In autumn 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic and with the help of funding from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund we launched the Back to the Studio scheme – offering dancers and physical theatre performers a week of no-pressure studio time and £1000 to cover living expenses to help restart their creative practice.

The initial programme included 26 artists – 10 were artists we hand picked because of our long standing working relationships and the other 16 came from our open application process. We were overwhelmed not just by the number of applications we received (8x times more than we had funding available for) but also the quality and talent on display. It was very difficult to decide who to support (we are grateful for Balbir Singh’s help with the selection process), so we extended the scheme as far as budgets would allow and is clear that this kind of support is vital to the sector.