Funding Opportunity

Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries is a nationwide programme supporting arts organisations to expand their approach to diverse recruitment and talent development, and build their capacity for outstanding artistic production. 40 new, paid, entry-level roles in the arts have been created for recent graduates at 39 leading arts organisations nationally.

The programme addresses the socio-economic barriers that outstanding, skilled graduates entering the workplace face and is open to graduates from low-income backgrounds who were in receipt of a full maintenance grant throughout university.

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Programme is designed and managed by Jerwood Arts in partnership with British Council. It has been made possible through the combined support of Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Jerwood Arts, CHK Charities Limited and PRS Foundation.

Unpaid internships and poor recruitment practices are a barrier which threaten to impact on the diversity and vibrancy of our future arts workforce. This programme champions new voices and promotes the potential for positive change through sharing evidence of best practice in recruitment and talent development.

Its beneficiaries are the potential arts leaders of the future; those who in turn should be powerful advocates for the cultural change needed to achieve real, ingrained diversity in the arts. Providing these bursaries goes some way to making entry into the arts a level playing field and ensures those with talent, if not financial backing, are given the opportunity to succeed.

Support from Arts Council England's Ambition for Excellence funding will increase the sustainability of the programme and extend the impact for the sector through intensive evaluation and sharing of what is learnt.