Press and Impact

To date, the Creative Bursaries programme has worked with 110 of the UK’s best arts producers and organisations across art forms to kick-start the careers of 124 talented people from lower socio-economic backgrounds; in Truro, Wakefield, Belfast, Leeds, London, Margate, Cardiff, Birmingham, Glasgow and beyond. Critically, it allows organisations to develop new year-long job roles which close skills gaps in their greatest areas of need.

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.

Download the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2014-16 Evaluation Report.

Press Releases

Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Launch PR

Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2017-19 Hosts Announced

Arts Council England Awards Ambition For Excellence Funding to Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries

For programme enquiries please contact Kate Danielson, Programme Director: 07815 736 156/

For press enquiries please contact Jon Flinn at DHA Communications: 0151 709 0505/ 07811 397122/

Press Coverage

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