Arts, crafts and design for the built environment

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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.

A life-changing opportunity 

Have you ever wanted to explore new ideas in a subject close to your heart? Discover how things are done in other countries and bring that knowledge back home?

A Churchill Fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand your horizons and make a difference. It offers a grant for you to spend up to two months overseas, researching a topic of your choice – and then a lifetime relationship with us to help you spread the global insights that you bring back.

"My fellowship gave me an amazing opportunity to visit some of the best examples of ceramic art in architecture in Europe and the USA, and to connect with world's leading artists, designers and manufacturers of architectural ceramics." - Maria Gasparian (2016 Fellow investigating architectural ceramics) 

What we offer

Meet the 2020 Fellows in this category

This award category

We are seeking applications that explore the innovative use of the arts, crafts and design for the built environment. This includes contemporary and heritage arts, crafts and design in any genre, and applies to public or private space. Projects may relate to designing, making, commissioning, access, education or commercial uses, and we particularly encourage applications from practitioners in these areas, including architects. 

Artists and makers who do not wish to apply in this category are eligible to apply across all other categories if their project fits them - please see this page for more information.

Our general criteria for arts applications:

  • 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.

This category is in partnership with the British Council


Who can apply?

Everyone can apply for a Churchill Fellowship, regardless of age, background or qualifications, so long as they are a UK resident citizen aged 18 or over. Fellows come from all parts of society, all age groups and all professional fields. We particularly welcome applicants who would not find funding elsewhere. Additional funding for interpreters is available.

How to apply

Fellows' impact in this field

Carrie ReichardtArtist and ceramicist Carrie Reichardt travelled to Chile and Mexico in 2014 to learn from artists who were involving members of the public in the creation of mosaics. Her Fellowship led to the formation of an international network of artists working in mosaics and has inspired Carrie's subsequent work in the UK.

Maria GasparianCeramic designer and architect Maria Gasparian travelled to the USA, the Netherlands and Hungary in 2016 to investigate the application, design and manufacturing of decorative architectural ceramics. Since her return, Maria has won several competitions and had a customised bench installed in the City of London.