Bristol Ferment is our artist development programme. Every year we work with artists and companies in a variety of ways to support and develop their work and practice.

Ferment has been running for over 9 years. In that time we’ve developed a number of artists to make work here in the South West that has then toured nationally and internationally. Here’s a BIG LIST of lots of the artists and companies who have engaged with us over the years. Read on to see how Ferment's support has enabled artists to develop some of the most exciting and adventurous theatre the South West has to offer, and how you can get involved.

Want to get involved? Here’s how:

Artist Advisors

The Ferment team are guided and supported by a group of five artist advisors who meet with us four times a year to review the activity of Ferment and how effective the support has been. They provide a level of accountability above our programme and give valued feedback.

Artist advisors are paid a small stipend to cover their time.

We will soon be recruiting for our first group of Artist Advisors. You do not need to have had any previous engagement with the Ferment programme in order to apply. Full details will be publicised in due course.

Other support

Ferment is not the only place where you can find artist development support in Bristol. We’ve created this list of some the various opportunities and organisations around the city and how you can engage with them.

If you’re an organisation or individual offering support in this way and you’d like to be on this map, just drop us a line.

Programming Enquiries

If you would like to make a straightforward programming enquiry, Ferment is not your first port of call. To send tour packs or generally enquire about opportunities to bring finished work to Bristol Old Vic please email our Programming team

Thank You

Ferment is supported by grants from trusts and foundations who have invested directly in artists and the development of their work, through bespoke programmes of research and development, mentoring, dramaturgical support and a variety of public-facing performances, including work-in-progress scratch events, such as Ferment Fortnight.

The Garrick Charitable Trust
The Fidelio Charitable Trust
Unity Theatre Trust

Contact Us

You can invite us to your work by emailing us. We generally need as much notice as possible to make it along (4 to 6 weeks ideally). Unfortunately as a small team, we can’t get around to see everything, but we catch as much as we can. Our open calls will go out on Twitter (@BristolFerment), on our website and through the monthly Forum newsletter, so keep an eye on all our channels.

To join the Ferment Forum and mailing list, click here. To find out all about becoming a Supported Artist, click here.