Mentorship scheme to take place across northern England and Scotland in art, music and food


A railway company is launching a scheme to support talented individuals in the north of England and Scotland.

Applications are open for the Where Next Project, funded by TransPennine Express, which gives six young people the opportunity of a four month mentorship in art, music and food.

Artists will have Julia Bickerstaff, a Leeds-based neon, glass and light artist who's worked with the likes of Burberry and Adidas, to lean on, while those hoping to break through in the music field will receive advice from BBC Radio 6´s Shaun Keaveney. For the aspiring chefs, Edinburgh's Tony Singh, who runs a host of award-winning restaurants, will be mentoring.

A shortlist of 12 will be struck down to six successful applicants, chosen on the basis of talent and ability to "contribute to the cultural vibrancy and economic growth of the region TPE serves."

The final "future stars" will be crowned with a showcase in September, while support will also be provided to help the finalists make the next step once the scheme is over.

Applications for the food, music and art categories are open until June 9.