Who can apply: Time Space Money is an open programme for artists and arts organisers, a-n members and non a-n members are eligible to apply.
What: Bursaries of £500 – £1,500 for continued professional practice.
When: Activity taking place up until 31 December 2020.
Applications open: 12 noon, Thursday 16th April 2020.
Deadline for applications: 12 noon, Thursday 7th May 2020.


Overview

a-n The Artists Information Company is offering bursaries of £500 – £1,500 to help support those whose livelihoods have been impacted by Coronavirus Covid-19. We’re bringing the application process forward for the next round of a-n Bursaries, and also working with Arts Council England to distribute £300,000 of financial support as part of the programme.

Time Space Money is an emergency response fund to support artists and arts organisers to enable them to continue their professional practice at this critical time.

We encourage applications from artists working in all visual arts disciplines that reflect innovative and ambitious thinking, and arts organisers such as art handlers, technicians, art installers, conservators and restorers, and those who work with artists in the production of their work and exhibitions.

Deadline for applications: 12 noon, Thursday 7th May 2020.


How to apply

Applications are submitted via an online application form.

Please read Further information and Application guidance below before starting your application.

We advise you to first write your application offline and to then transfer your answers to the online form. Please note that you will not be sent a copy of your submitted application, therefore we encourage you to save your own copy offline.

You will be asked for the following:

  • Your contact details
  • Whether you are currently an a-n member (if you are not, you can still apply for a bursary if you are based in England and are an artist or arts organiser)
  • A short overview of your proposed bursary (up to 40 words)
  • An outline of your artistic practice and/or your current employment circumstances (up to 150 words)
  • A full description of your proposed bursary activity (up to 150 words)
  • Why is this activity critical to your artistic practice under the current circumstances related to Covid-19? How will the activity benefit you in the short and long term? (up to 150 words)
  • Amount applied for (£500 – £1,500)
  • An outline of your budget (up to 100 words)
  • Upload your current CV in pdf format (maximum 2 pages no larger than 5MB). Use the following filename FIRSTNAME_SURNAME (eg JOHN_SMITH)
  • A link to your website, online portfolio or other means of viewing your work online
  • Equal opportunities monitoring information (this information is separated, anonymised and does not form part of the selection process).

The application form will be accessible until 12 noon, Thursday 7th May 2020.

Due to the expected volume of applications, we strongly advise you to submit your application in advance of the deadline day.

We regret that we are not able to provide advice on developing individual applications. However, should you need any technical support or have questions about the application requirements, including access requirements, please contact us by email at [email protected]


Further information

1. Who can apply?

Time Space Money is open to current a-n Artist or Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) members who are practising visual artists at any stage of their career, based in the UK (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales) with a UK bank account. If you are not currently an a-n member, your application can only be considered for a bursary if you are based in England and work in a self-employed freelance capacity (which may include those on multiple short term PAYE contracts). We encourage applications from artists working in all visual arts disciplines and arts organisers who work with artists to help them make their work or realise exhibitions. Applicants who may not already have an extensive track record working in the publicly funded culture sector will be considered.

Become a member.

Check your membership type.

Time Space Money will prioritise applications from disabled practitioners.

We are not accepting applications from:

  • a-n Student members
  • Students (directly or indirectly) in statutory education, further education or higher education (undergraduate or postgraduate) for activities directly linked to their formal course of study or those who are undertaking any full-time study during the bursary period
  • Members living outside of the UK

Please note that Arts Council England is also offering an Emergency Response Fund for Individuals. If you apply to both a-n Bursaries: Time Space Money AND Arts Council England Emergency Response Fund for Individuals and you are successful for both, you may only accept ONE of these awards.

2. What activity can be supported?

Time Space Money is intended to support one of the following:

Continued professional practice. Have the current circumstances related to Coronavirus Covid-19 prevented you from continuing your practice? A bursary through this programme could support you by offering Time, Space, or Money to help stabilise and alleviate the impact on your practice, to enable it to thrive in new ways in the future. You must be an a-n Artist or Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) member to be considered for this type of bursary.

Or

Self-employed freelancers (or those on multiple short-term PAYE contracts) who work to support the production of exhibitions and/or art work who have experienced an impact on their income. This includes (but is not limited to) self-employed art handlers, technicians, art installers, conservators and restorers, and those who help other artists in the production of their work. You must be based in England to be considered for this type of bursary.

The Time Space Money programme does not expect you to deliver creative outputs using this funding during this time. However, we recognise you may want to explore new opportunities or refocus your practice.

Reference to loss of earnings and other economic hardships can also be included as part of your proposed bursary activity.

Bursary activity might include, but is not limited to:

  • Studio or workshop rent
  • Outgoings such as mortgage or rent
  • Lost income such as cancelled contracts for future work
  • Time to rethink/recreate your creative space
  • Research and Development
  • Market development
  • Online skills development/courses
  • Website development as a way to present your work due to limited other physical means at present
  • Portfolio development
  • Professional memberships
  • Tools for business development in relation to your artistic practice
  • Expert consultations (eg for business development, modelling, planning associated with your practice)

Examples of activity that can’t be supported include:

  • Applications made only for the purchase of materials or equipment, however this could be included as part of a broader application where learning through making is vital and clearly beneficial in the long-term. Material or making costs should no be more than 50% of the total amount asked for
  • Applications that fund the making of new or unfinished work or projects for exhibition, art fair or sale, however this could be one element of a broader application
  • Applications that focus on museum practice that is not related to the visual arts
  • Higher education tuition fees and associated costs

3. How much can be applied for?

£500 – £1,500

4. What is the selection process?

Applications will be reviewed by a peer selection panel and Time Space Money bursaries will be awarded at their discretion.

We will inform applicants about the outcome of their application as soon as possible once decisions have been made. Please note that, however, since this is an emergency response fund, our notice period for making and processing applications is much shorter than usual. We may need to adjust our timelines depending on the volume of applications we receive.

5. Feedback

We are expecting a very high volume of applications for this programme. This means if we are unable to offer you funding, we will unfortunately not be able to give feedback on this occasion. If you are a member of a-n you will be able to access ongoing advice and information.

6. Reporting requirements

Receiving a bursary comes with an obligation to complete the activity outlined in your proposal and you will be required to submit a final activity report by the deadline of 31 December 2020. Bursary recipients will also be required to contribute to the evaluation of the programme.

Application guidance

Please find some notes below to support you when you fill out your application form. Please abide by the word count limits. Applications exceeding the word count will not be considered.

Provide a short overview of your proposed bursary (up to 40 words)

This short outline should communicate the most important aspects of your proposal – what is it you want to do?

Please provide an outline of your artistic practice and current employment circumstances (up to 150 words)

Don’t assume the panel is familiar with your work. This is a space to introduce what you do, and how and why you do it. Share your interests, motivation and process in a clear and concise way. Please also explain your current employment circumstances and how the changes related to Coronavirus Covid-19 may have impacted on your income.

Provide a full description of your proposed bursary activity (up to 150 words)

Use this space to expand on the information in the short outline to tell us more about your proposed activities. You don’t need to repeat the information provided in the short outline.

Try to be as specific as you can. For example, if you want to undertake research and development, tell us why, where and how the research will take place. Who will you meet or network with, how will you make this happen under the current physical limitations? What course do you want to do, or whose expertise will you consult and how? If you are applying for a bursary to cover studio rent, what will you work on during this period?

You may wish to draw on several different activities together to form a bespoke programme that makes the most of the bursary to suit your needs during current circumstances.

Why is this activity critical to your artistic practice under the current circumstances related to Covid-19? How will the activity benefit you in the short and long term? (up to 150 words)

Tell us why this particular activity will make a significant difference for you now. Try to be as specific as possible. We want to know why this activity is crucial in order to stabilise and secure the future of your practice. Tell us how these activities will impact on your current position. What new opportunities could it open up for you that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to do without the bursary? Link the activity to your ongoing practice so we can understand why what you’re proposing is vital to your artistic career.

Amount applied for

You can apply for between £500 – £1,500.

Outline of budget (up to 100 words)

a-n is committed to ensuring artists are fairly paid for activities they undertake. Please see our guidance to include a reasonable artist fee for yourself or anyone else you work with in your budget.

Please give us some information on how the bursary award might be spent. Try to break down and itemise the amount by separating out different costs. Refer to the a-n’s budget resource for guidance.

Your budget must total the amount you are applying for.

If you will be supplementing the budget with your own funds, other secured financial support or in-kind support please clarify this here.

Current CV in PDF format

Upload your current CV in pdf format (maximum 2 pages no larger than 5MB). Use the following filename FIRSTNAME_SURNAME (eg JOHN_SMITH).

Website

Add a link to your website, online portfolio or other means of viewing your work online.

If you do not have a website, alternative ways to share examples of your practice could be a Dropbox folder of images or a link to a video sharing website such as YouTube (if applicable).

Please do not include links to personal social media accounts, unless they are solely dedicated to your artist practice and present only your own artwork.

Equal opportunities monitoring information

This information is separated, anonymised and does not form part of the selection process.


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