New Diorama Fundraising Masterclass

Here at New Diorama we often get asked to talk to other artists, theatres and organisations about our fundraising.

Following on from the success of our previous Fundraising Masterclasses we are hosting a whole day to talk about fundraising strategy, applying to Trusts and Foundations, attracting and growing individual donors and securing business sponsors for your work.

This exclusive day will focus on what we know best: small organisations creating work that is traditionally hard to fundraise for.

New Diorama currently receive core and project funding from a range of sources including Garfield Weston Foundation, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, John Ellerman Foundation, The Backstage Trust, Cockayne, London Community Foundation, Fenton Arts Trust, Foyle Foundation and Arts Council England. We also have a great track record making the case for our community, outreach and access work and sourcing funding our in-house theatre productions.

During the session we will be looking through successful funding applications, answering your questions and providing practical, actionable tips that you can get to work with straight away. The day will be led by New Diorama's Artistic and Executive Director, David Byrne. 

New Diorama have previously been invited to speak about fundraising by Cause4, Arts Council England, Theatre Deli and Arts Marketing Assocation. This is the first time we’ve hosted our own session and will really be able to drill into the finer detail of making an exceptional funding bid.

All proceeds from New Diorama's Fundraising Masterclass will contribute towards New Diorama's Emerging Companies Fund, which supports early-career theatre companies from across the UK. 


New Diorama Theatre is a pioneering studio in the heart of London dedicated to providing a home for emerging  theatre companies from across the UK. Having opened in 2010, New Diorama has welcomed over 100,000 audience members and has developed productions that have toured both nationally and internationally. Having received two prestigious Peter Brook Awards for their programme and Fringe Theatre of the Year at The Stage Awards 2017, New Diorama were also the recipients of the 2013/14 Les Enfants Terribles Prize and Artistic and Executive Director David Byrne was awarded the OffWestEnd Award for Best Artistic Director in 2014. Supported by a strong multi-award winning community programme, New Diorama were Mayor of Camden’s Official Charity in 2012/13.

"New Diorama's Artistic & Executive Director, David Byrne, is a brilliant and inspirational speaker on arts fundraising. He has spoken to groups of arts professionals across the country, and helped them to have confidence in their work and to confidently ask the public for support."
Amanda Rigali, Director of Programmes Cause 4

"New Dioramas expert guidance has been utterly invaluable to our fundraising process. We have learnt so much from their skilled team and couldn't recommend their mentoring highly enough."
International Touring Company, Idle Motion.