Developing Artists Fund FAQ

Which Artforms/Disciplines are eligible for funding?

  • Applied Arts
  • Ceramics
  • Choreography
  • Circus
  • Composing
  • Collaborative
  • Cross Artform
  • Curatorial
  • Dance
  • Directing
  • Drawing
  • Environmental Art
  • Experimental Animation
  • Fiction
  • Glass Art
  • Installation Art
  • Improvisation
  • Jewellery Art
  • Live Art
  • Light Art
  • Moving-Image
  • Music
  • Multidisciplinary
  • New Media and Digital
  • Non-Fiction (non-academic)
  • Opera
  • Poetry
  • Painting
  • Playwriting
  • Photography
  • Performance
  • Puppetry
  • Sculpture
  • Set Design
  • Socially Engaged
  • Sound Art
  • Spoken Word
  • Textiles
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • Writing

How do you define early-career?

The term ‘early-career’ is difficult to define and may look different depending on a range of factors including art form/s, career pathways and personal circumstances. Across all Jerwood Arts funding, we are looking to support practitioners who have some existing professional experience and momentum for their practice but are still in the early stages.

Identifying the moment of transition from ‘early-career’ to ‘mid-career’ is also complex. These are some markers which would suggest a practitioner was beyond the career stage we can support. If somebody meets two or more of the following criteria, they are likely to be ineligible for Jerwood Arts funding:

  • They have extensive international touring experience with their own work.
  • They have long-term commercial representation such as gallery representation or an agent.
  • They have more than one major commission with national coverage and profile.
  • They have significantly more than ten years’ experience with their practice. Across the majority of our awards, we tend to support artists, curators and producers with less than ten years’ experience.

Up until recently, we have defined ‘early-career’ as specifically within 1-10 years’ length of professional experience for majority of our opportunities. We have always recognised that many practitioners do not take a linear route into their professional practice, and many people might have been practicing for longer than ten years but experienced breaks due to personal reasons such as health or caring responsibilities. While we made efforts within our guidance and application forms to explain this, we have also received feedback that this approach was still excluding too many.

You say you can’t support people who are currently in formal education. What do you mean?

Across all our work we only support those who have completed their formal training and have begun a professional artistic practice (see below). This means that the Developing Arts Fund programmes cannot support individuals who are in formal education (part-time or full-time). Formal education refers to those courses operated by established educational institutions such as further education colleges, universities, drama/dance schools or art colleges.

Will you be prioritising applications from outside of London or any geographical area in the UK?

We aim to have a range of programmes across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We do not have specific targets for this balance, however it will be informed by what we are currently funding and where there is greatest need and opportunity for investment in artists’ development.

Can the programme fund international exchanges and/or overseas travel?

The programme can include international residencies, exchanges and visits, however those elements need to be funding by other sources. Jerwood Arts’ funding can only be used for activities taking place in the UK and for the benefit of artists living and working in the UK.

Am I able to discuss my proposal idea with you before I complete an expression of interest and/or application?

If you have a question about the guidance and expressing an interest in making an application, you are welcome to email Mirka Kotulicova ( You email will be acknowledge and responded to within five working days. Advice calls will be available for those who have been invited to make full applications.

What do you mean by a “cycle” of a programme?

A programme of activity may take anywhere between a few months and a few years to complete, and we are open to your suggestions for how long a programme needs to run to realise the planned benefits for the individuals involved. We can fund programmes for up to two years and will consider funding one or two cycles of a programme if it comfortably fits within this timeframe.

My programme includes both early career-artists and mid-career artists, can I still apply for this fund?

Yes. Please be clear about the career level you want Jerwood Arts to support, and ensure that those participating in the programme meet the spirit of our definition of early-career (see above). If more established artists are receiving developmental support from the programme, then please show how other funds will be supporting their participation.

My scheme includes UK and international artists, is that ok?

Yes. However, the international artist’s/s’ participation would need to be covered by other funding.

Does Jerwood Arts need to be involved in the selection of artists or any other key decision?

We are happy to be involved in the selection process where there is clear reason for it but would always encourage organisations to think about the diversity of the selection panel. We do expect to be kept up to date with key developments and decisions made in the programme.

Can the proposed programmes have a national remit or should they focus on a location, community or region?

It depends on the aims and desired outcomes for the programme. It may be a national programme, or it might address a need in a specific location or within a community.

You say between 10% and 25% of the grant from Jerwood Arts can be for overheads. Does this include salary costs?

Yes. Where the costs of salaried staff are included, we expect to see how they will be working to deliver the programme.

Why do you only support up to 25% of overheads?

We expect your organisation to have the basic core capacity to deliver the project. Whilst we do acknowledge that some smaller organisations will need our contribution towards their staff time to deliver the programme, we would prefer as much of our grant to go in direct support of artists, curators and/or producers. You are welcome to show in-kind support or other income sources in a budget to show how the organisation’s overheads are covered.

Can we make an application for a programme that has already started?


What’s the difference between associate schemes, assisting programmes, attachment schemes, etc?

Artist development activity often has slightly different terminology across different art forms. Our list of activities is designed to show the breadth and type of work we can support but is not exhaustive.

Does my programmes have to contain both a development period and a public outcome?


How do you define a public outcome?

The definition of public outcome is quite broad and might look quite different across art forms and types of development activity. Here’s some examples:

  • A residency might have a sharing at the end with other residents or an invited audience
  • A seed commission might result in a scratch performance
  • An online/digital performance and/or documentation
  • A larger commission might result in an exhibition, or in the performing arts, any length of run
  • An artist embedded in an organisation might work on a range of events, installations, exhibitions and/or productions

The public outcomes should be a logical outcome to the development activity in the programme and fit within the organisation’s commission and production plans.

Do you require an in-kind contribution from my organisation to the programme?

We do not require you to show an in-kind contribution. However you may need or want to show the full resources you are putting in to the programme, especially if it is greater than 25% of the grant requested from Jerwood Arts. It is also helpful for us to see who is working on the programme and how much time they will spend on leading/coordinating it.

We notice that many of your currently funded Development Programmes bear the name ‘Jerwood’. Do you require the programme to include the name ‘Jerwood’?

No. During the application process you do not need to include Jerwood in your programme’s title. If your application is successful, we welcome development programmes carrying our name and we can have a conversation about it at that time. However, there is no requirement for this, especially if the programme has multiple funders. We offer our name to help with the profile and recognition of the opportunity, and do not seek named opportunities in the way that sponsors might do. For those programmes we fund, using our name for its title should carry with it no expectation that we will fund it in the future.