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Artist Support Programme

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2021 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 Events and Opportunities

  • Artist Surgeries are a tailored and quick way of getting a one-to-one with a member of our team
  • Mailing List  stay up to date with the latest news and opportunities 
  • JMK Directors is a scheme that Wiltshire Creative has a long running relationship
  • Venues South West  is a scheme that Wiltshire Creative has a long running relationship


Watch this space for three new exciting strands to Artist Support coming later in 2021 


Artist Surgeries

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: 

  • Submit your question to Wiltshire Creative Connects using the form below 
  • We will match your question with a staff member who would be useful for you to talk to
  • 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).



Artist Programme Mailing List

To keep up to date with all Artist Support news and activities, please join our mailing here


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!



Artist Nights

Wiltshire Creative Artist Nights are social events/workshops giving artists the opportunity to meet other SW artists and network with other artists, discuss projects or just to get to know about other projects and events in the area. Each artist night will focus on a particular art form or practice and will also feature practical learning opportunities or discounted prices to Wiltshire Creative performances and events.

Due to the current lockdown we will not be hosting any artist nights until Autumn 2021. Please check our social media or join our artist mailing list here to find out when the next artist event will be.


Open Script Room Reading Service

Submission Window open between 19 July to 1 August 

We are opening up a window for script submissions from any South West writer. Submissions will be read by our teams of script readers and feedback will be given to all submissions. This is for any writer of any age at any stage of their career.
We can only accept one script per writer and scripts are not being considered for commission, but this is a great opportunity to develop any scripts you may have in development. 

Please note that we will be unable to read any scripts submitted after the 1st August and writers must be based in the South West*

(* South West - Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly).
Due to limited capacity, we are only able to accept a finite number of scripts so we will be accepting scripts on a first come first serve basis.

Please email with your script after 19 July and before 1 August.