Wildfire Rising – an Associate Artist Programme, from Movema & Cheshire Dance

Movema and Cheshire Dance are delighted to launch “Wildfire Rising” – a paid Associate Artist Development Programme.

We have been developing, consulting, and curating platforms with artists, dance organisations and funders in the northwest over the past 3 years to really understand the barriers for underrepresented dance artists.

Thanks to Arts Council England, our collaboration with Cheshire Dance and our partners.

We bring you Wildfire Rising at a timely moment, post the resurgance of the Black Lives Matter Movement and COVID pandemic. 

Wildfire Rising is an artist programme that removes the barriers of inequality by investing in and supporting artists from the African, South Asian, East Asian and South East Asian Diasporas. Cheshire Dance and Movema are looking for three North West based dance artists who will each take part in paid, bespoke professional development and reflection, receiving 3.5k which includes a £1.5k commission and support to develop their own dance work.

Through ‘Wildfire Rising‘, Cheshire Dance and Movema are:

  • Investing in and supporting dance artists from African, South Asian, East Asian and South East Asian diasporas to make way for the rising of their artistry, representation and development.
  • Increasing representation of artists from African, South Asian, East Asian and South East Asian diasporas in both of our organisations – at all levels.
  • Learning about what the barriers are to African, South Asian, East Asian and South East Asian diaspora artists engaging with our organisations (as participants and artists), and subsequently using the learning to develop the diversity of our organisations.
  • Reducing inequalities in dance.
  • Learning about the needs of artists from African, South Asian, East Asian and South East Asian diasporas and using our voices and platforms to feed this understanding into wider strategic conversations with Arts Council England and Dance Consortia North West (DCNW) to ensure development of relevant support systems for artists.
  • Generating and developing trust and shifting perceptions of our organisations as places where people of diverse cultural and racial backgrounds are welcome, valued and feel ‘at home’.

Full information can be found at HERE or by downloading an information pack here.
For questions or queries, please get in touch with Cheshire Dance at: artists@cheshiredance.org.