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!

Upcoming AGM

Phakama will hold it’s Annual General Meeting on the 14th December from 9:30-10:30 am.

This is open to the public – if you would like to attend please contact Bibi at

Young Artist Bursary

Phakama want to GIVE artists the space, time and means to create, experiment and be.
We want to GAIN greater perspectives of (new) arts practices and raise our profile.

Empowering and working alongside young people has always been at the heart of what we do at Phakama. Supporting young people’s creativity is what drives us and makes this organisation special.

We want to encourage and support you to make these creative ideas become a reality by offering seed funding of up to £1000 a year to a creative young person or group aged 16-25.

We hope that this seed funding will give you the opportunity to test out your idea, and develop your creativity whilst complementing Phakama’s vision. This bursary should help you realise your potential to create and lead daring projects.
At the end of your project, in agreement with the young artist, there is the possibility for Phakama to take this on as a core project.
You can find out more here!