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    Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries, 2018. Image: Outroslide Photography
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    Image: Tim Dickeson, 2019. Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2020-22

We received a fantastic response to the launch of the call for Host organisations and received 267 applications, covering all art forms and from throughout the UK.

Successful and unsuccessful Host applicants were notified by email on 16th March 2020.

How best to proceed with this programme in the context of Covid-19 is a key consideration given its focus on enabling cohort learning, and empowering early-career artists, curators, producers and creatives to thrive inside leading arts organisations.

Following consultation with our six funders, we are currently planning to postpone the start of the programme to September 2020, subject to further developments. Public announcements of the successful Host organisations and revised plans for the programme will be shared in due course.

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2020-2022 programme provides a step-change opportunity for talent from socio-economic backgrounds that are currently under-represented across the arts to develop and thrive. The programme works in partnership with 50 Host organisations to create 50 paid, year-long creative Fellowships to expand their capacity for artistic production and take part in an 18-month Organisational Change programme.

Fellow recruitment: Dates will be confirmed in Autumn 2020
Fellowships: Dates will be confirmed in Autumn 2020. We are hoping they will start early in 2021 and run for a year.

Fair access to working in the arts and cultural sector remains an urgent issue, with those from lower socio-economic backgrounds still significantly under-represented amongst the artists and employees of UK theatres, festivals, galleries and arts organisations of all kinds.

We commissioned Dr Dave O’Brien, Chancellor’s Fellow in Cultural Studies at the University of Edinburgh, to write Thinking about Social Mobility, a briefing paper for the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Programme to help us understand how our programme might have more impact. It gives evidence of the wider issues, challenges and barriers facing those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and provides insights into the rationale behind some of the design of the programme.

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 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 discover how an inclusive, intersectional approach to recruitment, talent development and organisational change can future-proof their mission.