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Artists' Bursaries Announced

Published: 17 Nov 2014

80 Bursaries totalling £750,000 supporting development and research

80 artists have received a total of £750,000 in bursaries of £5,000, £15,000 or £30,000 to support the ongoing development of their work through Creative Scotland’s Artists' Bursaries programme. 

The purpose of the Artists' Bursaries programme is to support excellence and experimentation across the arts, screen and creative industries and to provide artists and creative practitioners with the time and resources to reflect, research and develop new ideas and work.

Leonie Bell, Director of Arts and Engagement at Creative Scotland and Chair of the Artists' Bursaries panel, said:

“We are delighted to be able to support such a rich mix of emerging and established artists and creative practitioners, they all demonstrate a high level of quality, imagination and ambition in their work across craft, dance, film, literature, music, theatre and visual art.

“The panel were hugely impressed by the volume, quality and strength of the proposals. We look forward to seeing how the bursaries will support the development of these individuals' practice and wish everyone the very best in taking their plans forward.”

80 bursaries totalling £750,000 awards were made consisting of: 

  • 48 awards of £5,000
  • 30 awards of £15,000
  • 2 awards of £30,000.


Artists' Bursaries Nov 2014

Download the full list of awards in Excel format.

Open Project Funding is now open for applications and anyone interested in funding for development of their artistic practice should now consider this funding route. 


Notes to Editors:

Open Project Funding replaces most of the project based funding, including the Artists' Bursaries programme, previously operated by Creative Scotland. Open Project Funding will support a broad spectrum of activity including: creative and professional development; research and development; production; small capital requirements; touring and collaborations; festivals; arts programming; audience development, etc. Support will be available for projects of different scale and duration with the maximum period of award being set at 2 years. Awards will be in the range £1,000 to £100,000 (or up to £150,000 by exception).

Open Project Funding is a continuous programme, meaning that you can make an application at any time throughout the year and there are no deadlines. A full list of activities to be supported through this route and full details of the fund are set out in the Open Project Funding application guidance.

Open Project Funding is one of three routes to funding through Creative Scotland, alongside Regular Funding for organisations and Targeted Funding.

Creative Scotland established a process of peer review for the Bursaries Programme which provided a range of expert opinion to inform decisions. A Bursary Panel, made up of arts and creative professionals and chaired by Creative Scotland, was convened for each deadline. Its task is to review all the applications received and agree the final awards.
November 2014 panel members included Chair, Leonie Bell (Director of Arts and Engagement at Creative Scotland), Amanda Game (Independent Curator), Jackie Wylie (Artistic Director of The Arches), Jennifer Phillips (Creative Producer and Director of Future Perfect), Paul Welsh (Film Producer), Rachel Sermanni (Scottish Folk Musician), Regi Claire (Author), Rob Drummond (Playwright, Performer and Director), Susanna Beaumont (Curator) and Torsten Lauchmann (Artist).

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

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