Welcome to the Where Next Project

On this journey together

We know that the North and Scotland are jam-packed full of talent. So we’ve created the Where Next Project to find the next big things in art, broadcasting and food/drink.

We call these individuals our Future Stars, and have teamed them up with an influential mentor to help them on their way to greatness. 

Over the next few months, we’ll be putting their talents out there for the world to see at our Where Next Project Showcase. Stay tuned for more information about the Showcase event and how you can get involved.

In the meantime, you can follow the journeys of our Future Stars on the Where Next Project blog. 

  • What does this mean for me?

    These people are going to make our part of the world proud. They’re on the brink of something big and we want to help them on their way. To do this, we’re offering them:

    -  Mentoring by a legend in their field

    -  The chance to pick the brains of our business experts

    -  A platform to show the North and Scotland what they can do

    -  The opportunity to headline our Where Next Project Showcase – a festival with a difference

    It’s the start of an epic journey. You can follow the journeys of all our Future Stars and their mentors here on the Where Next Project website. Look out for the announcement of the winners in just a few weeks. 

  • Our mentors

    If you’re chosen to be one of our Future Stars, you’ll be working with a superstar in your chosen field. Here’s a bit more about them:


    Shaun Keaveny - Music

    Shaun is a broadcaster and a BBC 6Music Breakfast Show Presenter. What he doesn’t know about music and broadcasting isn’t worth knowing. Born and bred in Leigh, Shaun’s a Northern boy done good.

    Find out more about Shaun and his tips for success here.


    Julia Bickerstaff - Art

    Julia is a neon, glass and light artist. She was born and still lives in Garforth, Leeds. Having worked with Burberry, Adidas and Fender guitars, Julia is a master at mixing artistic craft with commercial success.

    Read more about Julia and what she thinks about the Where Next Project here.


    Tony Singh – Food and drink

    Leith-born chef Tony is a leading personality in the Scottish restaurant industry. His award-winning restaurants combine the best of Scottish cooking with influences from all around the world.

    Find out more about Tony and his insider’s scoop on the Where Next Project here.


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