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SHIFT Development Fund

SHIFT 2021

Wiltshire Creative have announced the winners of the SHIFT Development Fund, Mich Sanderson and Ryan Wilce. The SHIFT Development Fund was set up to offer an emerging youth theatre, company or artist £5000 to develop a new piece of work aimed at young people, and centred around the issues they face. The South West duo Sanderson and Wilce will be creating a project drawing on experiences of the region’s queer youth an rich heritage of folk music to create a new canon of songs, and ultimately a musical, relevant to the narratives of young people today.  

Mich Sanderson and Ryan Wilce said, “It means everything to us to have received the SHIFT fund! As early career artists, to be offered this support and have such an amazing organisation behind us is unreal. We will make the most of this learning opportunity and be enriched by the process – the skills we hone over the next year, and connections we make, will enhance our practice immeasurably.”  

Dave Orme, Wiltshire Creative Associate Director, said, “We're very excited to be working with such talented emerging artists who are embarking on such a profound and meaningful journey towards creating what is sure to be an amazing piece of work. Wiltshire Creative and the wider South-West artistic sector is enriched by these new and exciting voices”.  

The SHIFT Development Fund comes as part of the wider SHIFT initiative, an ambitious cross organisation project by Wiltshire Creative which has paved the way in young arts engagement in the South-West, implementing strategies and structures which have, and will continue to, enable thousands of young people to engage with arts and culture.  

SHIFT Associate Artists Harrison Brodie and Kate Potter said: “We were inspired by Mich and Ryan’s application which feels so relevant to young people in the South West in the current moment. The concept at putting regional identities on stage is a core part of the SHIFT programme and ties is with our objective and aims of the project. We can’t wait to see what Mich and Ryan create!” 

Read all about SHIFT here >