Sensory Theatre Bursaries for Black Creatives

This fund was developed and fundraised by Natalya Martin, with support from Oily Cart, Frozen Light, Attenborough Arts Centre and many more fantastic freelancers. 

Deadline to apply:  9pm, THURSDAY 18TH FEBRUARY 2021. 

ALL applicants will be contacted whether successful or not, week commencing: 8TH MARCH 2021

There are 3 bursaries available. If successful, each bursary recipient will receive £650 to put towards (but not limited to) the cost of accessing training, networking events, purchasing books or materials related to developing skills in sensory theatre. 


This fund is open to Black creatives (including Black Mixed Race creatives), who are based in the UK, that have an interest in developing skills and experience in sensory theatre. This fund is for newcomers to sensory theatre and it is encouraged that people from any and all backgrounds apply. Including teachers, artists, musicians, theatre-makers, community organisers and carers, to name a few. There is no age limit on this fund. 

Please do not apply to the fund if the criteria above does not apply to you. 


The 3 successful applicants will also be paired up with a 'sensory friend'. The role of the 'sensory friend' is to be a point of contact for you, if you have any questions, thoughts or just want a bit of advice. 

Any other support or opportunities that can be offered by the 'sensory friend' you are paired with, will be up to their discretion and will not be related to the sensory theatre bursaries. Whom you are paired with will depend on where you are located.


This is a no-strings-attached bursary. All that will be asked of you is that you stay in touch and share your journey with Natalya through informal updates, in a way that suits you. Whether that is through email, phone call, zoom or otherwise. 

Decisions will be made by the Sensory Theatre Bursaries panel. This panel includes: Natalya Martin and members of Oily Cart. Bursaries will be awarded to those whom we feel will benefit the most.

Below you will find a link to the form, with the application questions. You can either submit via filling out this form, or record a video/voice recording answering these questions. The video/voice recording should be no longer than 5 minutes. 

You can email this video/voice recording to with the subject: SENSORY BURSARY

Please get in touch if you would prefer a different application format / want to talk through the questions over the phone. Email: