Expanding approaches to diverse recruitment and talent development

Creative fellowship bursaries available to bridge economic divide.

By Democrat reporter

CULTURAL organisations are today, Thursday 5 December, invited to take action to broaden socio-economic diversity and inclusion in the arts, by hosting paid, year-long creative fellowships, through the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme.

Thanks to £100,000 funding from The National Lottery through Creative Scotland, bursaries will support early-career development of creative professionals such as artists, curators and producers from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds, across Scotland.

Joan Parr, director of Arts & Engagement, Creative Scotland, said: “Fair access to careers in the arts is one of the most pressing issues facing the creative sector. Providing transformative opportunities, these bursaries go some way to making entry into the arts a level playing field and ensures those with talent, but not financial backing, are given the opportunity to succeed.”

Applications are invited from arts or cultural organisations in Scotland to support fellowship opportunities across all artforms, with specific requests for applications from Scotland-based organisations focused on curatorial practice, music creation and production, Gaelic-focussed performing arts, visual arts and dance, as well as the development of sustainable creative business.

There will also be a theatre fellowship for a Scotland-based design practitioner at a host organisation based elsewhere in the UK.

Previous Scottish host organisations include National Theatre of Scotland, Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre, The Common Guild, Glasgow International and the Royal Lyceum Theatre.

Lilli Geissendorfer, director, Jerwood Arts, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Creative Scotland to support arts organisations to expand their approach to diverse recruitment and talent development.

“Unpaid internships and poor recruitment practices are a barrier which threaten to impact the diversity and vibrancy of our future arts workforce. This programme champions new voices and promotes the potential for positive change.

“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 diversity and inclusion in the arts.”

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