Progress comprised ten creative projects, developed to mark the 10th anniversary of East Potential. Over a six-month period, young people, artists and staff worked together to create visual arts work, fashion collections, and performances incorporating dance, music and theatre, as well as documentary films. Their work culminated in two nights of anniversary celebrations in November 2006, at Stratford Circus, and the EastWinter Gardens at Canary Wharf.
The programme sought to support young people to create and present high-quality work, raising self-esteem and aspirations. Over this six-mouth period, 168 young people took part in creative projects and related activities with 32 arts professionals. As part of this process, young people visited a broad range of cultural venues including theatres, arts centres, museums and galleries, film facilities, fashion houses and art schools. Young people undertook apprenticeships, roles in campaign work and the Arts Steering Group, as well as their creative input into the projects themselves.
As a result of these projects, a number of new opportunities emerged, including an annual work-placement programme for young film-makers and new collaborations with partners including East London Dance, the Royal Opera House, INIVA and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Young people went onto paid work, work experience, FE and HE courses, and industry media training.