Weston Jerwood focuses on inclusion

Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries is looking for placements that prioritise socio-economic diversity and inclusion.

In its fourth and biggest year of grants, the scheme has announced it is seeking 50 leading arts and cultural hosts that will take on new diversity criteria for paid-for year-long creative fellowships.

Main image: Weston Jerwood fellows at a training session

This time WJCB have secured additional funding to offer more fellowships in more places, and expand into the museum sector, focusing as much on working in partnerships with host organisations to create long-term change as on the individual fellows.

For the first time applications for 2020-22 are open to any arts or cultural organisation that is committed at governance, artistic and executive levels to engage with the programme and their fellow. The changes are intended to encourage organisations to restructure where necessary so that they can welcome early-career fellows from socio-economic backgrounds under-represented in the arts and cultural sector to thrive. Successful host organisations will be supported through an 18-month organisational change programme led by People Make It Work to realise their ambitions (https://www.peoplemakeitwork.com). 

The move follows the publication in July of the Jerwood Arts' employers’ toolkit Socio-Economic Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts: A Toolkit for Employers, published by the Bridge Group as a practical guide supporting long-term change across the arts and cultural sector by sharing knowledge, offering tips and encouraging take-up of an intersectional approach to equality, diversity and inclusion.

“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” said 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.” 

Information on how to apply to become a Host organisation is now available via a portal on the Jerwood Arts website, https://jerwoodarts.org/projects/weston-jerwood-creative-bursaries-2020-22/. Host applications need to be submitted by 30 January 2020, with Fellow recruitment, undertaken by each Host, taking place from May. All 50 Fellowships will start in September 2020 and run for 12 months, followed by a supported ‘progression period’ for Fellows.

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.

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