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Bamboozle Bursary: Spring 2024

A training programme for freelance practitioners in three Levelling Up for Culture Places.  

Bamboozle is committed to creating opportunities for our under-served community of learning disabled and autistic young people to engage in creative activities at their schools. To help us achieve this goal, we are running a training programme for teachers and freelancers in Levelling Up for Culture Places in partnership with three schools – Yeoman Park, Lady Zia Wernher and Priory Woods – supported by Arts Council England. This three-year programme will include this artist training programme in the first year, followed by further opportunities in subsequent years to run residencies in schools alongside Bamboozle artists. 

There are 20 bursary places available for freelance practitioners based in (or committed to working in) the North East, North Midlands or Luton regions. A Bursary will provide you with FREE access to the training (typically £500 for a 3-day course) along with £500 to cover out of pocket expenses connected to travel, accommodation, and potential loss of earnings.  

Area 1: North East 

Three days of training on 20th – 22nd February 2024 at Priory Woods School: 

This is available for those who live in one of these boroughs:  The Tees Valley [Hartlepool, Darlington, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees], County Durham, Sunderland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Northumberland.  

Area 2: North Midlands 

Three days of training on 11th – 13th March 2024 at Yeoman Park School: 

This is available for those who live in one of these boroughs: Mansfield, Ashfield, Bolsover, NE Derbyshire, Erewash, Amber Valley, Chesterfield, Newark & Sherwood, Bassetlaw, Rotherham, Doncaster, Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood, Erewash. 

Please note: Artists who live in Luton can access training in either Area 1 or Area 2.  

We’re looking for applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Have an interest in working with learning disabled children and young people in a learning environment 
  • Live in one of the boroughs listed (or have a strong commitment to work in them) 
  • Have permission to work in the UK 
  • Are available to attend all three days of the training in your selected area

We particularly encourage applications from people who: 

  • identify as having a disability
  • identify as being from the Global Majority 
  • have experience of leading participatory arts practice  

To be considered for a Bamboozle Bursary, please apply by telling us: 

  • your name and art form 
  • how you meet the criteria above (200 written words or 1 min audio) 
  • experience to date (maximum 250 written words or 1 min audio/video) 
  • interest in working with us (maximum 250 written words or 1 min audio/video) 

Applications are now closed for this opportunity. 

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