Lifeboat FAQs

Please read these eligibility criteria and FAQs if you are applying for the Lifeboat award. If after reading these you still have questions, please email Nick Kaplony by Monday 11th December. Queries received after this date may not receive a response in time for the application deadline.

Q: What are eligibility criteria for studio artists sharing the Lifeboat award?

A: To be eligible to apply, artists put forward for sharing the studio must:

  • Have an fine art based practice working in any media
  • Have completed an MA (or MFA) course (either full time or part-time)  at one of UAL’s colleges in 2017
  • Not be enrolled in a full or part time course of study at any level during the course of the residency
  • Be London based (or live close enough to the studio to attend the studio a minimum of 16 hours a week)
  • Have permission to live and work in the UK (We cannot support visa applications)

 

Q: What colleges are part of University of the Arts London?

A: The colleges that constitute part of University of the Arts London are Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London College of Fashion and London College of Communication.

 

Q: What are the conditions of the Residency that the selected 4 studio artists must meet?

Residency awardees must:

  • Attend the studio for at least 16 hours a week
  • Establish a peer mentoring group with their studio mates and x 8 other external artists that meets x 8 times over the course of the year
  • Each produce x 4 pieces of online content for the Artquest website over the period of the residency
  • Attend x 6 one to one mentoring meetings with appointed mentors
  • Participate in a public facing event about their practices and experiences

 

Q: I completed a BA but not an MA or MFA at one of UAL’s colleges. Can I still apply?

A: No.

 

Q: I completed a BA or MA/MFA but not at one of UAL’s colleges. Can I still apply?

A: No.

 

Q: I completed an MA/MFA at one of UAL’s colleges before 2017. Can I still apply?

A: No.

 

Q: Who should the application for LIFE BOAT come from?

A: The application should come from one “lead artist” who will be taking on responsibility for coordinating the application for the group.

 

Q: I want to apply but I’m not sure where to start. Can you help?

A: If you want to apply you will need to

  • Check you meet the eligibility criteria for the award
  • Decide on the other 3 artists you want to share the studio with
  • Check they meet the eligibility criteria for the award
  • Have a conversation with them to confirm they are happy to be put forward for the award, will accept the award if selected and can meet the award conditions
  • Pre – read the application form and make sure you understand what information is required
  • Meet with your proposed studio artists to gather the necessary materials to complete the online application form and discuss who you would like to put forward as members of your peer mentoring group
  • Have initial conversations with your proposed peer group members to gauge their interest
  • Complete the online application

 

Q: How many artists can I put forward to share the studio with?

A: You should propose 4 artists (including yourself) to apply for the studio award.

 

Q: If we get shortlisted do all of us need to attend the interview?

A: It’s preferable that you all four of you who will be sharing the studio attend the interview, yes.

 

Q: If we can’t attend the interview in person, can we skype in?

A: It’s not ideal, but it is an option if necessary yes.

 

Q: How concrete/confirmed do my list of proposed studio artists need to be when I make my application?

A: You must have a conversation with all of the artists you are putting forward / applying on behalf of for the award before you apply. You should confirm that they will accept the award if you application is successful and that can meet all of the award requirements.

 

Q: Do all of the artists who are sharing the studio have to be MA/MFA graduates from UAL who have finished their course in 2017?

A: Yes, all of the studio artists you are proposing have to meet all of the eligibility criteria.

 

Q: Do all of the artists I’m proposing to share the studio with need to be from the same course and college as me?

A: No, as long as they went to one of UAL’s other colleges and meet all the eligibility criteria its fine to propose studio artists who’ve done a different course at a different college from yourself.

 

Q: Can I apply, or put someone else forward if they haven’t completed a fine art course specifically?

A: Yes, as long as they have what you consider a fine/contemporary art practice, and they completed a different MA/MFA course at UAL in 2017 then you/they can be put forward.

 

Q: What are eligibility criteria for the artists participating in the peer mentoring group?

A: To be eligible to participate in the peer mentoring group artists must

  • Have an fine art based practice working in any media
  • Not be enrolled in a full or part time course of study at any level during the course of the peer mentoring
  • Be London based (or live close enough to the studio to attend the studio 16 hours a week)

 

Q: Do all of the artists we are proposing for the Peer Mentoring group have to be MA/MFA graduates from UAL who have finished their course in 2017?

A: No. Artists you are proposing for your peer mentoring group can be at any stage in their career, from any college. The only restriction is they must be predominantly London based and not be on any course of study.

 

Q: How many peer mentoring sessions do we need to run?

A: You should run 8 sessions over the 12 month residency period.

 

Q: When do the peer mentoring sessions need to take place?

A: All of the sessions need to take place within the residency period.

 

Q: Where do the peer mentoring sessions need to take place?

A: We anticipate the majority will take place in your studio (Or the studios of other group members).

 

Q: How concrete/confirmed do my list of artists participating in the peer mentoring group need to be when I make my application

A: We anticipate that you’ll have had an initial tentative conversation with the majority of the artists that you are proposing to participate in your peer group to scope out their interest in case your application was successful. We would imagine this list would be firmed up further should you be invited to interview.

 

Q: What is acceptable to budget for?

A: We anticipate a significant amount of the £1,800 budget will be spent on the lead artists fee for coordinating and administrating the sessions.

The follow items are other examples of acceptable expenditure (Please note this is not an exhaustive list)

  • Refreshments
  • Equipment hire
  • Guest speakers fee


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