Sherman Theatre believes that theatre is for everyone and that applies to both audiences and people who want to pursue a career in the arts. Given our commitment to accessibility we are delighted to be one of 40 arts organisations taking part in the Weston Jerwood Creatives Bursaries programme. Our participation in the programme will mean that we will receive funding to host a graduate placement from a low income background for 12 months in a role new to the organisation, Social Media Assistant, significantly increasing the host organisation’s capacity.
The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme, now in its third and biggest phase, aims to open up entry level work opportunities for gifted graduates who received a full maintenance grant throughout university and who would struggle to do the unpaid work which acts as a gateway into the sector for up 88% of young people working in the arts today.
The programme has already delivered success, with a new evaluation report showing how 60% of employers on the last phase had extended contracts with placements, or made them permanent, once the actual bursary ended.
Kate Danielson, Programme Director said: “Diversity is absolutely fundamental to the continued success of UK art and culture – whether it is diversity of artists, audiences or those working for arts organisations.”
“The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries is about breaking down barriers to support this, levelling the playing field for young people from lower income backgrounds and making sure arts organisations can benefit from the skills and experience of all young talent.”
“This third phase is the most in-depth ever and we’re delighted to be working with 40 arts organisations who between them represent all corners of the country, a wide range of art forms and occupy very different positions within the wider arts and culture ecology of the UK.”
Julia Barry, Executive Director of Sherman Theatre has said that “Everyone should be able to pursue a career in the arts if that is where their passion lies. We are thrilled to be selected to be taking part in this hugely important initiative. It’s our hope that the successful role holder will find their time at Sherman to be hugely valuable as they take their next steps and that we as an organisation will be enriched for having hosted that person.’”
Recruitment for the funded role will begin in the coming weeks.