Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries open to literature organisations for first time

Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries open to literature organisations for first time

Leading UK arts funder Jerwood Arts will open the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries from 2020 to 2022 to literature organisations which apply, for the first time.

The UK-wide programme is seeking 50 arts or cultural organisations to take action on socio-economic diversity and inclusion in the arts, including through the creation of 50 paid, year-long creative fellowships.

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries (WJCB) will, for the first time, focus on organisational change within host organisations. Running for the fourth year, the scheme will work in partnership with arts or cultural organisations ready to expand their approach to diverse recruitment and talent development, and build their capacity for outstanding artistic and cultural production.

Applications are open to any body in arts or culture - including literature organisations - that meets the criteria, for the first time. Previously this organisations had to be invited to apply. These organisations now require commitment at governance, artistic and executive levels to engage with the programme and their fellow. The changes are intended to "encourage organisations to embrace and embed the structural and cultural changes required to allow early-career fellows from socio-economic backgrounds underrepresented in the arts and cultural sector to thrive," Jerwood Arts said.  Successful host organisations will be supported through an 18-month organisational change programme led by change management consultancy People Make It Work.

Information on how to apply to become a host organisation is now available via a portal on the Jerwood Arts website. Host applications need to be submitted by 30th 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.