a-n’s 2018 programme of professional development opportunities for members continues its roll out with applications now open for this year’s a-n Artist Bursaries.

These awards of £500 – £1,000 enable a-n Artist or Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) members to undertake a self-determined schedule of professional development in 2018. 65+ bursaries are available this year, and the deadline for applications is 3pm, Monday 12 February 2018.

Now in its sixth year, the bursaries programme has previously enabled artists to learn new skills, 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 make the most significant difference for you.

Recent bursary recipients include: Lauren Curl who used her award to carry out research into environmentally responsible screen printing in Mexico; Laura Napier who learned book-binding, letterpress and photopolymer etching skills in order to create a new artist’s book; Sogol Mabadi who travelled to Tehran to inform a new body of performance work; and Aidan Moesby who researched the potential use of digital technology in developing works across different media .

a-n has awarded over £275,000 to over 330 artist members through these bursaries since 2013.

Applications for a-n Artist Bursaries 2018 are open now. Find out more and apply using the new online application process. Deadline for applications: 3pm, Monday 12 February 2018

Need support in submitting your application? Read our new Top tips on applying for a-n member opportunities guide.

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Applications for the a-n Visual Arts Coaching Course with RD1st 2018 are open until 3pm, Monday 29 January 2018. Open to Artist members, Arts Organiser members, and Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) members, there are 14 fully funded course places available to become an accredited coach. The award also includes a bursary of up to £400 for expenses.

Successful applicants will undergo coaching which will enable them to 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 eight-day programme taking place April – June 2018 in Lancaster is part of a-n’s commitment to supporting artists’ livelihoods and is the only course of its kind for visual artists.

Apply for the a-n Visual Arts Coaching Course with RD1st 2018. Deadline for applications: 3pm Monday 29 January 2018.

Launching soon, a-n Biennial Bursaries 2018 will support a-n Artist or Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) members to attend the launch of the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art or Manifesta 12 Palermo.

20 awards of £600 each will be available, with applications opening in February 2018. Past rounds of this bursary have enabled a-n members to attend preview weeks at the Venice Biennale and Documenta.

Both Berlin Biennale, which launches 9 June 2018, and Manifesta, launching 16 June 2018, 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.

We’ll announce more information when applications open in February.

Read a-n blogs by previous successful applicants to our Professional developmentTravelVenice Biennale and Documenta bursaries, Artist-led and Visual Arts Coaching Course rounds to learn more about the outcomes of our member opportunities.

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