Wildfire Rising Associate Artist Development Programme: Year 2


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Cheshire Dance and Movema are delighted to announce that we have been successful in securing an ACE Project Grant for Year 2 of our Wildfire Rising Associate Artist Development Programme.

Wildfire Rising (WFR) is an artist development programme that aims to remove barriers of inequality by investing in global majority dance artists and their development, representation, artistry and leadership.

It also involves staff, organisational and sector learning and development. This work is integral to the commitment of Movema and Cheshire Dance’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion promise to dedicate investment, time and resources for the liberation of artists who have experienced racism.

In Wildfire Rising year 2, we will be working with 5 North-West based global majority artists to develop their own practice and projects through bespoke development support and a £1k development budget each. This is holistic in nature supporting the artist as a whole person, acknowledging the intersections and trauma in which they live, and have lived and worked.

Alongside this work with the Associate Artists, we will be running a broader artist development programme which includes:

  • Artist Development days
  • 1:1 Artist Surgeries
  • Inquiring Bodies events

These Inquiring Bodies events will celebrate, create a platform for and raise the profile of global majority artists in the region. They will share the excellent practice of global majority dance artists, creating a broader network and visibility amongst dance artists and organisations.

Inquiring Bodies events are made for dance artists, by dance artists. They create a mutually supportive environment for exploration and open dialogue.

Each event will be led by two global majority Guest Artists (including the Wildfire Rising Associate Artists) who will present and platform their work to other dance artists and the host venue – offering practical opportunities to explore, develop and share practice.

For the artist development days and Inquiring Bodies events, paid bursary places will be available for global majority artists to attend and participate. More details will be shared soon.





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