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Jerwood Arts programmes 2020-2022 revealed

Published: 29 Aug 2019

Jerwood Arts have confirmed a fourth edition of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries alongside two new pilot programmes, Jerwood Curatorial Accelerator and Jerwood New Creative Leaders. Thanks to funding from Creative Scotland through the National Lottery, five of the UK wide Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries will specifically support early-career artists, curators and producers from lower socio-economic backgrounds from across Scotland.

Colin Bradie, Interim Head of Creative Learning at Creative Scotland said: “When the arts and creative practice are reflective of, and made by, a diverse range of people and communities, they are more relevant to more people across Scotland.  We are delighted to be working with Jerwood Arts to support five new fellowships which will enable emerging talent from lower socio-economic backgrounds to progress their creative practice and build careers within the arts.”

All three programmes aim to transform the leadership potential of the next generation of artists, curators, producers and creatives from lower socio-economic backgrounds. For details of the programmes please visit Jerwood Arts’ website.

Lilli Geissendorfer, Director, Jerwood Arts said: “Fair access to working in the arts remains one of the most urgent issues facing the sector today, with those from lower socio-economic backgrounds still significantly underrepresented amongst the artists and employees of UK theatres, festivals, galleries, museums and arts organisations of all kinds, especially in leadership positions.

“Building on Jerwood Arts’ ten years of experience in this field, our programme will offer specialised recruitment and supported, meaningful fellowships and development opportunities that will actively reduce the barriers for talented creative leaders to fulfil their potential. We are excited that the next iteration of our Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme will focus on creative and artistic roles, and to be able to launch two pilot projects targeted at curators and new leaders, two areas where those from lower socio-economic backgrounds face particularly challenging career pathways.”

Find out more at jerwoodarts.org.