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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.

  • 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. 

  • Celeste Prize

    International Art prize, open to Painting, Photography and Digital Graphic, Video and Animation, Installation and Sculpture. There is a total of 40,000 Euros in Prizes. Application entry is 80 Euros for a single artwork and 4 supporting images.

  • The Turner Prize
    020 7887 8007
    020 7887 8000
    Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

    Sponsored by Channel 4, the Turner Prize has turned form a localised art event to one with a huge national and international profile. Often thought of as the most prestigious art award in the UK, its prize money is not the largest (see: Paul Hamlyn Foundation). An annual award of GBP 20,000 goes to 'a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition or presentation in the last twelve months'. Some accuse the prize of promoting novelty over quality, while a growing number believe the increasing media frenzy and first-past-the-post mentality is creating an increasingly artist unfriendly event. Jury of five, led by Tate Director Nicholas Serota (who has casting vote).

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Northern Art Prize

    The Northern Art Prize is open to professional artists of any age, working in any medium, living in the north of England (North West, North East and Yorkshire regions as defined by Arts Council England). Nominations come from arts professionals across the north, ranging from curators of public galleries and museums to directors of artist-led spaces and independent curators. The panel of judges select four artists from the long-list, for a group exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery. The winning artist is awarded £16,500, with the runners-up receiving £1500 each.

  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries
    127f Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4JN

    New Contemporaries is an annual exhibition of work by students and recent graduates from the UK's art colleges, offering an important platform for emerging artists' work to be seen and discussed. New Contemporaries is shaped by a process of selection from slides, videos, CD-Roms, photographs and audio-tapes through to a shortlist of actual works. The exhibition tours major UK arts venues each year. For applications information and deadlines, contact New Contemporaries as above and check the London Almanac's deadlines list.

  • Elizabeth Arden Ltd
    020 7574 2727
    020 7574 2700
    271 Regent Street, London W1B 2AA

    Mainly sponsors events and work which concerns the company (cosmetics and perfumes), with its main target audience being women. Contact Jane McCorriston, PR Manager with a proposal by fax or letter.

  • Mark Tanner Sculpture Award
    The Mark Tanner Award, Standpoint Gallery, 45 Coronet St, Hoxton, London N1 6HD

    The award is aimed at exceptional emerging sculptors based in Greater London and it is intended to subsidise the creative work over one year. GBP 6000 goes direct to the receiving artist towards the production of new work and GBP 4000 funds and promotes the solo exhibition held at Standpoint Gallery the following year. The selectors look for ambitious, outstanding work within fine art practice, particularly that demonstrates a commitment to process and material. Selection by panel. Guest selector each year is a different prominent sculptor. Deadline is always 31 May.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

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.