Support for England’s Artists and Creative Practitioners

A development fund designed to support independent creative practitioners and ensure excellence is thriving in England’s arts and culture sector. First Round Deadline Imminent

Developing your Creative Practice is a new fund provided by Arts Council England. The programme is designed to support independent creative practitioners to ensure excellence is thriving in England’s arts and culture sector.

The fund will create more pathways for individuals, from a range of creative practices and backgrounds. It will allow creative practitioners the time and space to undertake ambitious research and development, helping to make a step-change in their practice.

The Arts Council will invest £3.6 million per year through the programme. Individuals will have the opportunity to apply for between £2,000 and £10,000, to take a dedicated period of time to focus on their own creative development, and propel them to the next stage in their practice.

Applications are welcomed from practitioners who have identified a clear development opportunity. This could be a period of research, time to create new work, travel (including international working), training, developing future ideas, networking or mentoring.

Individual artists and/or creative practitioners in England may apply. The programme supports activities focused on a range of artforms and disciplines, including music; theatre; dance; visual arts; literature; combined arts; and museums practice. The term ‘creative practitioners’ includes dancers, choreographers, writers, translators, producers, publishers, editors, musicians, conductors, composers, actors, directors, designers, artists, craft makers, and curators.

Applicants must apply as an individual, or as a small group of practitioners who usually collaborate in their work. This could include, for example, artists who usually create work together, or writers and their translators.

There are four rounds per year for this programme.

Round 4 will open for applications on 17 January 2019 and close at 12pm (noon) on 21 February 2019.

To read the guidance and apply click here