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.


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? Submissions can be made in any medium and we will provide feedback to all work submitted and may platform some selected works.

Image: Evening Street © Jane Walker  Curtesy of the Artist Jane Walker
Image: Evening Street © Jane Walker  Courtesy of the Artist Jane Walker

Image: Milford Hill Evening © Jane Walker  Curtesy of the Artist Jane Walker
Image: Milford Hill Evening © Jane Walker  Courtesy of the Artist Jane Walker

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‘The Half Daughter’ by Veronica Dewan

In 'The Half Daughter', Veronica tells the story of searching for and finding her Indian birth father, and of their subsequent stormy relationship. This solo show was first performed at the Five Bells pub as part of the Salisbury Fringe Festival. Veronica is rewriting 'The Half Daughter' as an audio play. In this extract she meets her birth father for the first time.

Veronica Dewan

Veronica writes about adoption, race and mental health. She moved from the Isle of Wight to Salisbury in 2013 where she lives with writer and editor, Jim Read. Her life writing has been published in many anthologies. In 2016 'She is Not Herself', a play about meeting her Irish birth mother, was a Kali Theatre workshop production at Tristan Bates Theatre. Veronica wrote and read 'Border' for Paines Plough's 'Come to Where I'm From', at Theatre Fest West 2019.  With Director and Dramaturg Hannah Treadaway, she is developing a play cycle on the theme of belonging. Veronica has recently been appointed to an Adoption Panel.




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 has a commitment to new and original writing. We are accepting scripts for reading and providing constructive feedback until the end of July 2020. This is open for any writer at any stage of their career looking to receive feedback from Wiltshire Creative. Please note, we will only be able to accept one script per writer at this time. 

Please contact with a copy of your script and a short synopsis.




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