Writer Bridget Minamore, whose interests cover "hip-hop, climate change, feminism and football", has been chosen by the Hospital Club's new charitable foundation as part of its Emerging Creatives programme.
The private members' club for the creative professions has marked its 10th anniversary with the launch of the h.Club Foundation, which will invest in the creative industries and the local community.
The Emerging Creatives Programme will nurture and support four individuals identified as emerging creative talents, with Minamore selected in the Publishing & Writing field.
Minamore teaches poetry workshops around the country and has worked with the National Theatre's "New Views: New Writers" programme, as well as with the Royal Opera House, the Southbank Centre and the Roundhouse. She is lead facilitator for the Lewisham Council funded project, LiP (Lewisham in Poetry), and was shortlisted to be London's first Young Poet Laureate last year.
Also being recognised by the Emerging Creatives Programme are freelance theatre director Blythe Stewart, director and cinematographer Sam Goldwater, and product designer Rachel Harding.
The programme will offer them one year’s membership to the Hospital Club, a grant of up to £2,000 to develop a project, coaching and mentoring, and opportunities to network with the Club’s community of creative professionals and to showcase work via the Club’s online and off-line platforms.
Club c.e.o. Sue Walter said: “The ethos of the Club has always been clear: to support the creative industries and to nurture emerging talent, so it is especially significant to be announcing this new charitable initiative investing in young talent as we look forward to the next 10 years. We are proud that the h.Club Foundation will be playing a part in enabling the next generation of creative innovators to make their mark in their respective fields, leading the way with vision, passion and inspiration”.
The h.Club Foundation has been awarded some seed funding from both the Paul G Allen Family Foundation and The Hospital Club to get it off the ground. It will also be supported by various member initiatives throughout the year including pro bono services for the Emerging Creatives programme and a series of themed Master Classes.
In its first year, the Foundation will also support the pilot programme Supporting Local Youth, which will reach out to underprivileged local youth, providing them with opportunities to access the creative arts/industries. Every year the h.Club Foundation Board Trustees will select up to six charities that meet the Foundation’s overarching aims and objectives who will receive pro-bono access to the Club’s facilities. In the first year, these charities are: The Royal Shakespeare Company, Art Fund, Old Vic: New Voices, D&AD and Protégé.