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Bluecoat one of 50 arts organisations to be funded to host a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Fellow

Bluecoat one of 50 arts organisations to be funded to host a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Fellow

by Culture Liverpool

Bluecoat is to host a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Fellow as part of a programme to get more people from low socio-economic backgrounds into cultural careers. Across the UK there will be 50 exciting opportunities to develop a career in the arts, with each role playing an important part in the host organisation. Bluecoat is welcoming applications for the role of Assistant Producer, to work on a new programme of exhibitions showcasing work from artists living and working in the Liverpool city region. More details can be viewed on Bluecoat’s website here: http://www.thebluecoat.org.uk/content/assistant-producer-

Even before the pandemic wreaked havoc on career prospects in the arts, those from middle-class backgrounds were 2.5 times more likely to end up in creative occupations than their working-class peers. This is a situation which has not improved since records began in 2014. Social mobility is a greater issue in the cultural sector and wider creative industries than across the economy as a whole. The wider creative industries have created over 300,000 jobs over the past five years, yet the number of creative workers from working-class backgrounds has increased by just 33,000. Just as with the impact of the 2008 financial crisis, it is expected that those who are already finding it difficult to make their way in the arts will be the worst hit by the impact of Covid-19.

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries aim to redress the balance by funding 50 paid, year-long artistic and creative Fellowships as well as an organisational development programme run by people make it work to embed inclusive practices for the host organisation, with three members of the host team taking part, including a board member and a senior executive.

This is the fourth edition of the programme, which has been running for over 10 years and has 125 alumni to date, many of whom have forged successful careers. This edition of WJCB is the largest yet, with support from Arts Council England’s Transforming Leadership Programme, Garfield Weston Foundation, Art Fund, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland, and PRS Foundation.

Lilli Geissendorfer, director of Jerwood Arts, comments,

‘I’m delighted that Bluecoat has been selected to host a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Fellow. Bluecoat applied to be part of the programme before Covid-19 had been identified, so it is heartening that making their organisation more diverse and inclusive is still high on their agenda despite the additional challenges they are facing. It speaks to the resilience I have been inspired by from all corners of the arts and cultural sector in recent months to find the silver linings in the bleakest of times and commit to creating a stronger sector that everyone will benefit from.’

Mary Cloake, CEO of Bluecoat, said:

“We’re delighted to be hosting a Weston Jerwood Fellowship at Bluecoat. This Assistant Producer role is going to be crucial to the success of our new exhibition programme for local artists and in turn, our wider artist development programme. It’s a fantastic opportunity for someone to start their career in the arts. We’re looking forward to finding a candidate who brings new experience to Bluecoat and a different perspective. We’re keen to find someone we can learn from.”

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2020-2022 programme is designed and produced by Jerwood Arts. It is funded and supported by Arts Council England’s Transforming Leadership Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Art Fund, Arts Council of Wales, The National Lottery through Creative Scotland, British Council, Jerwood Arts and PRS Foundation.

For further information please contact Joanna Rowlands at Bluecoat on [email protected]

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