SHIFT Development Fund

SHIFT 2021

SHIFT Development Fund for Emerging Companies/Artists

SHIFT is a new project providing a unique view of the arts created and led by two young Associate Artists, supported by our Young Ambassadors, serving as a platform for exciting, fresh and new ideas.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the way we live our lives and raised serious and pressing questions about our future and it is young people who will eventually answer these questions. Wiltshire Creative is delighted to announce SHIFT, a new project which will provide a unique view of the arts and serve as a platform for exciting, fresh and new ideas. SHIFT will be created and led by Young Associate Artists Harrison Brodie and Kate Potter along with the support of the Wiltshire Creative Young Ambassadors.

As part of its SHIFT programme, Wiltshire Creative are offering £5000 development funding for emerging companies (no more than 6 years’ professional activity) to develop a piece aimed at young people. Although the piece can be for any demographic from toddlers to teenagers, the piece should respond to the challenges and issues facing young people in contemporary society and should resonate with their experience. 

Along with funding, the selected company will receive in kind support (to be agreed with Wiltshire Creative) in the form of space, technical support, photography, marketing and an industry sharing event to be arranged in conjunction with the successful company/artist.

The selection process will include one round of written applications and one round of interviews/presentations. Our Young Ambassadors (an advisory panel of 14-21 year olds) with our SHIFT Creative Associates will make the shortlist as well as the final decision regarding funding, with support from Wiltshire Creative staff.

This funding can be applied for in line with other funding applications for the same project, although you will be asked to disclose this information and should include any additional income or projected income in your budget. Other criteria include:

  • You must be an emerging company/artist with no more than 6 years’ professional experience.
  • Applicants must be based in the South West region according to Arts Council England definition.
  • We welcome applications from any artistic medium as long as it is principally aimed at young people. We will also consider participatory projects.
  • The piece cannot be a redevelopment of an existing work.
  • Applications must be for the development of new and original work; this fund will not support touring for existing work.
  • If you are proposing adaptations of existing works or performances of published scripts, you must be able to prove the availability of rights and include any rights/royalties in your budgets
  • Any additional artists in your budget must also receive payment, please include how you calculate this cost.

We particularly welcome applications from D/deaf and disabled artists, artists from minority ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+ artists and any artists from underrepresented backgrounds.

The deadline for applications is Monday 22 March 2021

Interviews will take place on the week commencing 5 April

Applications are now closed.

If you have any further questions, please contact Dave Orme, Associate Director on