Future Proofing- Live Art Bursary for the under 25’s

LADA  want to look forward and invest in the next 20 years and the next generation by offering a bursary of £2,000 to an artist aged under 25 to imagine the future they’d like to see, how their practice could shape it, and what they need to do that.

This may be thinking about the climate emergency, the future of identity politics, technological threats to civil rights and personal safety, countering the rise of the far-right, populist politics and the hostile environment, or any other critical issues we are facing in these difficult times. Please note they are not seeking proposals for new works and this is not a production grant, but rather a bursary to buy time and space to think about your/our future.

The bursary process will commence from March 2020.


  • The Future Proofing bursary is aimed at any UK based artist aged 25 or under who is working in Live Art. See LADA’s What is Live Art? webpage for more information.
  • Applicants should be committed to the possibilities of ‘live’ practices and to creating new contexts for work or discourse.
  • Applicants’ potential to undertake self-determined professional development and research, and the timeliness and appropriateness of this bursary to their practice and to Live Art in general will be critical.
  • Full time students at MA and PhD levels are eligible for this award, but must clearly demonstrate that they are able to undertake their study at the same time as completing their proposed bursary programme and that there is no duplication between the two proposed programmes.
  • They are seeking, and will prioritise, applications which are bold, creative and propose new ways of thinking and working, and therefore encourage applicants to think in creative, provocative and timely ways when developing their proposals.
  • The selection of the bursary recipient will be based on the relevance of the proposal to the aims of the bursary, the applicants’ potential to realise their ideas, the timeliness of the proposal (to the applicant and to the issues), and the boldness of the proposal.


Noon, Friday 7 February 2020

Announcement of bursary awards will be made by mid February 2020.
The bursary process will commence from March 2020.
They will write to all applicants about the outcomes of their applications and where possible provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.



Published on:
14 Jan 2020


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