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At the heart of English folk
Creative artist residencies

English Folk Dance and Song Society invites applications for creative artist residencies

Dancers, poets, storytellers, musicians, visual, digital or multimedia artists are being invited to apply for the 2015/16 round of creative artist bursaries offered by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).

EFDSS, which runs the national folk arts centre Cecil Sharp House in London, makes up to four awards annually to fund the research and development of new work linked to the folk arts.

The creative artist residencies are part of EFDSS’ Artists’ Development Programme that provides professional development support, both creative and business, to artists.

The Creative Bursary Award includes the daytime use of rehearsal rooms at Cecil Sharp House (but not 24 hour storage space), access to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, and a grant of up to £2,000 to cover costs and expenses.

“Since the creative artist bursaries programme was launched in 2012, we have supported contemporary and folk dance choreographers, storytellers, and classical and folk musicians and composers.

“We have been delighted to see many artists go on to create full shows and new music for CDs from the research and development EFDSS has supported.

“We are always keen to hear from people who are interested in exploring the potential of the English folk arts from a cross-genre, cross-arts, or cross-culture creative view point.”

Katy Spicer, EFDSS Chief Executive


Application information

Applications are now closed - many thanks to all who applied.

The successful candidates will be announced in early Summer.

Find out more about EFDSS’ Artist Development programme


Previous Creative Artist Residencies


Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin – music
Emily Portman  - music
Polly Paulusma – mixed media project featuring music and prose


Sam Sweeney – music and storytelling
Ben Nicholls – music
Kerry Fletcher and Natasha Khamjani – mixed media featuring music and dance
Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker - music


Rachel Rose Reid – storytelling
Alison Rowley – orchestral music
Jack Harris – music
Darren Ellis – dance


Find out more about previous residencies



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