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What is it?

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme provides funding and training to arts or cultural Host organisations from across the UK committed to leading long-term change towards greater socio-economic diversity and inclusion. We are looking to create a partnership of organisations from across art forms of different shapes and sizes from all four corners of the UK to form our largest 50-strong cohort to date for 2020-2022.

Host organisations are supported by the programme to:

  • Create a year-long Fellowship for an early-career creative professional from a lower socio-economic background*
  • Take part in a dedicated programme of organisational change to support a meaningful shift towards more inclusive organisational cultures, audience development and artistic programming
  • Engage with a powerful UK-wide, cross-art form network of Hosts, Fellows and alumni

We are looking to partner with organisations that are ready to:

  • Be open, honest and fully committed to creating long-term change in their organisation and inspiring the arts and cultural sector to increase its socio-economic diversity
  • Offer outstanding artistic and career development support to the next generation of artists, curators, producers and creatives at a critical moment early in their career, discovering new artistic voices


Os hoffech chi ddarllen y canllaw ac ymgeisio yn Gymraeg, dilynwch y ddolen hon i’r holl ddeunyddiau perthnasol ac i gael cyngor am sut i wneud cais.

Time frames and deadlines for 2019-2022:

Open for Host applications: 5 December 2019
Deadline for Host applications: 5pm, 30 January 2020

Selection: February – March 2020 (shortlisted Hosts may be contacted for telephone interviews)
Decisions will be communicated to organisations by: 31 March 2020.

Please ensure you can meet the programme timetable below before you apply:

  • Early April 2020: 50 Hosts & Fellowships roles announced
  • April 2020: Induction workshops for Hosts. Host applicants will be asked in the application form to pick one of these dates for their nominated Trustee, a member of the Executive, and Line Manager to attend together

21 April - London
22 April - Birmingham
24 April - Edinburgh

  • May – Aug 2020:  Hosts recruit their Fellows
  • Sept 2020: All Fellows start their Fellowships
  • Oct 2020: Fellows’ Induction training
  • Nov 2020-Aug 2021: Training and development programme for Fellows & Organisational Change programme for Hosts continue
  • Feb 2021: Progression planning for Fellows starts
  • Sept 2021: All Fellowships end; start of progression period
  • March 2022: Fellows complete progression period
  • May 2022: Final Evaluation Reports and updated Toolkit published

What are you applying for?

As a potential Host organisation, you are applying for two elements:

  1. The financial, recruitment and professional training and development support to host a full- or part-time 12-month Fellowship for an outstanding early-career artist, curator, producer or creative in your field from a lower socio-economic background
  2. The opportunity to undertake a supported Organisational Change programme led by people make it work as part of a 50-strong, UK-wide cohort of Host organisations committed to greater socio-economic diversity and inclusion

The programme will also provide the following financial, training and professional support for Fellows during and beyond the Fellowship:

  • Three fully-funded two-day residential training and development workshops
  • An individual mentor, supported by Arts Emergency
  • Support to Hosts to identify additional opportunities for art-form specific training for Fellows
  • Support to Hosts to develop a bespoke progression plan for their Fellow to take next steps beyond their Fellowship
  • Financial support for re-location costs of taking up a Fellowship, as required
  • Fully-supported progression opportunities, including:
  • international placements in British Council offices around the world
  • the opportunity to apply to the £60k Jerwood Arts’ Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Fellow’s Fund
  • additional mentoring and artistic, creative and professional development support.

Taken together, we believe this package of support to Fellows offers them a transformative opportunity to get in and get on in their field: specific skills and training in their chosen art form, confidence, aspiration, a peer network, a Host network of established champions, dedicated progression opportunities and support beyond the programme’s formal end.

As part of a Host application, organisations will be asked to create a Fellowship role which would be most beneficial to an individual with the following profile*:

  • Outstanding early-career artist, curator, producer or creative* from a lower socio-economic background*, ambitious for their practice and their future
  • Professional experience (within or without the sector) of 3-5 years, with vocational qualifications or within maximum of two years of graduating from a BA or equivalent
  • Living and working in the UK
  • Outside formal education during the period of the Fellowship

Host Organisation Eligibility

You can apply to be a Host for the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme if you:

  • are an arts or cultural organisation based in the UK and committed to making a positive contribution to the UK arts sector, AND
  • have a professional staff and are a not-for-profit organisation with appropriate governance, capacity and experience

You cannot apply to be a Host if:

  • you are an individual artist, curator, producer or creative

In addition:

  • Previous Hosts may apply.
  • Consortia can apply via a lead Host organisation*

What you can expect from us

If you are successful, you can expect us to:

  • fund up to 75% of your Fellows’ salary at £19,500 (£22,425 for London weighting in line with Living Wage Foundation recommendations at an additional 15%), taking into account your size, location and context*
  • discuss your organisational change needs 1:1 to ensure best fit of the programme to your context
  • connect you with other Hosts through our networks and training events
  • profile your organisation and Fellowship on our website and social media (with your permission), including as part of the Fellow recruitment process
  • be available throughout the delivery of the programme for advice and support
  • engage with your work wherever we can and invite you to be part of wider Jerwood Arts’ networks and activities

If your application is unsuccessful you can request written feedback on your application within two weeks of the outcome, and will receive a response within six weeks. We hope unsuccessful applicants will also have opportunities to engage with the wider network of Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries and be part of the long-term evaluation of the programme.

What we expect from you

If you are selected as a Host organisation, we expect you to:

  • commit to expanding your approach to socio-economic diversity and inclusion
  • commit three individuals to take part in the Organisational Change programme: a Trustee or a member of the governing body, a member of the Executive and the Fellow’s Line Manager. Either the Executive or the Line Manager should have a core role in developing and delivering the artistic and cultural programme
  • create a transformative Fellowship role: employ your Fellow on PAYE and contribute between 25% - 35% of your Fellow’s salary, plus employer's National Insurance and workplace pension contributions
  • support your Fellow to develop their practice and professional skills alongside their work with you, including:
    • releasing them for three two-day residential training and development workshops
    • working with your Fellow to identify art-form specific training for their creative development
    • working with your Fellow and the Programme Director to develop a progression plan for your Fellow.
  • inform us of any significant changes at your organisation that will impact the programme before they happen
  • take part in the evaluation of the programme
  • credit Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries on all relevant digital and print materials

Selection and decision making process

Eligibility check and longlist

All applications will be reviewed and assessed by the Jerwood Arts team, who will meet to decide on a longlist of applications to take forward.

Longlist assessment

The longlist will be sent out to one of our Artist Advisers and a member of the people make it work team for external assessment and comments.

In addition, we will ask our funders including Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Art Fund and PRS Foundation for specific context comments to support decision making on applications in their region and field of expertise.


All scores and comments will be combined and discussed at a panel meeting including at least one Artist Adviser, a member of the people make it work team, Kate Danielson (Director, Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries) and chaired by Lilli Geissendorfer (Director, Jerwood Arts).

What are the assessors and selection panel looking for?

Assessors and selection panel will be looking for well thought-out proposals with clearly defined outcomes for Host organisations and their prospective Fellows. We will be looking to balance the Host cohort and proposed Fellowship roles to represent a wide range of sizes, locations, types of organisation and artforms, disciplines and practices.  Where you are on your diversity and inclusion journey will not be important: your ambition for change will. We will also expect organisations to share Jerwood Arts’ values and principles.*

Applications will be assessed against your responses to the application form questions across the following areas:

  • Your organisation's commitment to the socio-economic goals of the programme.
  • The quality of the artistic, creative or cultural experience the Fellow would have with your organisation.
  • The quality of the professional development support the Fellow would receive at your organisation both during and beyond their Fellowship.
  • The potential change impact on your organisation.


As well as the guidance on this page, we have created a quiz to help you work out whether the programme is right for your organisation* and a range of other resources linked to below.

We also recommend you read our Toolkit for Socio-economic Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts before applying, as it contains detailed information on socio-economic diversity and inclusion in the arts, alongside case studies from past editions of Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries.

If you have a question after reading all our resources, please send it by email to We will acknowledge your email within three working days and aim to answer your question within five working days.

Please note that the advice we give on making an application is on the eligibility and suitability of the activity for the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries only, and will have no bearing on its assessment. You do not need to have spoken to a Jerwood Arts member of staff before making an application.

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Find out More

Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries FAQ

Toolkit for Socio-economic Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts

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The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2020-2022 programme is designed and produced by Jerwood Arts. It is funded and supported by Arts Council England’s Transforming Leadership Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Art Fund, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland, British Council, Jerwood Arts and PRS Foundation.