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Curve, Lowry and Bristol Old Vic launch scheme to nurture work by artists of colour

Leicester's Curve, the Lowry in Salford and Bristol Old Vic have launched the new initiative together
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Leicester’s Curve, the Lowry in Salford and Bristol Old Vic have launched a new initiative to support the creation and touring of new work by artists of colour.

The Naseem Khan Commissions programme is named after the activist and journalist who died last year.

It will give three artists or companies from ethnically diverse backgrounds £2,000 worth of funding, 18 months of support, rehearsal space and programmed slots at all three theatres.

Applicants should be based in the East Midlands, Bristol/South West or Greater Manchester.

The deadline for applications is September 28, with interviews taking place at Leicester’s Curve on October 19. Details of how to apply can be found here.

Curve chief executive Chris Stafford and artistic director Nikolai Foster said: “We’re proud this programme is named after Naseem Khan, whose ground-breaking report – The Arts Britain Ignores and Diversity in British Theatre – inspired our diversity conference in 2016.

“We were honoured Naseem visited Curve to deliver the opening address and it is fitting her legacy should live on with this programme.”

Ben Atterbury, of Bristol Old Vic’s Ferment artist development programme, said, the industry needed to “continue to try to redress the inequalities” within it.

“We’re delighted to be part of an initiative that specifically looks to support outstanding black, Asian and minority ethnic artists to make the work they want to make, holding them up to the light all around the country,” he added.

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