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Art Bursary

£500 Art Bursaries to Support Local Artist to Further Their Practice

MK Community Foundation is pleased to announce our new Arts Bursary, delivered in partnership with Milton Keynes Council. Applications are open to individual artistic practitioners in Milton Keynes, practicing any form of art. Each of the 6 £500 bursary is intended to help individuals to make new developments in their creative practice and help them to achieve excellence in their future work.

Please read the aims, eligibility criteria, and scoring below.

The aim of this bursary is:
“To support Milton Keynes based artists, who are showing the potential for excellence, in the next step in the development of their creative practice where support will help them develop their practice, grow their capacity, skills, and ambition, to deliver new work of significance in future.”

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be living in the Unitary Authority Area of Milton Keynes, and have been living in the Unitary Authority Area of Milton Keynes for at least 3 years
  • Be an artistic practitioner of any art form
  • Be an individual aged 18 or over
  • Have a clear and considered plan for how they would use the bursary. Be able to explain how this will help them develop their practice in new ways, make a difference to their work, and how this would allow them to deliver significant new work in future
  • Be able to provide evidence of potential for excellence through their CV, examples of previous work, and letter of support from an arts organisation.

Please note that this bursary is intended to support individuals whose creative practice is their main work and source of income, to enable the next step in their development.

Applications will be scored by a panel on:

  • Their previous work (including examples of work, evidence of experience and strength of their letter of support)
  • The strength of proposal (including clarity, evidence of skills or capacity building, impact on their ability to develop future work, and overall fit with the aims of the bursary)

Please note that as these £500 bursaries are aimed at supporting a diverse range of artists and varied art forms. It is unlikely that two artists practising the same art form will both be supported in the same round.

Successful applicants will be asked to sign a bursary agreement, report on their development following receipt of the bursary, and take part in publicity around the award.

Applications for the Arts Bursary are now closed. We look forward to announcing the winners in the Autumn!