Jerwood Bursaries provide funding to help you explore and develop your next steps, whether through supporting your skills and knowledge development and/or supporting the first stage development of a new idea.
A Jerwood Bursary can support your skills and knowledge development by funding opportunities to network, find new partners for collaboration, receive mentoring or take part in training, conferences and workshops. It can support development of your practice through covering costs of attending residencies or being on attachment. It can support the first stages of development of a new idea through research and development, experimenting, drafting or workshopping. It can support you with any combination of these, and anything else that you believe will help you learn, grow and take control of the development of your artistic practice and career, and/or help kick start the creation of new work where an outcome is unknown.
What can you apply for?
Any amount between £250 and £1,250 for:
- professional and/or specialised training
- taking part in conferences or workshops
- undertaking research and development
- exploring new or existing artistic collaborations
- undertaking residencies or attachments
- networking or membership of artistic networks
- drafting, scratching, workshopping and other first stage artistic development methods
- developing specific skills and knowledge on your terms
- time and space to test new ideas
- The costs of travel in the UK and care can also be covered by a Jerwood Bursary in order to participate in one or more of the activities above.
Activities can start once funding is confirmed. There is no expectation for how short or long the activity should be, but proposals that are time-limited and finish within 12 months of receiving the bursary are preferred.
They expect to be the sole funder of this award, although in-kind and other income sources may be taken into consideration where appropriate.
Based on teir experience of running Artist Bursaries and Performing Arts Micro Bursaries in 2017 and 2018, they expect to receive around 500 applications for each round and be able to make between 25-30 awards each time. Due to this high level of competition, it is highly unlikely they will fund anyone with less than a year of commitment to their professional practice and/or who has not had at least one piece of work professionally produced, presented, published or exhibited.
Time frames and Deadlines for 2019
1st round: for applicants within 6-10 years of establishing their artistic practice
- Guidance for Jerwood Bursaries published and fund opens for applications: 23 January 2019
- Advice sessions held on (by appointment): 20 February 2019
- Applications must be received by: 5pm, 4 March 2019
- Decisions will be communicated by: 5 April 2019
2nd round: for applicants within 1-5 years of establishing their artistic practice
- Fund opens for applications: 15 July 2019
- Advice sessions held on (by appointment): 10 September 2019
- Applications must be received by: 5pm, 7 October 2019
- Decisions will be communicated by: 15 November 2019
Across all our activity, individuals receiving our support must be:
- practising artists, curators and/or producers
- within the first ten years of starting a professional practice (this can be self-defined – see FAQs for details)
- willing to be bold and take risks
- living and working in the UK and committed to making a positive contribution to the UK arts sector
- outside full-time, formal education
For full information and to apply please go to: