Sunday, 20 December 2015

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Almost the end of another year and a blog crammed with funding opportunities, PhD studentships and a significant exploration of the barriers to marginalised and disabled artists attempting to access mainstream arts opportunities. 

If you celebrate christmas - have a lovely break - and I hope that 2016 is a good one for us all.

PhD Studentships 
The University of Brighton is inviting applications for funded PhD studentship topics to commence in September 2016. Expressions of interest to work on topics related to drawing and embodied experience, drawing and wellbeing or drawing in health contexts are particularly welcomed. For an informal discussion on developing an application on any of these themes, please contact Dr Philippa Lyon,, at the earliest opportunity. Closing deadline for final applications to University of Brighton is 22 January 2016. Deadline for TECHNE funding route is 7 February 2016.

Fair Access to the Arts
Creative Future has just completed Arts Council funded research into the barriers marginalised and disabled artists face when accessing mainstream arts opportunities.

Pink Ribbon Foundation Grants
The Pink Ribbon Foundation has announced it is now accepting applications for its 2016 funding round and that the closing date will be the 27th May 2016. The Foundation is a grant making trust that provides financial support to UK charities which relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or who have been affected by breast cancer or who work to advance the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment. Any charity working in the field of breast cancer can apply for a grant. Applications from general cancer charities must demonstrate that the grants requested will be applied to benefit those affected by breast cancer. Where applications relate to general services, details must be given of how many (and what proportion) of the total number benefiting from the charity's work are affected by breast cancer. Read more at:

Wellcome Trust: Arts Awards 
The Wellcome Trust is inviting organisations and individuals to apply for funding through its Arts Awards. The Arts Awards support projects that engage the public with biomedical science through the arts.

Applications are invited for projects of up to £40,000 through their small grants programme, and for projects above £40,000 through their large grant programme. The aim of the awards is to support arts projects that reach new audiences which may not traditionally be interested in science and provide new ways of thinking about the social, cultural and ethical issues around contemporary science.

The next application deadline for small projects is the 4th March 2016. The deadline for large projects is the 17th February 2016. Read more at:

New Arts Council Funding  
A new £17.5 million Catalyst: Evolve programme from the Arts Council launches on 14th January 2016. The fund will support projects that enhance the capacity of arts and cultural organisations to fundraise. Arts and cultural organisations can apply for grants of between £75,000 and £150,000 over three years. To apply applicants must be able to demonstrate an emerging track record in fundraising from at least one of the following - individuals; trusts and foundations; and businesses. It is expected that about 150 grants will be awarded. All activities funded by the programme must be completed by 31 August 2019. The deadline for applications is 19 February 2016. Read more at:


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