Rhinegold Photo credit: Outroslide Photography / Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries, 2018

Melissa Bradshaw

Jerwood Arts announces details of 2020-2022 Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries

5:41, 6th December 2019

Jerwood Arts is calling for 50 leading arts or cultural Host organisations to take action on socio-economic diversity and inclusion in the arts through the creation of 50 paid, year-long creative Fellowships as part of its Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme.

Beginning its fourth edition next year, WJCB will focus for the first time on organisational change within Host organisations, aiming to expand their approach to diversity in recruitment and talent development. Applications will be open to any arts or cultural organisation that meets the criteria, which requires commitment at governance, artistic and executive levels to engage with the programme and their Fellow.

With fair access to working in the arts remaining an urgent issue within the sector, the programme will aim to embed long-term structural and cultural changes within the organisations which will create more opportunities for individuals from underrepresented socio-economic backgrounds. WJCB’s 2020-2022 programme will be its largest edition so far, having secured over £1.5m in support from Arts Council England’s Transforming Leadership Programme, Garfield Weston Foundation, Art Fund, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland and PRS Foundation.

‘WJCB has always been about levelling the playing field across the highly competitive early-career entry points for outstanding artists, curators, producers and creatives, and ensures those with talent, but without financial backing, are given the opportunity to succeed,’ says Lilli Geissendorfer, director of Jerwood Arts. ‘The 110 Hosts and 125 Fellows from past editions have shown us the way, and we are excited to get started on this next edition to support organisations to discover a new generation of potential arts and cultural leaders and become powerful advocates and role models for the cultural change needed to achieve the diversity, inclusion and representation the arts and cultural sectors need.’

Further information about the programme and how to apply as a Host can be found here. Applications must be submitted by 30 January 2020.

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