Derby Theatre one of 50 arts organisations to be funded to host a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Fellow

Derby Theatre and In Good Company are thrilled to be one of 50 arts organisations offering a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Fellow, for an In Good Company Assistant Producer, with applications now open until Friday 27 November.

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Derby Theatre will host the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Fellow as part of a programme to get more people from low socio-economic backgrounds into cultural careers. Across the UK, there will be 50 exciting opportunities to develop a career in the arts, with each role playing an important part in the host organisation.

Derby Theatre and In Good Company welcome applications for the role of Assistant Producer for In Good Company, the flagship professional creative and business development programme for theatre makers and companies in the Midlands led by Derby Theatre.

The new role will involve: working closely with the Creative Producer to deliver and review In Good Company’s commissioning and call-out processes, liaising and working with regional artists, programming festivals, tours and performance platforms; plus planning events, workshops and rehearsal residencies for local theatre makers.

Even before the pandemic wreaked havoc on career prospects in the arts, those from middle-class backgrounds were 2.5 times more likely to end up in creative occupations than their working-class peers. This is a situation which has not improved since records began in 2014.

Social mobility is a greater issue in the cultural sector and wider creative industries than across the economy as a whole. The wider creative industries have created over 300,000 jobs over the past five years, yet the number of creative workers from working-class backgrounds has increased by just 33,000. Just as with the impact of the 2008 financial crisis, it is expected that those who are already finding it difficult to make their way in the arts will be the worst hit by the impact of Covid-19.

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries aim to redress the balance by funding 50 paid, year-long artistic and creative Fellowships as well as an organisational development programme run by people make it work to embed inclusive practices for the host organisation, with three members of the host team taking part, including a board member and a senior executive.

This is the fourth edition of the programme, which has been running for over 10 years and has 125 alumni to date, many of whom have forged successful careers. This edition of WJCB is the largest yet, with support from Arts Council England’s Transforming Leadership Programme, Garfield Weston Foundation, Art Fund, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland, and PRS Foundation.

Lilli Geissendorfer (Director of Jerwood Arts) said:

“I’m delighted that Derby Theatre has been selected to host a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Fellow. Derby Theatre applied to be part of the programme before COVID-19 had been identified, so it is heartening that making their organisation more diverse and inclusive is still high on their agenda, despite the additional challenges they are facing. It speaks to the resilience I have been inspired by from all corners of the arts and cultural sector in recent months to find the silver linings in the bleakest of times and commit to creating a stronger sector that everyone will benefit from.”

Ben Anderson (Creative Producer, In Good Company) said:

“This pandemic has exposed disparities more than ever, we have a collective responsibility to emerge better than before. In Good Company continues to lay out a bold vision for the future and I can’t wait to welcome another member of the team who will help us carve out that future; a future that includes a more diverse and inclusive workforce.”

Sarah Brigham (Artistic Director and CEO, Derby Theatre) said:

“Derby Theatre is committed to developing our workforce to be truly representative of our community and this is one step in that journey. We are very proud of how In Good Company has grown from a gem of an idea to the huge success it is now supporting artists across the midlands and so it felt right to place our Weston Jerwood placement here. We look forward to welcoming a new person to the team and welcoming them to both the IGC and Derby Theatre family.”

How To Apply

For more information and to apply for the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Fellow - Assistant Producer, In Good Company, please download a job pack, application form and more information about the Weston Jerwood Fellowship below.

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Deadline: Friday 27 November, 5pm

Interviews: W/C Monday 11 January 2021

Start date is flexible but before March 2021 

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.