December 6, 2022

Jerwood Arts announces 12 new artist development programmes

We are excited to announce 12 new programmes across the UK, that will deliver fully resourced transformative opportunities for early-career artists, curators and producers over the next two years.

The 12 new programmes join four announced earlier this year to create a growing portfolio of fully resourced opportunities for artists at a pivotal moment in their careers to gain new skills, experiment with their practice and make new work. The disciplines span from digital art to printmaking, opera singing to set design, and inter/multi-disciplinary practices that reflect how artists today are defining their practices.

These programmes will provide a mix of in-depth residencies, mentorship, commissions, and skills training as well as workshops and pathways into the artform for those just getting a foothold. This is just the first wave of a portfolio that we will be continuing to grow, with up to 25 programmes supported annually.

Of the twelve new programmes announced today, three are with partners in Northern Ireland. Outburst Arts, Belfast, will support four queer performance makers to develop their practice from one annual festival to the next. Prime Cut, Belfast, will continue Reveal, their professional development programme for early-career artists in theatre delivering bespoke mentorship, training and producing support. Meanwhile CCA Derry~Londonderry will provide a two-year development programme for contemporary visual artists.

We will also be working with a number of new partners to nurture innovative creative practices in all forms. HOME, Manchester, is launching a 12-month bespoke residency for four cross artform artists in the North-West to make a step change in their practice and career. Each residency will culminate in a public facing artistic outcome either as part of PUSH Festival, HOME’s biennial cross artform festival for early-career artists, or as a stand-alone event. Theatre Royal Plymouth has developed the Artists for Change programme in response to its most pressing and strategic ambitions: inclusivity and the climate emergency. It will engage two early-career artists to challenge conventional thinking in these areas, developing creative solutions for the theatre and for audiences to affect real change in the community.

The full list of programmes are as follows:

  • Another Route, an 18-month programme of events and residencies for performance makers to internationalise their practice. Another Route, national.
  • Propel, a two-year skills development programme for 12 early-career producers and production managers. Bradford Producing Hub.
  • CCA x Jerwood = Supports, a two-year development programme for contemporary visual artists. CCA Derry~Londonderry.
  • Derby Theatre and IGC Independent Producer Residencies, paid residencies for eight early-career producers from diverse backgrounds over two years. Derby Theatre.
  • DCA Print Studio x Jerwood Residencies, four, month-long residencies based in the Print Studio, to take place over two years. Dundee Contemporary Arts.
  • Jerwood Young Artists programme, career-changing support and professional development for four aspiring soloists over a full festival season from April to August over two years. Glyndebourne, East Sussex.
  • At HOME with Jerwood, a 12-month bespoke residency for four cross-artform artists in the North-West to make a step change in their practice and career. HOME, Manchester.
  • Jerwood Designers Programme, two year-long paid residencies for set and costume designers based in Yorkshire. Leeds Playhouse.
  • I Like It. What Is It?, a residency programme for four artists or companies working in radical live performance, taking place across two years. MAYK, Bristol.
  • Immersive Assembly Volume 3: Truth & Testimony, a digital artists residency produced in collaboration with an international network of cultural partners. Mediale,
  • Intervention 01, a six-month programme for a cohort of 15 companies of exceptional theatre-makers to reinvigorate their process. New Diorama,
  • Tongue + Heart, support for four queer performance makers to develop their practice from one annual festival to the next. Outburst Arts, Belfast.
  • Reveal, a professional development programme for early-career artists in theatre delivering bespoke mentorship, training and producing support. Prime Cut, Belfast.
  • Jerwood Somerset House Studios Residency, supporting three early-career visual artists with studio space and public outcomes over a period of 18 months. Somerset House Studios,
  • Artists for Change, a new programme for two artists in response to the organisations ambitions around inclusivity and the climate emergency. Theatre Royal Plymouth.
  • The Young Vic’s Jerwood Artist Development Pathway, a holistic programme of development opportunities including assistant roles on major productions for early-career theatre artists. The Young Vic, London.

Lilli Geissendorfer, Director of Jerwood Arts, said:

These 16 programmes represent some of the most imaginative, ambitious and inclusive artist development programmes in the UK. In these challenging times, early-career artists need paid and fully resourced opportunities from organisations that can support them to take the time and space to build their confidence and grow their networks more than ever. Jerwood Arts’ mission to identify and nurture early-career artists, curators and producers means we are proud to back these vital programmes.


The arts organisations we’re funding are deeply committed to improving conditions for early-career artists and enabling them to establish successful, sustainable careers. We are particularly excited to be working with so many organisations new to us including Bradford Producing Hub, Dundee Contemporary Arts and Mediale, alongside reimagined programmes from the likes of the Young Vic, Leeds Playhouse and Derby Theatre that reflect what early-career artists need today. We’re looking forward to evolving our portfolio over the coming years.

While some programmes have already selected artists, the majority of opportunities will go live in the first three months of 2023. Visit our Apply Now page for the latest information, or sign up to our newsletter to receive updates.

Find out more:

Read the full press release, here.

Read more about funded programmes, here.

Read more about our working approach to Jerwood Developing Artists Fund in our Jerwood In Practice blog, here.