2019 Roundup: Grants and Opportunities for Scottish Artists and Creators
Updated: May 3, 2019
Sick of finding the perfect bursary or residency, only to find that it’s only open to applicants from the U.S.? We’re working to compile a list of all the best grants, calls-for-submissions and other opportunities that Scottish artists can apply for this year. This list will be updated as more opportunities emerge, so don’t hesitate to let us know if we’ve missed something out!
The aim of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant is to allow an artist to afford any necessary materials and spaces, create new work and manage their medical and personal expensive. Many previous recipients have found that the grant allowed them to dedicate more time to their creative practices, applications and exhibitions.
This grant is aimed at mid-career professional artists with specific financial needs (who can demonstrate these needs on paper). It’s open to sculptors, painters, printmakers and other artists who work on paper. Students are not eligible, and neither are video artists, filmmakers, computer artists, crafts-makers, performance artists or commercial artists.
Successful applicants can expect to receive between $5,000 and $30,000.
Best known for his involvement in the initiation of the Abstract Expressionism movement, Adolph Gottlieb was able to far surpass his early expectations in term of artistic and financial success. However, many of his colleagues found they were unable to support themselves financially regardless of their artistic achievements. It is the aim of the Gottlieb Foundation to support and encourage artists who have dedicated their lives to perfecting their craft, regardless of their financial successes.
This grant is aimed at artists who can demonstrate a need for financial assistance and who have been working in a mature phase of their work for at least 20 years. Printmakers, sculptors and painters are all eligible to apply.
Successful applicants can expect to receive $25,000.
Deadline: 15th December 2019.
The international micro-granting organisation, The Awesome Foundation, has a chapter based in Glasgow which provides grants of £500 to fund “awesome projects”. These projects need to be based in Glasgow and to be beneficial to the local community.
This grant is aimed at anyone – individuals, groups or organisations – running “Awesome projects” in the Glasgow area (“G” postcode).
Successful applicants can expect to receive £500.
Deadline: Rolling – grants offered every 2 months.
With a goal of supporting and funding artists, Artist Grant is a new venture founded in 2017. They provide a modest, competitive grant of $500 to one artist every quarter to fund the efforts of that artist to continue their work and contribute further to society.
This grant is aimed at visual artists aged 18+.
Successful applicants can expect to receive $500.
Deadline: Four per year: 15th July and 15th October. (January & April deadlines passed)
Run by Creative Scotland, this fund is aimed at groups, creative organisations and individuals living in Scotland who seek financial support for their creative and artistic projects.
This grant is aimed at individuals and organisations based in Scotland.
Successful applicants can expect to receive between £1000 and £150,000.
Tesco have recently launched the Bags of Help Centenary Grants in celebration of their 100th anniversary. These grants will be awarded to non-profit organisations including community interest companies, local authorities, social housing providers, health bodies and registered charities, so consider letting your local community arts project know about this one! Scotland has been divided into five voting regions – Highland and Islands (North East Scotland), Mid Scotland, West Scotland, Central Scotland and South Scotland – with grants being given to three projects in each region. This grant is aimed at not for profit organisations.
Successful applicants can expect to receive up to £25,000.
Deadline: 30th June 2019.
Anyone interested in establishing a Film Festival in their local community is invited to apply for Regional Screen Scotland's Local Film Festival Challenge Fund.
This grant is aimed at Scottish event organisers.
Successful applicants can expect to receive up to £5,000.
Deadline: 1st July 2019.
International Artist Residencies
This Artist-in-Residence program was started by the National Park Arts Foundation in 2006 to give artists opportunities to create bodies of work while living and working in National parks. Each program is carefully tailored to the park selected and the artist’s project. Artists from multiple disciplines including ceramics, theatre, writers, printmaking, film, new media, textiles, dance and sculpture are all invited to apply for residencies lasting one month.
This residency is aimed at primarily visual artists. International applications (e.g. from Scottish artists) are welcome.
When? Residencies are available throughout the year, with information on individual residency dates available through the website.
Where? The following locations are all hosting one-month residencies:
- Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (Big Island, HI);
- Fort Union National Monument (New Mexico);
- Chaco Culture National Historical Park (New Mexico);
- Dry Tortugas National Park (Florida);
- Death Valley National Park (California).
Cost: The residency is free, but an application fee of $55-150 is required. Successful applicants will be offered a $2,000 stipend.
Deadline: Various (more information on website).
As well as interim studio programs, Annex:art makes it part of its mission to work with artists from all over the world and create sponsored and self-funded artist residencies. Successful applicants are given access to a participating annex location in which they can create a specific body of work or a new project.
This residency is aimed at artists from all over the world, aged 21+.
When? To be agreed.
Where? New Mexico, Germany and France.
Cost: Various (visit www.annexart.com/residency for details).
Curators and artists at all stages of practice can make use of the residency environments customised by RU. Successful applicants will receive production, administrative and critical guidance. This organisation emphasises the importance of networking between RU residents.
This residency is aimed at artists worldwide.
When? Various dates. Residencies generally last between 3 and 6 months.
Where? Brooklyn, New York, USA.
The British Council have launched an open call for five UK-based artists interested in travelling to Japan for an artistic research residency as part of 'UK in Japan 2019-20'.
This residency is aimed at UK artists working in any art form.
When? October 2019.
Where? Use City, Japan.
Cost: Fully funded.
Deadline: 7th May 2019.
Visual artists are invited to apply for one of two financially supported residency at Bon Volks Studios.
This residency is aimed at visual artists internationally.
How long? 4-6 weeks.
Where? Bon Volks, Margate.
Cost: Application fee £15. Successful applicants will receive £250 of materials, courtesy of CassArt.
Deadline: 15th May 2019.
Scottish Artist Residencies
Cove Park is inviting artists to apply for one of four three-week residencies which will include a workspace/studio, a fee of £1,200 and private accommodation.
This residency is aimed at UK-based early stage artists (visual arts, literature, crafts/design and music/composition).
How long? Three weeks.
Where? Cove Park, Peaton Hill, Argyll & Bute G84 0PE.
Cost: Fully funded.
Deadline: 3rd June 2019.
The Scottish Government are sharing a Placement & Commission opportunity for one visual artist based on a Scottish Island, focusing on the development of Scotland’s first ever National Islands Plan.
This residency is aimed at visual artists living on Scottish islands.
How long? 25 days between June & November 2019.
Where? Various islands.
Cost: Fully funded.
Deadline: 17th May 2019.
Calls for Entry
International Calls for Entry
Exploring the ideas of sense of place, Galaudet Gallery's Summer 2019 Art exhibit will be an internationally juried art exhibit called Sense of Place: THERE. The curators and judges are looking for work that fits the exhibit theme, "Sense of Place: THERE" from any number of different viewpoints.
This call is aimed at artists all over the world.
Where? Eau Claire, Wisconsin, U.S.
When? 18th June – 2nd September 2019.
Deadline: 8th May 2019.
Juried exhibition "Alternative Perspective" will focus on alternative photographic printmaking processes including cyanotype, tintype, bromoil, albumen, lumen, mordancage, gumboil, lumachrome, van dyke and gum bichromate.
This call is aimed at all artists working in non-digital photographic mediums and styles.
Where? Dover, New Hampshire, U.S.
When? 3rd June – 6th July 2019.
Deadline: 8th May 2019.
UK Calls for Entry
International filmmakers working on their first or second feature are invited to apply to take part in an intensive, project-based workshop followed by a closed pitch for £10,000 development funding.
This call is aimed at creative documentary makers.
When? 31st August – 3rd September 2019.
Deadline: 3rd May 2019.
Scottish Calls for Entry
Stall holders are wanted for Glasgow South Side's newest market. The Southside Makers Market will be taking place on a monthly basis, right next to Queen's Park Railway Station.
This call is aimed at makers based in and around Glasgow.
Where? Glasgow Southside.
Cost: £15 per table.
The Moray Art Centre are seeking portfolios from visual artists of all media for inclusion in their exhibition programme for 2019 and beyond. Based in Findhorn, the busy and expanding arts venue currently has 3 exhibition areas, with most exhibitions running for 1 month each.
This call is aimed at visual artists working in Scotland or England.
Where? Findhorn, Moray.
Deadline: 3rd January 2020
Cryptic have issued an open call for existing audiovisual installations by Scottish-based artists to be presented as part of their biennial visual arts festival, Sonica.
This call is aimed at Scottish-based artists.
Deadline: 8th May 2019.
BBC Scotland welcomes proposals from artists of all backgrounds interested in collaborating with filmmakers. They're especially interested in seeing artists work in film alongside other disciplines, e.g. a dancer and a filmmaker.
This call is aimed at artists of all backgrounds.
Budget: Up to £5,000.
Deadline: 27th May 2019.
Classes & Workshops
Psychodrama Psychotherapist Theresa M Brown is inviting actors, directors and writers to participate in a workshop that will use psychodramatic methods in a non-therapeutic setting to bring to life the inner worlds of the characters they act, direct and write.
This workshop is aimed at all creative professionals.
Where? Vivace Theatre School, 243 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EZ.
When? 24th May 2019, 10AM – 4PM.
Deadline: 24th May 2019.
Young musicians and vocalists interested in working alongside prominent jazz musicians and developing their improvisation skills are encouraged to apply to attend the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland's Jazz Summer School.
This event is aimed at Scottish and Scottish-based musician aged between 12 and 21.
Where? Highland, Na h-Eileanan Siar.
When? 14th – 18th July 2018.
Deadline: 20th May 2019.
Deadline Passed: Catch them next year!