Visual Arts Funding

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  • RBS Bursaries (Royal Society of British Sculptors awards)
    020 7370 3721
    Royal Society of British Sculptors, 108 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3RA
    020 7373 5554

    Ten Bursaries awarded each year to sculptors of outstanding talent and potential. They welcome applications from artists of any age and nationality, with or without formal training, who are at the beginning of their practice. The 10 winners will participate in a curated exhibition at the RBS Gallery and will enjoy all the benefits of RBS membership for two years.

  • Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
    0117 987 6600
    0117 987 6500
    Whitefriars, Lewins Mead, Bristol BS1 2AE

    AHRC have a range of programmes supporting top-quality research and postgraduate training in the arts and humanities. From around 1500 applications to their seven Research schemes they make around 550-600 awards. From around 5500 applications to their Postgraduate schemes for funding people in Higher education they make around 1500 awards. 

  • The Elephant Trust
    512 Bankside Lofts, 65 Hopton Street London SE1 9GZ
    Ruth Rattenbury

    Roland Penrose and Lee Miller created The Elephant Trust in 1975 to develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts in the UK. The Trust was set up to help artists present their work and undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds. It is committed to helping artists and institutions that depart from the routine and signal new, distinct and imaginative sets of possibilities. Grants have usually been limited to £2,000 but larger grants may be considered. 

  • St Hugh's Foundation

    Encouraging research and development in the arts by enabling applicants from Lincolnshire / Humberside to make their own impact regionally, nationally or internationally through new work in any of the art forms.

  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Art Grant
    Central Library, Phillimore Walk, London, W8 7RX
    Janice Thorpe
    0207 361 3844

    The Arts Grants scheme is for arts activities or projects (by organisations or individuals) which are undertaken within the boundaries of the Royal Borough and demonstrate that they meet at least two of its strategic objectives. Also offer free funding surgeries. Deadlines three times a year, in 2010 * 5pm, Friday 21 May 2010, by 5pm, Friday 24 September 2010, by 5pm, Friday 21 January 2011

  • Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund
    LUTSF, Breach, Kilmington, Axminster, Devon EX13 7ST

    The aim of this small charity is to provide financial support to individuals who wish to travel abroad or in the United Kingdom to attend a conference, to pursue a research project or undertake a short course of study in the field of movement or dance. Applications are welcomed irrespective of age, nationality or previous training.

  • Arts Council England - London
    0845 300 6200
    14 Great Peter Street, London SW1P 3NQ

    Arts Council England supplies funding through it's Grants programme.  Eligible projects include research and development, travel, networking events and independent projects promoting critical debate on the production and presentation of contemporary visual art.

  • The Jerwood Foundation
    020 7654 0171
    Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London SE1 0LN

    Awards include the Jerwood Painting Prize, Drawing Prize, Makers Award and Moving Media Awards in addition to commissions and grants to artists. 

  • The Leverhulme Trust
    1 Pemberton Row, London EC4A 3BG

    The Leverhulme Trust provides funding for research projects, fellowships, studentships, residencies, bursaries and prizes; it operates across all the academic disciplines, the ambition being to support talented individuals as they realise their personal vision in research and professional training. They also will support the residency of an artist of any kind in an institution of higher education or a museum in the UK in order to foster a creative collaboration between the artist and the staff and/or students of that institution.

  • Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowships
    Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, 29 Great Smith Street (South Door), London SW1P 3BL

    All British Citizens are eligible for the annual awards which are to enable applicants to acquire knowledge and experience abroad. Churchill Fellows can be of any age / occupation and each individual application is judged on its worth and merit. Successful applicants receive a grant to cover Fellowship expenses including return air fare, daily living, insurance and travel.  Grants usually cover a stay of 4-8 weeks. 

  • Cass Sculpture Foundation
    Goodwood, nr. Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QP

    The Foundation is a charitable organisation which operates by way of a rigorous commissioning process. Approximately 20 new monumental works, predominantly by contemporary British sculptors, are produced annually. Once a work has been placed the Foundation splits the profit between the artist and the next commission. The Foundation's commissioning process is, in its initial stages, an organic process based upon dialogue between the Foundation and prospective artists. Check their website on how to submit your work.

  • Wellcome Trust Arts Awards
    Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE
    020 7611 7222

    Funding can be applied for at two levels: small to medium-sized projects (up to and including £30 000)and large projects (above £30 000).  The funding can be used for full or part production costs and is awarded to arts projects fostering public engagement with biomedical science. 

This article is from the Artlaw Archive of Henry Lydiate's columns published in Art Monthly since 1976, and may contain out of date material.
The article is for information only, and not for the purpose of providing legal advice.
Readers should consult a solicitor for legal advice on specific matters. Artists can get free online legal information from Artquest.