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Over £100,000 worth of professional development opportunities will be available directly to a-n members in 2018 including:

  • 14 places on the a-n Visual Arts Coaching Course with RD1st
  • 65+ a-n Artist Bursaries
  • 20 a-n Biennial Bursaries
  • 2 further programmes for guidance and coaching sessions offering 25+ opportunities for artists

a-n Biennial Bursaries 2018

Who can apply: a-n Artist members, Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) members.
What: 20 bursaries of £600 to attend the launch of the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art or Manifesta 12 Palermo.
When: Berlin Biennale (public launch 9 June 2018) or Manifesta (public launch 16 June 2018) .
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 for Contemporary Art, in Germany, or the preview of Manifesta 12 Palermo, in Sicily, both launching in June 2018.

Both Berlin Biennale and Manifesta 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.

The 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art will take place at various venues in Berlin and is curated by Gabi Ngcobo. Manifesta is the European Nomadic Biennial, held in a different host city every two years. Palermo was chosen for Manifesta 12 for its representation of two important themes that identify contemporary Europe: migration and climate change, and how these issues impact our cities. The Sicilian capital is also the 2018 Italian Capital of Culture.

a-n Artist Bursaries 2018

Who can apply: a-n Artist members, Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) members.
What: 65+ bursaries between £500 – £1000.
When: Activity taking place between 1 April – 31 December 2018.
Deadline for applications: 3pm Monday 12 February 2018.

a-n is offering 65+ Artist members bursaries to undertake a self-determined schedule of professional development in 2018.

Now in its sixth-year a-n’s bursaries have to date awarded over £275,000 to artist members to develop their practice. Artist Bursaries can support you to learn a new skill, undertake mentoring, curatorial critique, travel within or outside of the UK to research, attend conferences, build networks or collaboration, or a combination of these things. a-n encourages innovative and ambitious thinking focused around what would the most significant difference for you.

Previous bursary activity included research in to environmentally responsible screen printing in Mexico, learning self-publishing and book-binding skills, work in collaboration with Cambridge University neuroscientists, artist-to-artist mentoring, working with professional photographers to learn how to document artwork, mid-career mentoring with curators and establishing an artist-parent support network.

a-n Visual Arts Coaching Course with RD1st 2018

Who can apply: a-n Artist members, Arts Organiser members, Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) members.
What: 14 fully funded course places to become accredited coach, plus a-n bursary of up to £400 for expenses.
When: 8 day programme held at The Dukes Playhouse, Lancaster. Training: 17-19 April 2018, 23-25 May 2018. Accreditation: 21 – 22 June 2018.
Deadline for applications: 3pm, Monday 29 January 2018.

The a-n Visual Arts Coaching Course was launched in 2017 as part of a-n’s commitment to supporting artists’ livelihoods and is the only course of its kind for visual artists.

Last year 16 artists completed the coaching course with Relational Dynamics 1st (RD1st), an organisation that specialises in training people from all professions and backgrounds to be coaches. In completing this course you will undergo coaching which will enable you to access and process thoughts and ideas that will challenge perceived barriers and map out a route to change and development, while also training to become an accredited coach capable of offering others the same opportunity in future.

“The course was very, very good. Never before have I learnt so much about myself as well as gaining so many new skills in such a short period of time. It has changed my outlook on life and has changed my life for the better… I have started coaching 6 artists.” Dorian Jose Braun, a-n Visual Arts Coaching Course 2017 alumni.

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Read a-n blogs from previous successful applicants to our Professional development, Travel, Venice Biennale and Documenta, Artist-led and Visual Arts Coaching Course bursary rounds to learn more about the outcomes of our member opportunities.

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