Where are we now? And where next? At a time of huge uncertainty in the world, how can artists and artists’ groups adapt to navigate turbulent cultural and political landscapes? What strategies and creative approaches might be required and how might artists reflect upon these landscapes? What thinking might be needed? What might the roles of artists be in this new climate?

a-n The Artist Information Company is offering bursaries of £1,500 – £3,000 for artist-led groups wishing to actively engage with any of these questions. We are open to proposals for activities that provoke, reflect, question and consider new strategies and approaches.

Activity must be completed by end December 2017. All bursaries come with an obligation to report on activity, to share with the community on www.a-n.co.uk and beyond. a-n plans to create a publication based on outcomes of the bursary activity, so there will also be an expectation to be open to involvement in this process.

In the last three years a-n has awarded over £180,000 of bursaries directly to its Artist members supporting them to travel, network and develop professionally. Bursaries are part of a-n’s commitment to professional development provision within a programme that also includes events, online toolkits and expert guides.

Deadline for applications: 12 noon Thursday 2 March

Application form

Eligibility: Artists who hold a current a-n Artist membership and are active within a UK-based artist-led group are eligible to make an application.


  • Students on an undergraduate course.
  • Artists within 24 months of completing an undergraduate course.
  • Initiatives or groups which have not yet been formed or that have been in existence for less than 12 months.

Value: Awards of £1,500 – £3,000.

How to apply:

Use our application form to provide the following information.

  1. Contact details for artist applying on behalf of the group and their a-n Artist membership expiry date.
  2. Name and brief description of the artist-led group including names of all members.
  3. Provide a short and clear description of your proposed bursary activity (up to 100 words).
  4. Outline your budget, amount applied for and estimate your timescale.
  5. Why is the opportunity provided by this bursary crucial to the artistic development of the artists’ group? (up to 350 words)
  6. How might your peer network benefit from your participation in the bursary activity? (up to 200 words)
  7. Name and contact details for an established artist or arts professional who knows your work well enough to recommend you for this bursary.

Sending your application

Send the following 3 pdf files to [email protected] with ‘Artist-led Bursary’ in the email header:

  1. Your application form saved as a pdf (with your name first in the title eg Freda_Bloggs_Bursary_Application)
  2. Description of the artist-led initiative or group including links to relevant websites (in 1 pdf file, with your name first in the title eg Freda_Bloggs_group_description)
  3. A completed equality and diversity monitoring form for the artist applying (in 1 pdf file with your name first in the title eg Freda_Bloggs_EDform)

Applications accepted from now and up to 12 noon Thursday 2 March 2017.

Please note:

  • In submitting an application you confirm that you meet the eligibility criteria (set out above) and are not excluded by any of the exclusions (set out above).
  • In order to preserve as much money for bursaries, a-n can’t respond to requests for advice in shaping applications or queries about the terms or eligibility criteria.
  • We advise not leaving the sending of your application to the last day.
  • The decision to award or not is at the discretion of a-n The Artists Information Company.
  • Bursaries come with an obligation to produce a blog about activity carried out to share learning and progress with the artists’ community on a-n.co.uk/blogs.
  • Activity must be completed by end December 2017.