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Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries, 2017-19. Image: Outroslide Photography

Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries participants to attend Festival d'Avignon in July

10 May 2018

The third edition of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Programme includes an ambitious, international element in partnership with Festival d’Avignon and the British Council. The 40 participants, all recent graduates from low socio-economic backgrounds, will travel to the Festival in Avignon in the South of France in July this year.  This is part of the training provided by the programme during their year-long placements with arts organisations across the UK.

In partnership with the British Council and the Festival, the programme has curated a 3 day a bespoke training and networking programme designed to offer insights into the workings of an international festival, the chance to see innovative new work, and the opportunity for creative exchange with artists in a European context.

This international perspective is crucial for extending the cohort’s professional development, and giving an international dimension to their experience at the start of their careers in the arts, as artists, leaders and producers of the future. The aim of this event is to help to build a cultural sector in both countries that is more representative of the societies in which we live, contributing to its relevance and resilience in the future.

Creating links with tomorrow’s creative professionals and addressing the socio-economic barriers that skilled graduates entering the arts workplace are facing, are objectives shared by all three partners.

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2017-19 programme is designed and managed by Jerwood Charitable Foundation in partnership with the British Council. It has been made possible through the combined support of Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, CHK Charities Limited and PRS Foundation.