The programme has raised the profile of the debate around diversity, with press coverage in Arts Professional, Arts Industry Magazine (AI) and The Stage and has directly resulted in job creation, with 60% of placements being extended and 32 % of roles being made permanent, or leading to longer term employment relationships, across both editions. The initiative was included as a case study in DCMS’ Culture White Paper and referred to as exemplary in Arts Council England’s commissioned report Analysis of Theatre in England.
Alumni of the programme have gone on to secure significant senior roles: Executive Director of Chisenhale Dance Space in Tower Hamlets, London; Artistic Director of Birmingham’s Fierce Festival; Assistant Curator at the Hepworth, Wakefield; Curator at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester; Producer with the English Touring Theatre and Classical Music Programme Manager for the British Council.
Guardian Online Education: Issue of class in education
Museums & Heritage February 2018. Graduates from low-income backgrounds begin careers with Weston Jerwood bursaries
Cockpit Arts, February 2018. Cockpit Arts and Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries
British Theatre Guide March 2018. Bakani gets paid placement at Dance4
Arts Professional May 2018. Breaking the Cycle
Arts Professional July 2019 Toolkit tackles ‘class crisis’ in arts sector.
Frieze July 2019: Toolkit Challenges the Art world’s Class Gap
Arts Professional August 2019: ACE awards £7m to develop arts leadership