UK creative professionals – such as painters, sculptors, potters, writers, poets, composers, musicians, songwriters, architects and some other creators who produce new artistic work in a professional context (all here called Artists) – are eligible to apply for a grant. 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), any other evidence supporting their professional status (such as membership of a professional association) and the name of a referee.
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.
This may be for creative work, research, collaboration, discussions with fellow artists, rest, recreation, and/or convalescence.
For stays starting in 2017, Artists may receive support for up to 15 days, dated from their first day of residence. A maximum of two grants may be made to any one Artist during the year, but the total number of days remains as 15. Details for future years will be announced.
The Trust will pay a portion of the board and lodging costs directly to the place of residence. The balance of the bill is the responsibility of the Artist. Please note that the Trust will not normally pay an entire bill and Artists will usually be expected to contribute towards the costs.
For 2017 the grant is set at a maximum of £70.00 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 £70.00 per day towards the total bill. Details for future years will be announced.
Because of the special relationship the Trust has with Hawkwood College, beneficiaries of the Trust are also eligible for a discounted daily rate there; this means that the £70 grant will go even further towards meeting the bill. When making a booking at Hawkwood, successful beneficiaries should mention that they are receiving a Trust grant.
Any grant money allocated to an Artist but not used will generally 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.
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.