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New Artist Residencies at Sadler’s Wells

Posted on March 17, 2021

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Sadler’s Wells has announced an open call for a new Artist Residencies programme, available to both artists with five years’ experience or more and artists who have recently embarked on a career in dance. The open call is a direct response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has had a major impact worldwide and on the freelance dance sector in particular. The Artist Residencies aim to support independent artists to get back in the studio and allow them to continue to develop their practice.

Five independent artists will each be offered a week-long residency at Sadler’s Wells with a grant of £2,000, and a bursary of £500. The residency is designed to help artists think, play and develop their practice. The residency will be scheduled at a time to suit the artists between May and November 2021. Sadler’s Wells will offer bespoke support through the process should artists need it. In order to be eligible applicants must be independent artists registered as self-employed, residents of Great Britain, and have five years’ professional experience (not including formal education).

In addition, Sadler’s Wells is offering three Micro Residencies to those who embarked on a career in dance in 2019 or 2020 and whose career may have been unable to start or has been significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. These Micro Residencies will take place over two consecutive days to be scheduled between May and November 2021. Recipients will receive a grant of £800 per Micro Residency, as well as a bursary of £200. Artists will be offered three planning meetings with Sadler’s Wells staff to support their residency. In order to be eligible applicants must have experience in readiness for a career in dance and be a resident of Great Britain.

Sadler’s Wells has appointed an Artist Panel to review applications and select the recipients. The panel is made up of three Sadler’s Wells Associates: Vidya Patel (Young Associate), L’atisse Rhoden (New Wave Associate) and Hetain Patel (New Wave Associate). Sadler’s Wells Producer Robyn Cabaret will also be part of the panel. An expression of interest must be submitted digitally through a written or video/audio statement, via The deadline for applications is March 31 at midnight. Further details on the application process can be found via the Sadler’s Wells website.

Cabaret said: “Offering support to artists has always been a key part of Sadler’s Wells’ mission. I have been particularly inspired by the resilience and tenacity shown by independent artists over the past year, despite the devastating circumstances. We hope this offer will go some way to contributing to vital ongoing support of some of the artists we are already connected with and provide an opportunity to welcome and hear from voices that are new to Sadler’s Wells. It’s a delight to offer support artists to have agency to think and play without the pressure of a particular outcome.”

Pictured: Seeta Patel (Wild Card: Seeta Patel). Photograph by Camilla Greenwell.


Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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