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Talent 25 is an action research project – we’re trying to understand the barriers to cultural engagement facing families and the type of activities and other interventions needed to overcome these barriers.

We are working with a range of organisations and individuals to help us:

  • Offer quality opportunities to our families
  • Reach the children, families and neighbourhoods of Leicester
  • Work in a joined-up way

Talent 25 is funded jointly by Arts Council England and De Montfort University – the team is based at DMU, in the inspirational Vijay Patel Building.

If you or your organisation would like to get involved as a Talent 25 partner, please contact the team.


© De Montfort University 2021

Talent 25 is part of the wider Public Engagement work of the University – the team works closely with colleagues from all departments and faculties; our Programme Board meets every month at DMU.

We support arts, museums and libraries through funding, as well as providing other services to support their development. From 2018-22 we’ll invest around £580 million per year in organisations and artists, in addition to helping them develop the talent, production and distribution of their work. We provide expert advice, promote partnerships, encourage new ways of working and support emerging and established talent.

Leicester Arts, Museum, Events & Festivals teams, as well as colleagues in Neighbourhood Services and Children’s Services are supporting Talent 25. We have held events in libraries, museums, community centres and Children, Young People & Family Centres (Sure Start) across Leicester.

We work with partners within University Hospitals Trust (UHL) and the Leicestershire Partnership Trust (LPT) to help us reach families with young babies and ensure that our research ethics are of the highest level.

TMC is a charity with a mission for every child and young person to have access to great arts, culture and education.

The Spark gives children opportunities to immerse themselves in the arts by experiencing a wide range of high-quality work that inspires, empowers and educates.

Mammas give one-to-one, caring, effective help to any mother in Highfields and the local community who wants to breastfeed her baby. They work alongside midwives, health visitors and Sure Start and support mums on the phone, through home visits, and at their groups.