The Tim Gebbels Bursary Scheme

Still of Tim Gebbels for Extant's Show Real project. Tim in light grey jumper and black jacket standing with hands in his pockets

UPDATE: Click on the link below for more information on the nomination process.

Nomination process​

February 2017, Extant lost a dear friend and long-time collaborator, Tim Gebbels. Tim made a huge contribution to our theatre company since we started 20 years ago, and an even bigger contribution to attitudes towards visually impaired people within the performing arts sector. As a way of remembering Tim and the impact he had on our work, Extant set up The Tim Gebbels Bursary Fund so that other visually impaired artists will be able to follow their dreams.

Between November 2017 and January 2018, we asked friends and supporters of our company, and of Tim himself, to donate to the bursary fund. Thanks to their generosity, we now have a bursary fund of £3,000 with which we will be able to support UK-based visually impaired artists who find themselves at a crossroad in their career and want to try something new – perhaps to develop a new artistic idea, take part in an artistic event or undertake some training – which they couldn’t do without financial support.

We are now inviting nominations to the scheme and you can find out how to nominate yourself or to nominate someone by clicking on the links below:

Nomination form

Self-nomination form

Send your completed nomination form to with 'Bursary nomination' in the subject line.

The scheme will be open for nominations from Monday, 26th February and will close at 5 pm on Friday, 23rd March 2018. Decisions will be made by a panel of advisors and announced in the middle of April 2018.