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Our application process this year has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Latest news on applying can be read here.

We believe that the arts are an integral and powerful part of many aspects of society and we are interested in encouraging greater access and widening contexts for their creation and enjoyment.

We welcome applications that explore how the arts can improve the quality of life of individuals and communities through connecting to any of our project categories.

We accept applications from artists and makers in two ways:

Firstly, you can apply in our dedicated category ‘Arts for the built environment’: please apply in this category. Secondly, you can apply in any of our other award categories, if you have a project in which the arts could be used to pursue that category’s purpose: please apply in the relevant category.

Our general criteria for arts applications are as follows:

  • Any application identifying itself as an arts project must have a significant element of tangible arts practice. We are particularly keen to hear from people who are practitioners, in any art form.
  • We look for a public benefit in all of our Fellowships. Any application identifying itself as an arts project should demonstrate how it will have a public benefit wider than advancing the applicant’s personal artistic practice.
  • In ‘artists and makers’ we include all art forms, whether visual, literary, musical, performance, design, crafts or other.

Please do not apply if your project is based around:

  • A personal artistic project, such as a personal piece of work or exhibition.
  • An artist/writer/composer in residence scheme.
  • A piece of academic or theoretical research.

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Fellows' impact in this field

David Snoo WilsonBronze founder David Snoo Wilson travelled to Germany, Latvia, Poland and Austria in 2014 to learn traditional bell-casting techniques. David has since co-founded a business casting bells at weddings, incorporating a ring-melting ceremony influenced by his experiences of metal-casting performances in the Baltic.

Kerry RooneyArts worker Kerry Rooney travelled to the USA in 2014 to explore ways of enabling older people to participate in the arts. Since his travels, Kerry’s organisation, Kaleidoscope, have established the Imagine Arts Centre, a programme enabling over 200 participants aged between 60 and 88 to take part in weekly classes in a variety of arts-based activities.

Read more Fellows' stories and work in this area