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At the heart of English folk

Creative Artist Residencies

Applications for the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s (EFDSS) Creative Artist Residency scheme 2015/16 have now closed.

Through these residencies we are able to offer a number of artists the opportunity to explore creative work linked to traditional English folk arts.

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.

How do I apply?

Application information for 2016/17 will be available in Spring 2016.

If you have any questions relating to the scheme or the application then please contact Neil Pearson, Artist Development and Programming Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Full English

The Full English

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