Gill Clarke Bursary Awards 2024

Sharing of work by MA/MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional student Flora Baltz, at Siobhan Davies Studios

This year Independent Dance is offering bursary awards to support practitioners to undertake MA/MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional, a course led by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in partnership with Independent Dance and Siobhan Davies Studios.

The bursary is named in honour of Gill Clarke (1954-2011), a renowned independent dance artist and educator and former Co-Director of Independent Dance. Gill Clarke was key to the development of MA Creative Practice: Dance Professional and the rigorous, curious and playful ethos at the heart of her approach to learning continues to underpin all of Independent Dance’s work today.

This year the Gill Clarke Bursary Award scheme is funded and managed by Independent Dance as part of our 40th birthday celebrations. £10,000 in total is now available through individual awards ranging from £1,000 – £2500. Please read below for detailed criteria and how to apply. Please also note that unless Independent Dance secures further funding, this scholarship will only be available in 2024.

We know that underprivilege and under-representation in the arts works in a layered, intersecting way across race, gender, socio-economic class, neurodiversity, and dis/ability. These bursaries are intended to help reduce financial barriers to postgraduate study, and to support practitioners to undertake MA/MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional who would not otherwise be able to do so.

This bursary is open to application by practitioners based anywhere in the world.

To be eligible, applicants

  • must have accepted the offer of a place on MA/MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional full-time or part-time
  • would not otherwise be able to afford to undertake postgraduate study
  • can demonstrate what positive impact/s the course might have on their and/or other people’s artistic development

Deadline for bursary applications: 1 May 2024

Full guidelines and how to apply here