Who can apply: a-n Artist members, Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) members.
What: 20 bursaries of £600 to attend the launch of Berlin Biennale or Manifesta 12 in Palermo, Sicily.
When: Berlin Biennale (Public launch: 8 June) or Manifesta 12 (Preview: 15-16 June).
Deadline for applications: 3pm, Monday 5 March 2018.


a-n is offering 20 bursaries of £600 to Artist members to enable attendance either to the preview of Berlin Biennale or the preview of Manifesta 12 in Palermo, Sicily, both launching in June 2018.

Both events offer an exceptional chance to see work by internationally regarded artists and to benefit from networking with the many UK and international curators, artists and arts leaders who attend. Successful applicants will be required to produce a review or a blog response for the a-n website to share their experience with the wider membership. a-n will also be programming coverage of the two events on a-n News. Your writing may be re-presented, or you may be commissioned separately to write for a-n News.

The 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art takes place from 9 June to 9 September 2018, at various venues in Berlin. It will be curated by Gabi Ngcobo, who has invited Moses Serubiri (Kampala, UG), Nomaduma Rosa Masilela (New York, US), Thiago de Paula Souza (São Paulo, BR), and Yvette Mutumba (Berlin, DE) to collaborate with her as the curatorial team.

Manifesta is the European Nomadic Biennial, held in a different host city every two years. Palermo was selected to host Manifesta 12 for its representation of two important themes that identify contemporary Europe: migration and climate change and how these issues impact our cities. Palermo is also the 2018 Italian Capital of Culture.

In 2017 a-n Biennial Bursaries were awarded to 23 artists to attend Venice Biennale and Documenta. See their blog and review responses to Documenta and Venice Biennale.

Deadline for applicants: 3pm, Monday 5 March 2018

How to apply

Applications are submitted via this form: www.a-n.co.uk/apply-for-a-biennial-bursary

You must be logged in to your a-n membership to access the form. Only current Artist and Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) members can apply. The form is available until 3pm Monday 5 March 2018.

You will be asked for the following:

  • Your contact details.
  • If you have a preference between Berlin Biennale or Manifesta.
  • How might you benefit from attending Berlin Biennale or Manifesta and why is this the right time for you to attend? (up to 200 words).
  • How might your network of peers benefit from your participation in the bursary activity? (up to 200 words).
  • Contact details of an established artist or arts professional who knows your practice well enough to recommend you for this bursary.
  • Upload of your current CV (in pdf format) and link to your website, online portfolio or other means of viewing your work online.
  • Equality and Diversity monitoring information (this information is separated, anonymised and does not form part of the selection process).

You can save the form mid process and return to it – you must save the link you are provided with and can email the link to yourself. You will receive a confirmation email when you have successfully submitted your application.

Whilst we can’t respond to requests for advice in shaping applications if you need to contact us email [email protected]

Further information

1. Who can apply?

Current a-n Artist and Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) members with a UK bank account. Become a member here.

2. How much can be applied for and what can be supported?

Bursary amounts are £600 to attend either Berlin Biennale or Manifesta during their professional launch events. The bursary is intended to contribute to costs associated with attendance including: travel, accommodation, caring costs and access needs.

3. What is the selection process?

Bursary applicants will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • Demonstrating how attending their chosen biennial will be valuable to their professional development.
  • Being clearly motivated to attend Berlin Biennale or Manifesta to grow their professional networks.
  • Demonstrating how their network of peers might benefit from their attendance at the biennial.

The selection panel will be made up of a-n staff and advisors.

4. Why do a-n offer bursaries?

a-n Artist Bursaries aim to:

  • Support artists’ practice and ongoing professional development.
  • Enable artists to be visible and represented at internationally significant artworld events.
  • Provide artists with much needed financial support for activity that might not be eligible for other funding.

5. What can’t be supported?

  • Application from students on an undergraduate course.
  • Applications from artists within 24 months of completing an undergraduate course at the time of applying.
  • Applications from artists who received a Travel or Professional Development bursary from a-n in 2016 or 2017.
  • Applications from artists who received a Venice/Documenta Bursary from a-n in 2017.
  • Applications from artists without a current a-n Artist or Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) membership.
  • Applications from members who do not have a UK bank account.
  • Applications from ‘Arts Organiser’ members.
  • Any incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline of 3pm Monday 5 March 2018.

6. Conditions and notes

  • In submitting an application, you confirm that you meet the eligibility criteria (See Further information ‘Who can apply’) and are not excluded by any of the exclusions (See Further information ‘What Can’t Be Supported?’).
  • In order to preserve as much money for bursaries, a-n can’t respond to requests for advice in shaping applications.
  • We advise you to not leave submitting 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 or a review about biennial experiences to share learning and progress with the artists’ community on a-n. Blogs: a-n.co.uk/blogs Reviews: www.a-n.co.uk/reviews.
  • By accepting a bursary offer you commit to taking part in evaluation of the bursary programme and providing feedback following activity completion.
  • Members will only be able to accept one a-n member opportunity each in 2018. If you receive an offer from us and have further applications pending we will manage this process with you on an individual basis.

More on a-n.co.uk

Top tips on applying for a-n member opportunities: a-n’s External Programmes and Partnerships Manager Hannah Pierce offers advice on what the panel will be looking for in a good application.

a-n Blogs: read posts from a-n members who received Biennial Bursaries for Documenta and Venice Biennale in 2017.