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FRAMES artist residency with Ellie Griffiths and St Crispins School. Image: Geraldine Heaney


Jerwood Fellowships

Imaginate promotes, develops and champions professional theatre and dance for young audiences in Scotland. It produces the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival and delivers a year-round programme for artists, schools and young audiences.

The Jerwood Fellowships is a career-changing programme for Scotland-based theatre or dance artists in the first 10 years of practice, who are interested in making innovative contemporary performance for children and young people with a range of additional support needs. Through year-long, bespoke support, Fellows will gain skills, knowledge, inspiration and connections to confidently make artistically interesting work for this audience.

Each Jerwood Fellow receives a £7000 bursary, a paid placement with Oily Cart and a research attachment with a school for children with additional support needs. They will undertake mentoring with an experienced artist in the field and with Imaginate’s Creative Development Director, and take a place on its Creative Development Programme events. Fellows will have a budget to see performances including an international festival, and access training including with relevant non-arts specialists. They have a platform to share an early-stage performance idea and can access producing, marketing and fundraising support from Imaginate.

The Jerwood Fellowships are led by Imaginate, working alongside schools in Edinburgh, and Oily Cart, the UK’s leading company making theatre for young people with complex disabilities.

The two artists for 2020/21 are Claire Eliza Willoughby and Emily Nicholl.

The two artists for 2021/22 are Ellen Renton and Craig McCulloch.