Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Fine Arts awards at the BSR offer artists at different stages of their careers the superb opportunity to research and focus on their work away from normal pressures, and to use the BSR as a base to explore Rome and Italy.

Awards include board and accommodation in one of our purpose-designed studios which include a mezzanine bedroom and en-suite bathroom.

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.

Opportunity

The Sainsbury Scholarships are exciting opportunities for exceptional early-career artists (with under ten years of professional experience), working with any media, to spend six months in Rome. Two Scholarships are available, one an open call and the other reserved for applicants from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities, which are currently under-represented at the BSR.

Duration:
6 months (January–June 2023)

Research and travel grant:
a grant of £1,500 per month, a travel grant of £500 and a grant of £400 to assist with visa and transport of work costs

Specific Award Criteria

∙ Applicants must be of British nationality, or have been working professionally (after having graduated) or studying at postgraduate level for at least the last five years in the UK (i.e. since September 2017).
∙ Selection for this Scholarship is by members of the Faculty of the Fine Arts of the BSR, together with a representative of the Linbury Trust.
∙ Further information on this fellowship can be found here.
∙ Application materials: An application form and monitoring form.




THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

Opportunity

The Ampersand Foundation Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional, ambitious and creative artist, at mid-career and beyond, working within the visual arts artform, to spend nine months in Rome.

Duration:
9 months

Research and travel grant:
£1,500/month; plus a grant towards a short pre-residency visit to the BSR.

Specific Award Criteria

∙ Applicants must be of British or Commonwealth nationality, or have been working professionally or studying at postgraduate level for at least the last three years in the UK or Commonwealth (i.e. since March 2019).
∙ Selection for this Fellowship is by members of the Faculty of the Fine Arts of the BSR, together with a representative of the Ampersand Foundation.
∙ Further information on this fellowship can be found here.
∙ Application materials: An application form and monitoring form.




THIS COMPETITION IS NOT OPEN

Opportunity

The Augusta Scholarship offers an exceptional opportunity for an early career artist to spend three months at the BSR. It aims to encourage artists for whom the use of paint and/or drawing is central to their practice.

Duration:
3 months

Research grant:
£1,500/month

Specific Award Criteria

∙ Applicants must be a graduate in Fine Art (or expect to have graduated in Fine Art before 1 October 2021; and normally within twelve years of the completion of their BA.
∙ Applicants must be of British nationality, or have been working professionally or studying at postgraduate level for at least the last 3 years in the UK (i.e. since March 2018), with applications from EU nationals who meet these criteria being particularly welcome.
∙ Applicants must be able to demonstrate an intention, upon completion of the Scholarship, to work in the UK or otherwise contribute to the wider UK artistic community.
∙ Applicants must be able to show the importance of a residency in Rome for their practice.
∙ Applicants must be keen to share the benefits of membership of a vibrant residential community of artists and researchers.
∙ Selection for this Scholarship is by members of the BSR’s Faculty of the Fine Arts.

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

Opportunity

The Bridget Riley Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for exceptional artists, at an early to mid point in their career, whose work has a significant drawing element, to spend six months in Rome.

Duration:
6 months

Research and travel grant:
£1,500/month; plus a grant of £500 towards a short pre-residency visit to the BSR and/or visa expenses and/or shipment of work at the end of the residency.

Specific Award Criteria

∙ Applicants must be of British or Commonwealth nationality, or have been working professionally or studying at postgraduate level for at least the last three years in the UK or Commonwealth (i.e. since March 2019).
∙ Selection for this Fellowship is by members of the Faculty of the Fine Arts of the BSR, together with a representative of the Bridget Riley Art Foundation.
∙ Further information on this fellowship can be found here.
∙ Application materials: An application form and monitoring form.




THIS COMPETITION IS NOT OPEN

Opportunity

Supported by the Arts Council of Wales, this Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for exceptional, ambitious and imaginative creative individuals, working within the visual arts art form.

Duration:
3 months

Research and travel grant:
£1,500/month; plus a grant towards a short pre-residency visit to the BSR and a grant towards the transport of work back to Wales at the end of the residency.

Specific Award Criteria

∙ Applicants must be resident in Wales.
∙ Applicants must be at a significant juncture in their careers (usually early- to mid-career).
∙ Further information on this Fellowship (for reference only) is available by clicking here.

THIS COMPETITION IS NOT OPEN

Opportunity

The Derek Hill Foundation Scholarship aims to encourage artists for whom the use of paint and/or drawing is central to their practice. Derek Hill had a love of Italy, and was Adviser to the practising artists at the BSR in 1953–4 and in 1957–8: the Scholarship has been founded in his memory.

Duration:
3 months

Research and travel grant:
approximately £950 per month

Specific Award Criteria

∙ of British or Irish nationality.
∙ aged 24 or over on 1 September 2021
∙ Further information on this scholarship (for reference only) can be found here.

Opportunity

Open to mid-career artists, predominantly painters in the expanded field, whose work shows exceptional merit and promise. Abbey Fellowships are opportunities for mid-career artists whose practice will benefit from a three-month residency in Rome.

Duration:
3 months

Research grant:
£1,500 per month

Deadline:
15/01/2023

Specific Award Criteria

∙ of British or Irish nationality.
∙ Applicants must be citizens of the UK or USA, or of other nationality provided resident in either country for at least five years during the last ten years.
∙ Information and all application materials are available at: The Abbey Council

Application fee: £25 or equivalent in US$. N.B. This must be paid to the Abbey Council, not to the BSR.

The Abbey Council are not recruiting an Abbey Scholar until the next applications cycle (2024/25).

Opportunity

Open to early-career artists, predominantly painters in the expanded field, whose work shows exceptional merit and promise.

Duration:
9 months

Research and travel grant:
£800 per month

Specific Award Criteria

∙ of British or Irish nationality.
∙ Applicants must be citizens of the UK or USA, or of other nationality provided resident in either country for at least five years in the last ten years.
∙ Information and all application materials are available at: The Abbey Council

Application fee: £25 or equivalent in US$. N.B. This must be paid to the Abbey Council, not to the BSR.

 

Various other residencies are tenable at the BSR, but the competitions are administered by other organisations. Further information on these can be found be following the links below.

Abbey Fellowships and Scholarship in Painting
The BSR Wallace New Zealand Residence Award
Arts Council of Northern Ireland Rome Fellowship
New Contemporaries Research Residency
Helpmann Academy Residency
Quebec Residency

 

 

In making an appointment to an award the Faculty of the Fine Arts will assess all applications using the following set of criteria:

∙ the quality of the applicant’s creative output and the appropriateness of their qualifications
∙ the extent to which the applicant’s proposal reflects the purpose of the award
∙ the viability of the proposal as a project to be carried out with support from the BSR.

 

In addition to these three basic selection criteria, the selectors will take into consideration the potential for the award to impact on the applicant’s creative development and will attempt to ensure that the needs and interests of the successful applicant are compatible with the facilities available at the BSR and the interests of its community.

Credit will be given to those who are no longer in full- or part-time education at the time of application.

Applications from those who have held a residency at the BSR in the previous two years (since March 2020) will not normally be considered.

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