change.

Young artists benefitted from bespoke training and mentoring from Artistic Directors Suzy Willson and Paul Clark, Clod Ensemble’s Associate Artists and guest facilitators. Creative workshops included movement, theatre, sound design, visual arts, and architecture. Participants gained access to industry networks, peer-to-peer learning and support, Clod Ensemble’s wider programme of professional development and the free use of our studios in order to develop their own work. Alongside creative skills development, Catalyser 2022 provided practical workshops on fundraising, networking, self-producing, and how to engage communities local to project delivery.



Participant feedback on the project included the following statements:

“Catalyser was an outstanding experience, truly cherished moments of connection and exploration. I loved how much I got to explore and expand on my ways of thinking artistically and creatively. There was a lot of space to be myself which was warm and welcoming.”

“My Catalyser experience has felt like a bridge, helping me to bridge the infamous graduated to ‘career’ gap.”

Catalyser is part of Clod Ensemble’s growing programme of talent and workforce development. As of June 2023, a full social value impact report on the Catalyser programme is being prepared.

Catalyser 2022 has been generously supported by D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Garrick Trust, Portal Trust, Knight Dragon & L&Q.

Catalyser is a creative learning programme for people aged 18-25 years which takes place at Clod Ensemble Studios in North Greenwich.  The programme was piloted in 2022 and continues to evolve in response to ongoing learning with potential participants and programme alumni.


Image credits: lead image Hugo Glendinning; body text images both Vipul Sangoi