General Information for Artists


UK creative professional artists – such as painters, sculptors, potters, writers, poets, composers, musicians, songwriters, architects and other creators who produce new artistic work in a professional context (all here called artists) – are eligible to apply for a grant to stay away from home for a short while. New applicants will be required to submit details of their work (such as a list of publications or recordings, details of concerts or exhibitions, letters offering a serious commission etc), and/or any other evidence supporting their professional status (such as membership of a professional association) and the name of a referee.

Places of Residence

The Trust has a particular relationship with Hawkwood College in Gloucestershire and encourages artists and groups of artists to stay there, where they are offered preferential rates. However, applications may be made for grants to support stays anywhere in the UK or abroad.

Purpose of Residency

This may be for creative work, research, collaboration, study, discussions with fellow artists, rest, recreation, and/or convalescence.  Beneficiaries are then expected to make a brief report on their stay.

Duration of Residency

For 2020, the normal maximum number of days’ grant which is available to any one artist is 12.  Unless there are special circumstances, a maximum of 2 grants may be made to any one artist during the year, but the total number of days will normally remain as 12. Details for future years will be announced.

Grants Offered

The Trust will pay a portion of the board and lodging costs of beneficiaries directly to the place of residence. The balance of the bill is the responsibility of the artist. Please note that the Trust will usually not pay an entire bill, and artists are generally expected to contribute a small amount towards the costs.

The grant is currently set at a maximum of £85.00 per artist per day. No VAT will be added to that sum, and if the place of residence charges VAT, the grant remains at a maximum of £85.00 per day towards the total bill.

If the intended place of residence is outside the UK, and this results in bank charges being incurred by the Trust for the transfer of funds, these charges will be deducted from the Grant. Recipients should themselves inform the place of residence that the money will be transferred from the UK, because further bank charges may also be incurred by that place of residence. This also applies when fees are charged on any currency exchanges; the Trust will deduct those fees from the Grant.

Grants are awarded by the number of days, and the Trust will not hold any surplus arising from cheaper hotel rates for the use of the artist. £85 is the current maximum daily figure, but the Grant is applied at the rate of the place of residence.

Because of the special relationship the Trust has with Hawkwood College, beneficiaries of the Trust are also eligible for a discounted daily rate there. When making a booking at Hawkwood, successful beneficiaries should mention that they are receiving a Trust grant.

Artists wishing to make more than one stay, even for the same work purpose, will need to make a separate application for each stay. They will also therefore need to make a report on their first stay before applying again.

Grants are available for use from a month after the date of informing the artist, and then held open for 6 months from that date. Any grant money allocated to an artist but not used will not be carried forward. On occasion, the Trust may offer a grant covering a shorter period than that applied for.  Again, if this is not taken up by the applicant, the offer will not be held over for a different application.

Total Annual Allocations

The trustees will decide on the allocation of grants based on the annual income of the charity from the fund investments, balancing donations through the year.

Trustees’ Decisions

The trustees’ decisions on eligibility and applications are final, and they are not required to give reasons for their decisions.

Applications Status

  • The website is closed for applications due to the current health crisis. The next deadline for applications will be announced as soon as possible, but is unlikely to be before January 2021.
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