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Shonagh Manson, Director, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Kate Danielson, Director, Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries. Image Hydar Dewachi

Funders pledge support for third edition of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme as fundraising continues

14 November 2016

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme is a talent development initiative creating new, paid, entry-level roles in the arts for recent graduates at  leading arts organisations across the UK. The programme addresses the socio-economic barriers that 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.

Garfield Weston Foundation and Jerwood Charitable Foundation have committed funds in support of a potential third edition of the programme and are now joined by CHK Charities Limited. Fundraising for the scheme continues, with an outcome likely to be announced in early 2017.

At the close of the second edition of the programme in October 2016, 58% of the cohort had had their placements extended by their host organisations. Half of these will remain in role for the longer term or permanently within their organisations, including Freya Gallagher-Jones who has been promoted to Operations Assistant at Writers Centre Norwich, and Nastasha Boyce whose role as Assistant Producer: Outreach at Cambridge Junction has been made permanent. 11% have new permanent jobs in other organisations – at the Royal Academy of Arts, Chisenhale Gallery and Quays Culture, Salford among others. 23 % are actively working as freelancers, and 17% are looking for work with renewed confidence and skills.