The Jamie Watton Fund 2020

Two years after Jamie Watton’s death in July 2018, we have relaunched the fund created in his name, this time to support South East based dance artists affected by COVID-19 who have, in many cases, lost almost their entire incomes overnight. 



Dance artist Valerie Ebuwa. Photo Luar Klinghofer Bar Dov

Our late Artistic Director & Chief Executive Jamie Watton was a passionate advocate for the dance sector and in particular the artists who make it such an important part of the UK’s cultural ecology.

At Jamie’s memorial service in October 2018, we launched a fundraising campaign in his name to support the completion of the South East’s new home for dance, The Dance Space.

The sudden and unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on the entire arts sector has prompted us to refocus the fund on those South East artists who have ‘fallen through the gaps’ of arts and cultural emergency funding. Even with the Chancellor’s welcome announcement of a record £1.57 billion package to save the arts from the brink, there is not yet any indication how independent artists will be supported, or how long they will have to wait.

Applications to the fund are now open - find out more and apply

Watch our film about The Jamie Watton Fund 2020

Watch our Jamie Watton Fund 2020 film