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Arts Foundation

The Arts Foundation supports emerging talent in the Arts. Whether exploring new avenues or consolidating existing work this £10,000 fellowship has proved crucial in the success of many award winners.

The Foundation gives financial assistance to talented, emerging artists at a time in their careers when they have shown commitment to, and reached some professional standing in, their artform. At this critical stage, a period of relative security in order to explore new avenues or consolidate existing work is often crucial.

Awards of £10,000 are made to assist the artists with living and working expenses and are made on the basis of both talent and need to artists living and working in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. In 2013 the Foundation announced that it would be giving awards of £1,000 to each runner up in each of the categories.

The Fellowship Scheme

Six art forms are chosen each year across the fields of fine and performing arts, literature, craft and new media. The Foundation uses leading practitioners and experienced professionals whose key positions enable them to identify the most talented and deserving artists in each of the six art forms.

The use of nominators allows the Arts Foundation to function efficiently and economically without the need for large administrational overheads. It also makes the exploration of less supported art forms possible such as Circus, Documentary Making, Conducting, Short Story Writing, Curation and Digital Art, to name but a few.

The Fellowships are announced annually in London at The Arts Foundation Awards.

The 2015 applicants have now been nominated by experts across the UK and the shortlists will be announced in Autumn.

Further Opportunities

  • RSA Morton Award 2018

    The RSA Morton Award (£5,000) is for artists working in a lens-based media in Scotland The award is funded by The Morton Charitable Trust and administered by the Royal Scottish Academy and consists of: Monetary award to research, develop and produce… Read More

  • SSW Graduate Award Programme

    Scottish Sculpture Workshop is delighted to be launching a new annual Graduate Award programme which has been devised in collaboration with previous artist residents and graduate award winners The award is supported through partnerships with five Scottish Universities: Duncan of Jordanstone College… Read More

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