Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries

Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries is the leading UK-wide programme focused on socio-economic diversity in the arts since 2010. Over four editions it has created 173 year-long jobs for early-career creatives from working class/low socio-economic backgrounds, alongside producing practical Toolkits on inclusive employment to drive organisational change.

The programme is dedicated to supporting outstanding early-career artists, curators, producers and creatives to thrive, and working in partnership with leading arts and cultural organisations to take an inclusive, intersectional approach to recruitment, artist development and organisational change.

Fair access to working in the arts and cultural sector remains an urgent issue, with those from low socio-economic backgrounds still significantly under-represented amongst the artists and employees of UK theatres, festivals, galleries and arts organisations of all kinds. The programme seeks to interrogate and remove barriers to entry and enable those on the programme – the ‘Fellows’ – to build careers in the arts with confidence and support.

Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Training Programme. Image: Outroslide Photography