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Artist Support Programme

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2021/22 will be a very different year for all of us and we at Wiltshire Creative acknowledge the challenges and constraints on Artists. We are re-modelling our Artist Support Programme to match the demand and changes on the industry.  

Wiltshire Creative’s Artist Support programme aims to support artists at any stage of their career across all art forms and platforms as well as providing tangible support in the form of resources and funding for the development of independent work. We aim to enrich and develop the cultural identity of the South West region by enabling and empowering artists to create unique and tenacious work whilst existing within a robust, sustainable and supportive cultural climate. 

2021/22 Events and Opportunities

The Dawn Sturgess Bursary 

What is it?
Dancing Ledge Productions and Wiltshire Creative have partnered to launch a bursary in honour and memory of Dawn Sturgess.
The Dawn Sturgess Bursary will provide one budding Drama School acting student with £30,000 towards their living costs while studying.
That’s £10,000 a year for 3 years. 

Am I eligible? 
You must be a permanent resident of Wiltshire at the time you submit your application.
Be between 18 – 25 years old.
Have a household income which is no higher than £50,000.
Have an accepted offer in Spring 2022 for a full-time acting course being taught within a UK Drama School, suggested list to follow.

Applications for the bursary will open in March 2022.

 Click HERE to register for more information as it is released.  

Wiltshire Creative has various opportunities for artists to work with us.


Call for UK based artist for Gates Wide Open

This is an open call for artists who graduated during the COVID years or for those whose study or training was affected by the COVID experience. Four selected artists will receive £500 each to exhibit their work at Salisbury Arts Centre in an exhibition 'Gates Wide Open' 15 March – 8 May 2022. 

This exhibition will be a result of an open call submission seeking work by graduates of the creative disciplines who have been affected by the COVID pandemic.

For more information and to apply click here



SHIFT Actor Musician Call Out

Actor Musician Call Out - Are you an actor-musician (Banjo, Madolin, Guitar or Fiddle player) local to the Salisbury area? Then we need you!

‘Woke Songs’ draws on experiences of the South West’s queer youth and its rich heritage of folk music to create a new canon of songs and ultimately a musical, relevant to the narratives of young people living today.

About the performance:
‘Woke Songs’ is a new musical that is being devised by Mich Sanderson and Ryan Wilce. This is a verbatim project engaging with young people, the words of whom will ultimately shape the production, which will be a solo musical built up of verbatim dialogue and re-written folk music.

The performance is a work-in-progress showing of between 20-30 minutes, with the aim for the project to have a longer life after the work-in-progress performance.
Auditions – Early December
Rehearsals – 22nd January – 28th January (Inclusive)
Performance – 28th January
Deadline for applications Friday 3 December at 5pm

For more information and to apply: Download the application pack here >



Artist Programme Mailing List

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JMK Directors

Wiltshire creative and the JMK Trust are inviting local directors and theatre-makers interested in directing theatre to join their free ongoing talent development scheme, based at the two theatres. The aim is to:

  • Create a hub for directors interested in making theatre.
  • Provide access to exclusive workshop, training and development opportunities for emerging directors and makers.
  • Create a chance for directors and makers to meet regularly, to network and to share ideas both regionally and nationally.
  • The opportunity to apply for a Leverhulme Arts Scholarship, securing the chance to work as an assistant director on a professional production.

Dave Orme will head up the scheme at the Wiltshire Creative, working with JMK Regional Director Practitioner Nik Partridge to create a series of workshops, gatherings and events for theatre directors in the region throughout the year.

To join the group please email

The JMK Trust was founded in 1997 in memory of a theatre director of thrilling promise, James Menzies-Kitchin, who died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 28. It runs the annual JMK Young Director’s Award and works with theatres around the UK in its regional programme to discover and support emerging theatre directors. Our assistant director bursary, funded by The Leverhulme Trust Arts Scholarships Award, is another part of our work which enables directors to learn new skills through practical experience. For more details about what we do please visit


Venues South West

We are a network of venues and organisations in the South West who support artists, working together to enable quality work, better communication and touring in the region to develop the South West theatre sector, led by Wiltshire Creative and The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter.
Over the last year, we’ve been meeting and discussing ways in which we can work together to better support artists.
The Venues South West Routes In document is the first outward step in that process. It is a direct rip off of the fantastic Venues North Routes In document. Containing venue and organisation contact details and programming information, it is an attempt to make getting in touch with venues that little bit easier.
We hope you enjoy it!