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A 25-year action research programme in Leicester, focussing on early years’ children and their families – beginning to understand the interventions needed to increase opportunities and engagement at the earliest possible point.

Read the Executive Summary from our first publication here:

Talent 25 Executive summary report – Nurturing Babies During the COVID-19 Lockdown – Resilience Art and Creativity


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Our formal research question is:

How can we ensure the next generation of creative and culturally engaged citizens?

More specific questions are:

How do children in their early years and their families, from identified areas, engage with arts and culture?

What are the factors that inhibit and facilitate engagement for early years children and their families?

What aspects of a programme of interventions are likely to increase engagement for early years children and their families?

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“We have not yet given creativity the priority that is required to meet our future needs, or indeed give our children the opportunities they deserve.”

The Durham Commission

We  were pleased to hold our first Knowledge Exchange Event on 10th February 2021.

This event, for arts researchers and practitioners, aimed to discuss how we support engagement in art and culture in these difficult times and beyond.

You can watch the event online here:



The Durham Commission has made many detailed recommendations, which you can read here.

Our job at Talent 25 is to explore how we might give pre-school children and their families the best opportunities to get involved with arts and creativity and to measure how the arts and culture might make a difference.

To do this we are:

© De Montfort University 2021