The Place is blazing the trail for talented graduates in the creative industries

28 Feb 2018

Recent graduate Reece McMahon is starting work at The Place after landing a place on a prestigious nationwide programme promoting new talent in the arts.

Reece is one of just 40 recent graduates from around the country picked to receive a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary. Reece will spend 12 months working as Assistant Producer at The Place as a paid placement in line with Living Wage Foundation guidelines.

Eddie Nixon, Director of Theatre & Artist Development said: “We’re really excited to have Reece working with us and to be part of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme. We're passionate about supporting the development of dance as an artform and to do this we are investing in the people behind the scenes who play an essential role in in the process. Making sure we have access to the widest pool of talent is absolutely vital to the success of individual organisations like ours and to the arts as a whole.”

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme was set up in 2010 to help arts organisations provide an alternative to the unpaid internships which favour graduates from more privileged backgrounds and act as a gateway into the sector for up 88% of young people working in the arts today.

Now in its third edition, the programme has proved hugely successful on all fronts, with 60% of employers in the programme’s second edition extending contracts with placements, or making them permanent, once the actual bursary ended and 98% of hosts considering ways in which they can target future job opportunities towards low income graduates.

Graduates who have already completed their Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary placements have gone on to a range of senior jobs within the arts. They include: Executive Director of Chisenhale Dance Space in Tower Hamlets, London; Artistic Director of Birmingham’s Fierce Festival; Assistant Curator at the Hepworth, Wakefield; Curator at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester; Producer with the English Touring Theatre and Classical Music Programme Manager for the British Council.

Reece McMahon said: “I’m really proud to be selected and to get a chance like this The Place is a great place to start my career and experience working life in the arts. To be given the opportunity to develop bold, new work with incredible artists in London’s busiest dance venue is an exciting prospect.”

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Note to editors:

  1. Under the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries, host organisations pay 25% of the placement’s wage, with the remaining 75% coming from the bursary fund. All placements will be paid the living wage. The programme will end in February 2019 and the final evaluation of the programme will be completed in summer 2019.
  2. The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2017-19 programme is designed and managed by Jerwood Charitable Foundation in partnership with the British Council. It has been made possible through the combined support of Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, CHK Charities Limited and PRS Foundation.
  3. Jerwood Charitable Foundation: Jerwood Charitable Foundation is dedicated to imaginative and responsible revenue funding of the arts, supporting artists to develop and grow at important stages in their careers. The aim of its funding is to allow artists and arts organisations to thrive; to continue to develop their skills, imagination and creativity with integrity. It works with artists across art forms, from dance and theatre to literature, music and the visual arts. www.jerwoodcharitablefoundation.org  
  4. The arts organisations hosting bursary graduates this year are:

    Battersea Arts Centre Producing Assistant   
    Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival Programme Assistant  
    Cambridge Junction - PRS HOST Assistant Music Producer          
    Capsule Events Ltd Audience Development Assistant         
    Cardboard Citizens Assistant Facilitator        
    Cockpit Arts Special Projects Coordinator    
    Contemporary Dance Trust (The Place) Assistant Producer           
    Culture Squared CIC/Bradford Literature Festival Assistant 
    Curve  Resident Assistant Director   
    Dance4 Graduate Dance Artist         
    Duckie Ltd Junior Producer   
    Farnham Maltings Theatre Administrator      
    Fevered Sleep Digital Content Producer       
    Glasgow International Assistant Curator       
    In Between Time Engagement Officer         
    Literature Wales Development and Communications Officer          
    Liverpool Biennial Education Assistant          
    Manchester Camerata - PRS HOST Camerata in the Community: Assistant Music Producer
    Marlborough Productions CIC Programme Assistant           
    Metal - PRS HOST Assistant Music Producer         
    National Theatre of Scotland  Trainee Digital Associate       
    New Wolsey Theatre  Assistant Director       
    Oh Yeah Music Centre Projects and Promotions Assistant  
    Open School East Young Associates Programme Assistant
    Peckham Platform Learning Assistant          
    Poet in the City Digital Marketing Coordinator          
    Prime Cut Productions Production Manager
    Royal Lyceum Theatre Production Assistant
    Sage Gateshead (North Music Trust) Public Programme Assistant (Great Exhibition of the North)
    Scottish Dance Theatre & Dundee Rep Audience Development Assistant 
    Sheffield Theatres Trust Fundraising Assistant
    Sherman Theatre Social Media Assistant     
    Site Gallery Programme Assistant
    The Clay Foundation CIO / British Ceramics Biennial Programmes Coordinator
    Theatre Royal Plymouth Artistic Officer (Literary and International)
    Touchstones Rochdale Art Gallery/Link4Life Curatorial & Community Engagement Assistant
    Turner Contemporary Audience Development Assistant: Turner Prize
    Whitstable Biennale Programme Assistant
    Yorkshire Dance Creative Projects Assistant (Producing)   

The Place is a creative powerhouse for dance development that is leading the way in dance training, creation and performance. Founded in 1969 The Place is committed to investing in developing choreographic talent and pushing the boundaries of what dance can be. It is one of Europe’s most exciting, innovative dance spaces, where artists from all over the world come to push creative boundaries, to experiment and to perform outstanding new work for audiences who expect to be surprised, inspired and delighted. The Place is home to London Contemporary Dance School, Richard Alston Dance Company, a 280 seat theatre, an extensive range of classes, courses and participatory opportunities for adults and young people and professional development programmes for artists. theplace.org.uk