New Streetwise Opera team member

Streetwise Opera is delighted to welcome Charlotte Bindels to the team! A graduate from Cambridge University, Charlotte is one of 40 young people to receive a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries paid work placement at arts organisations around the UK.

Charlotte will be Project Assistant at Streetwise Opera from September 2015 to August 2016. During this time she will have the opportunity to work as part of our Workshop Programme Team, which uses music to help people who have experienced homelessness to make positive changes in their lives.

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme is developing talent and diversity in the arts by committing £430,000 directly to young people from lower income backgrounds. The programme is run by Jerwood Charitable Foundation with the support of Garfield Weston Foundation, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust. It aims to create a more level playing field for talented individuals to break into competitive arts careers.

Between now and September 2016, 40 outstanding recent graduates will undertake paid vocational placements in 40 of the UK’s most dynamic arts organisations including Citizens Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Hepworth Wakefield, The Lowry, Opera North, National Theatre Wales, Prime Cut, Sadler's Wells, and Turner Contemporary. During their placements, bursary recipients will have the opportunity to kick-start their careers by working directly on major productions and events with some of the country’s leading artists, performers and cultural leaders.

The programme was officially launched at Jerwood Space in London by award-winning writer and director David Lan, who is Artistic Director of the Young Vic and Chair of the influential What Next? movement. He was joined by representatives from the supporting charitable foundations, the 40 host organisations and a number of bursary recipients, both from this edition of the programme and alumni of the 2010-2012 pilot programme, the DCMS Jerwood Creative Bursaries.

David Lan said: ‘These Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries are ways in. Each is a little miracle, all 40 of them. And more, we hope, to come. Each an individual doorway. They are of immense, incalculable value - to those that receive them and to us all. They're a marvellous act of creativity.’

Kate Danielson, Programme Director of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries, comments: ‘The 40 placements on offer exemplify the extraordinary range of roles available within arts.  They range from Trainee Dancer at Phoenix Dance in Leeds and Business Development Assistant at Writers Centre Norwich to Digital Artist in Residence at Clean Break in London and Gallery Technical Officer at g39 in Cardiff. They are all vital new roles which seek to develop talented individuals whilst providing the capacity and resources needed to sustain innovation and quality in our finest arts organisations, and in the sector as a whole.’

In addition to their placement, bursary recipients will receive support outside their host organisations through a dedicated mentor, and professional development through the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Training Programme, which will run as a central component of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries.

For more information about the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries, visit