Surf The Wave Go See Bursaries


To support conversations and relationship development between those who make dance and those who present and programme dance, in order for more dance to be shown and seen in all contexts. For UK based artists, venues and programmers.

Bursary details

Applicants can request up to £200 to support travel or accommodation expenses, time and/or tickets.

Initially this support was intended to enable programmers to see more dance. However, from feedback at the Surf The Wave Intensives, we realise there is a huge value in artists visiting venues also, but that this is under-resourced. So, we are opening up the Go See Bursary for the following:

  • Artists to visit a venue or programmer to develop relationships

  • Programmers/ venues to go and see a show

  • Programmers/ venues to visit an artist’s sharing or R and D process

Geographic spread and diversity of artists and venues engaged will be considered in awarding. Roughly eight bursaries will be given each month for nine months. Priority will be given to artists, programmers and venues who attended the Surf The Wave Intensives or the UK Dance Showcase but other artists and programmers can apply (Artists must be professionally touring publicly funded performance work).


To request a Surf The Wave Go See Bursary send an email to Lia at outlining:

  • Your engagement with Surf The Wave so far

  • Who you want to go and see, when and what you hope to gain from the visit. Please give as precise details as possible

  • Amount you wish to request and what it will cover

If awarded a bursary, activity needs to happen within 3 months and you will be asked to provide a short report on how the trip went and what outcomes you have had or anticipate. Brief details on awards given and resulting outcomes will be shared publicly to disseminate learning.

Applicants can only apply for one bursary per round.

Deadlines: Initially- 22 June, 22 July 2019, 22 August. This is a trial period and we will review the process, criteria and impact after the first 3 months.

Criteria for being awarded

The capacity for the proposed activity to support the purpose of the fund.