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At the heart of English folk

Creative Bursaries

The Creative Bursary scheme invites more established artists for an award of up to £2,000 to support creative research and development. Through these residencies we are able to offer a number of artists the opportunity to explore creative work linked to traditional English folk arts. 

Our current bursaries for 2017 have been awarded to:

  • Alex Vann (Spiro and and Three Can Whale) to create an instrumental concert trio using traditional English tunes as the basis for improvisation where each performance is one piece of improvised music using traditional tunes as the cornerstones;
  • Alma (John Dipper, Emily Askew & Adrian Lever) and Nick Hennessey to devise a new multi media experience including lighting, data projectors and other technology to enhance the performance and build bridges between inherited traditions and modern media experiences;
  • Fiddler Rowan Piggott to explore traditional and contemporary folk songs highlighting the decline and environmental threats to our native honeybee and bumblebees.


Who can apply?

Artists from any art form or genre who wish to explore creative new work that is rooted in the English traditional folk arts. We encourage applications from all artists, at any stage of their career, that have a track record of high quality and ambitious work.

Applications are open to ALL artists from ALL genres

What can EFDSS offer?

Residencies can include the use of Cecil Sharp House, a bursary of up to £2,000 to cover costs and expenses, performance space for showing or sharing the results of your creative explorations, and ongoing support for future development from EFDSS staff.

Every residency is unique with each artist needing a slightly different mix of the above, or even something not listed. The residency aims to support you to explore and create new work, and your application should reflect what you need to do achieve this.

When do I need to start/complete the residency?

All creative residencies must be started and completed between 1 September and 31 March the following year. Some artists have taken six months to think and then produce their work, and others spend a week working solely on one thing.

The deadline for 2017 applications has now passed
Current bursaries to be completed by Wednesday 28 February 2018
The next application process will start in April 2018




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