Artist Development

Artist Development

Supporting artists and practitioners at all stages of their careers remains central to what we do at Wiltshire Creative. If you’re looking to join a profession or maybe just after some fresh inspiration, we’re here to help – whatever the artform.

Our online resources enable us to support artists in a number of ways, but if there is something specific you would like to discuss or any questions you might have, please contact



Inspiring artists

Are you an artist craving some creative inspiration? This is where we will post something to inspire you (e.g. a quote, a piece of music or a piece of art) so that you can create a short response in your chosen art form (e.g. a script, a piece of music, a drawing or a short performance). We will provide feedback to all submissions and select some to be shared here on our website. Read on to see the latest Creative Inspiration and responses to previous posts.



For this month’s Creative Inspiration, we'd like to explore the theme of lines. Over the last few months the concept of ‘lines’ gathered quite a different significance; lines created, lines maintained,  lines broken, lines found. As we get used to the idea of entering our cities again, we feel that lines become more pertinent; forming lines to enter shops, continuing to measure the distance between ourselves and others and re-establishing the lines connecting us with our family, friends and colleagues.

The artworks accompanying this Creative Stimulus are line drawings by Sally Firino, a Salisbury-based artist who heads the thriving art department at Burgate College. She is a phenomenal teacher whose artworks are present in private collections worldwide.
Sally Firino inspiration‚Äč
Click here for more information about Sally Firino and to listen to her interview

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In June we asked for your creative responses to our CITY with the help of artist Jane Walker.

As lockdown continues, our cities, towns and villages have become very different places, but they still define us as individuals and as a community. We’d like to take the chance to see how artists respond to the theme of ‘our city’ – what changes do they see? What memories do they have? How does our city influence the art we make? 

Thank you to everyone who responded. Below we share the response from artist Cristian Stefanescu.

View his gallery of work here here

City Creative inspiration: Monochormatic series by CRISTIAN STEFANESCU

CITY creative inspiration: Monochormatic series by CRISTIAN STEFANESCU


What does family mean to you? Inspired by the Chris Chibnall's hit comedy Worst Wedding Ever and our Connects Big Interview, we wanted you to get creative and send us your response to this theme.

Thank you to everyone who responded. Below we share the response from writer Veronica Dewan



Veronica 3
Click here or on the image to play her story


Artist Call Out – Summer 2020

Wiltshire Creative is looking for Wiltshire-based theatre companies, solo storytellers and spoken word artists to feature in a programme of outdoor work this summer.
During August we are planning a programme of outdoor family friendly work featuring artists and entertainers from the county.

We are looking for performances and sets that can be performed adhering to social distance guidelines, for sessions up to 45 minutes long, on a small outdoor staged area, that requires minimal technical support. 
We are particularly interested in hearing from diverse and underrepresented artists, including female, BAME, black, LGBTQAI+ artists, Deaf/Disabled artists, Working Class artists and artists from low income backgrounds. This is paid work and travel expenses will be paid in addition to the fee. 
Click here to apply - Please fill in the survey monkey with your details and links to your work, including an outline of what you would perform.



These are fantastic opportunities for artists of all types to engage with our staff and networks. Artists can seek advice from us regarding projects they are working on or any specific topic they would like information on. Twice a month, we will be running Artist Surgeries to do just that; they are for emerging or established theatre makers or visual artists and your questions can be about anything, from theatre tax relief and fundraising to booking a tour, from routes into the industry to technical production questions. So, fire away and we'll do our best to help! 

The Artist Surgeries will work as follows: 

  1. Submit your question to Wiltshire Creative Connects using the form below 
  2. We will match your question with a staff member who would be useful for you to talk to
  3. We will be in touch to arrange a call on a specified date and time between you and that staff member to discuss your question via Zoom 

Zoom meetings will take place every other Thursday afternoon (the deadline for submissions is 10am on the preceding Tuesday; any submissions after that will roll forwards for the following session two weeks later). 

Click here to submit your questions



Everything you wanted to know about casting but were afraid to ask!

In this film, Gabrielle Dawes, Wiltshire Creative’s Casting Associate, is in conversation with Gareth Machin, discussing how productions are cast, from initial discussions with the director and sharing breakdown information, to auditions and decision-making. Gabrielle will also be answering questions previously submitted by members of the public.

As Casting Associate for Wiltshire Creative, Gabrielle has been responsible for Her Naked Skin, Relatively SpeakingBreaking the Code and Handbagged at Salisbury Playhouse. Other recent casting includes: The Price, West End; The Height of the Storm, West End / Broadway; Christmas Carol, Wilton’s Music Hall and Alone in Berlin, Northampton. Also, formerly Casting Associate at Chichester Festival Theatre and has worked with the National Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath and numerous West End and television productions.

 View Gabrielle’s full biography here




Wiltshire Creative teamed up with Salisbury Live to provide this opportunity for musicians of all types to perform to listeners on BBC Radio Wiltshire as part of its Airwaves Festival.

For more infromation about the artists and to listen click here