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Read our 2019/20 Annual Report here!

2019/20 was a year of strengthening partnerships for Phakama. Our wonderful six-month residency at Body & Soul came to a close, we performed
at Graeae Theatre, ran workshops for students at Queen Mary University of London  and School 21, and told stories with the London Early Years Foundation.

Read more here!

The third and final round of the Digital Artist Bursary is open!

One of the reasons we started the Artist Bursaries was to provide a platform for diverse voices to share their ideas and test out their practices.  We have been so delighted to receive a huge amount of strong and creative project proposals for the Digital Artist Bursaries in April andMay. It has been so inspiring to find out more about how artists are finding creative solutions to moving their practices online.

The third round is now open – deadline is the 30th June at 10am – you can download the project brief here.

We are also very happy to be hosting our second Creative Get Together on the 22nd June at 4pm. Register your interest with Bibi –

Second Round of the Digital Artist Bursary is Now Open!

We were blown away by the huge number of strong applications that we received in April, it has been so encouraging to read such a range of diverse and creative ideas to tackle these challenging times!

We’re happy to announce that we are now taking applications for the second round of Digital Artist Bursary projects – for more information download the brief here.

The application deadline is Saturday the 30th May at 10am. Good Luck!

We Are Hiring!

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Creative Director to co-lead Phakama. Phakama, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2021, is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation with collaboration at its heart. Phakama is a small yet highly ambitious organisation that achieves significant impact with limited resources. We find the space and time for people to collaborate and creatively share their experiences through daring performances that transcends age experience and cultures.

The Creative Director role works in tandem with the Creative Producer in order to deliver the artistic aims of the organisation as well as ensuring the financial viability of the organisation.

Artistically this role has a focus on projects with adults and leads on these. This role has a focus on fundraising and is responsible for funding applications and funder relationships.

The successful candidate would be expected to approach this position with an open and pro-active attitude, managing multiple projects and tasks simultaneously. This is a hugely exciting opportunity to work alongside the Creative Producer to take Phakama into the next phase of its development, harnessing its potential, expanding its reach, securing long term funding including working towards the 2022-2026 Arts Council National Portfolio funding application.

Read the full Job Description here.


In order to apply for this position please submit a CV, a Covering Letter and a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to Your Covering Letter should be no more than 2 sides of A4 and you should use the Job Description to demonstrate how you are suitable for this position.

Closing Date: 10am on Tuesday 19th May 2020
1st Interviews: week commencing 25th May 2020
2nd interviews: TBC
Start Date: to be discussed with the successful candidate

Phakama is an equal opportunities employer and our recruitment process is open to all. Our ambition is to achieve greater diversity so that our organisation better reflects the city and country in which we live.

Launching Our New Digital Artist Bursaries!

We’re super excited to be launching our first round of Digital Artist Bursaries!

During this difficult period of physical distancing we want to encourage ways of staying socially connected and increasing solidarity.
We are looking for creative ways for artists to move their practice to digital formats, supporting them to generate new ideas and to reach out to participants who are feeling isolated. We are offering artists seed funding of £500-£1000 which we hope will allow you to test your idea whilst collaborating with and complementing Phakama’s vision.
The deadline for this first round is the 30th April – you can download the project brief here!

We are also very happy to be hosting our first Creative get-together on the 27th April!

This is an opportunity to create some time and space for us to all connect, catch up and share tips and tricks that have been getting us through this difficult period.
If you’d like to join us from 4pm-5pm on Monday 27th April please email Bibi for more details at
We’re looking forward to reconnecting with you then!