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Our sector leading facilitator training programme for the West Midlands

Foundry, The Rep’s highly acclaimed artist development programme, has supported artists and creatives from differing disciplines to grow their careers since 2013.

Each year, six successful applicants from across the West Midlands take part in 8 months of paid in-depth training, facilitation practice, coaching, workshops and masterclasses to develop their practice as facilitators in community settings. They work collaboratively with each other across the programme, as well as design and deliver a 12-week project in a community setting alongside an experienced co-facilitator.

On the programme, Foundry artists will:

  • gain valuable and employable skills and experience as arts facilitators
  • develop in-depth knowledge of collaboration and co-creation
  • learn from industry leading experts and professionals
  • showcase their work to a range of arts and cultural organisations as potential employers
  • receive a certificate of completion and a reference from The Rep
  • join a network of like-minded creative people
  • receive free tickets to shows at The Rep
  • be given a budget to develop their 12-week project in a community setting

…and be paid to take part.

Our Partners

We are proud to work in partnership with Sense, the national disability charity, and a fantastic steering group of highly experienced artists with lived experience of D/deafness, disability and neurodivergence to ensure Foundry is truly accessible and inclusive.

How to apply

Applications for Foundry 2024 are now CLOSED.

Find out more and apply for foundry 2024 here

We encourage applications from people with lived experience of D/deafness, disability or neurodiversity, as well as applications from people identifying as global majority.

Find out more about Foundry

Have a question?

If you have any questions or queries, please contact with the subject line ‘Foundry’ for further assistance.

Generously supported by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.