Arts, crafts and design for the built environment

David F Wilson explored stonework in urban spaces

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This award category was offered for application in 2019. All categories for application in 2020 will be confirmed before we reopen for applications on 30 April 2020. To receive advance information and alerts, please register using the button above.

This award category

We are seeking applications that explore the innovative use of any of the arts 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 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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We are open for applications in 2020 from 30 April to 15 September (deadline 5pm). This is for travels in 2021 and beyond. 

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 up to two months overseas, researching a topic of your choice – and then a lifetime relationship to help you spread the global insights that you bring back.

Everyone can apply, regardless of age, background or qualifications, so long as they are a UK citizen aged 18 or over. We particularly welcome applicants who would not find funding elsewhere. Additional funding for interpreters is available.

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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.