a-n Artist Bursaries 2019 are open for application with 50+ bursaries of £500-£1,500 available to a-n Artist and Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) members wishing to undertake self-determined professional development over the coming year.
Because targeted funding at the right time in an artist’s career can make all the difference, a-n Artist Bursaries provide money for artists to develop their practice through self-determined professional development activity that responds to their own unique needs.
Since 2013 a-n has awarded £379,500 to over 480 members through its bursary programmes.
Members have used the bursaries for many different things: to learn new skills, travel internationally, undertake mentoring or coaching, research, curatorial critique, attend conferences, build networks and collaborations within and outside of the visual arts, or a combination of these activities.
In 2018, a-n Artist Bursaries recipients undertook a broad range of activities.
Laurie Ramsell was awarded £1,000 to enable him to visit a bio-arts organisations based in Finland, carrying out research at academic and cultural archives in the country relating to prehistoric bacteria which is being released from melting permafrost.
Alexandra Jonsson received £990 to undertake training in digital fabrication methods. This enabled the development of her drawing-based work around ‘visualising maternity data’ in sculptural format.
Luke Nairn used his bursary of £1,000 for a focused period of exploration and development at the Berlin Art Institutes Studio Programme, which provides studio space, lectures, seminars and a community of other artists and curators to work alongside and exchange ideas with.
Speaking about her a-n Artist Bursaries project, Robyn Woolston, who was awarded £1,000 to attend the Open Engagement 2018 conference at Queens Museum in New York, said: “It’s been an incredible experience which will continue to impact upon my practice and my trajectory for a considerable time to come.
“Thank you for this opportunity to experience both a life-changing conference and to complete my inaugural visit to New York.”
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