As a key strand of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Training Programme is designed to add value through providing a dedicated mentor, professional development training and networking opportunities for the bursary recipients over and above the support they receive from their host organisation. The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation is one of the programme’s key funders and is supporting this development programme specifically, in line with their funding goals, to nurture and encourage the next generation in the arts.
The third of these specialised training days, held across the UK, explored the life cycle of a project and was held in Glasgow at Cryptic, Citizens Theatre and The Common Guild on 14 and 15 April 2016. The three organistaions put together an informative and challenging programme of events on the subject of the life cycle of a project. Sessions included cultural speed dating with a number of arts professionals, talks, presentations and a choice of entertaining evening events. With Glasgow International taking place, the city was abuzz and our two visual arts hosts had special exhibitions on, while Citizens Theatre was in dress rehearsals for its new show This Restless House. The varying models of production across a range of media offered by the hosts gave the participants a unique insight into three very different ways of developing and managing a project.
A selection of bursary recipients gave presentations about their placements, highlighting the unique work they are carrying out around the country. From Dorchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Cambridge, London, Norwich, Salford, Leeds and Glasgow, they explained what their work involved. Charlie Bindels, Projects Assistant at Streetwise Opera, was Assistant Producer on their recent production of The Passion in Manchester, which was broadcasted on BBC4. Rosie Elnile, Resident Design Assistant at Donmar Warehouse, receives Co-Designer credit for their new show, Elegy, alongside their new Associate Artist Tom Scutt. Alice Parsons, Higher Education Coordinator at Opera North, is currently the only person in the country with this job title in an arts organisation and has recently been given a 2-year extension to her contract. Jack Thomson, Graduate Dancer at Phoenix Dance, whilst making his debut for the company as a member of the first cast, has been singled out in a review of their current production, Triple Bill: ‘Jack Thomson is not only an excellent dancer but has considerable stage authority for such a young artist. He performs the opening solo […] and makes a damn fine job of it.’ Dance Europe April 2016.
They were also joined by an alumna of the pilot programme, Gemma Connell, now Artistic Director of her own company, The Artifact, who gave a presentation on her journey from Trainee Producer at Manchester International Festival to founding her own company, working in choreography, curating and producing.
The fourth and final training event will be held on 13 June at host organisation Eastside Projects in Birmingham. It will be a day’s training led by cultural leadership trainer Nicola Turner and Mark Wright, Director at People Create, to focus on preparing the bursary recipients for the next steps in their career.