One of the perks of having a studio at Spike Island, Bristol, is that – along with funds that we raise running bars at our annual open studios event – 10 percent of our rent is kept aside to fund studio holder projects. We run a quarterly bid for funds, offering two £250 opportunities each time. Studio holders pitch projects and vote for those they want to fund. It’s a constructive model for investing in the studio group as a whole and providing relatively small amounts of funding that can make an enormous difference to enabling artists projects to happen.
This time around I was lucky enough to win the support of my fellow studio holders for a bid to support travel to the Surface Arts and Rumpueng Residency this summer. This will also act as match funding for a GfA application I am currently battling with.