Rifco Associates

Rifco has made a commitment to delivering a structured pathway of support for British Asian and South Asian artists and creatives called Rifco Associates.

Rifco Associates is a two-year rolling programme of support for artists in early stages of their career and mid-career. This structured programme of support is about opening up access to a wider range of people working in theatre and celebrating the voices of British Asian contemporary artists both on the stage and behind the scenes.

There is a bespoke approach to each Associate through a programme of small commissions, workshops and peer-to-peer mentoring.

The Rifco Associates programme is structured as Year One and Year Two with an initial one-year commitment to up to six artists. A proportion of Associates are then supported for a second year:

Year One

  • Initial meeting to discuss ideas and identify where each Associate needs guidance
  • Associates are granted a seed commission of £500 to research and develop a new idea 
  • An industry mentor acts as a Critical Friend to each Associate with two progress meetings to support realising ideas, signposting other resources and organisations and critiquing the artistic process
  • Providing a platform event for Associate to share initial ideas with each other, a mentor and a carefully selected group of industry peers
  • Two Associate Learn & Share Days providing the opportunity to skill share
  • Advice from Rifco staff team in a range of arts management topics

Year Two

  • Meeting to discuss initial seed commission and identify next steps
  • Bespoke Support Plan developed with budget
  • An Industry mentor to act as a Critical Friend, which may be the same as Year One. Two progress meetings to support Associates including critiquing artistic process
  • Provide an opportunity for Associates to show their work to a wider audience and the wider industry if appropriate
  • Rifco team to provide signposts to ensure that Associates have a solid pathway into the wider industry

Current opportunities:

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Current Rifco Associates:

Sarah Sayeed - Spoken word/musician

Rajinderpal Singh Rakhra - Designer

Daya Kaur Bharj - Playwright/Spoken word

Amarjit Bassan - Playwright

Ameet Chana - Director

Sukh Ojla - Playwright

I think the biggest challenge for me is the fact that there are not enough professional / creative outlets for people of BAME backgrounds. I am going on to Year Two to direct a small studio piece and the experience of handling text, actors, dealing with creatives such as lighting and set designers will prepare me for a move to bigger spaces.” Ameet Chana

I now feel confident about seeking out feedback from industry practitioners to inform my work in the future.” Amarjit Bassan

It was amazing to showcase my work in front of an audience. Thank you Rifco!" Jessica Andrade, Year One Associate 2015-16

It was hugely useful to get feedback on my work from Pravesh Kumar. It made a real difference to me as a writer.” Sukh Ojla

If you would like to find out more about the Rifco Associates Scheme please email: [email protected]

Find out more about the the artists we are working with and their work on the Rifco Associates Blog: rifcoassociates.blogspot.co.uk