Open call

WEVAA Research & Development Bursaries

We will award 12 – 17 Research and Devel­op­ment Bur­saries to artists over the next three years, rang­ing from £500 – £1,000 each.

23:59 14/11/22
Contact Name
Graham Johnson
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Over the next three years, the West of England Visual Arts Alliance (WEVAA) aims to transform Bristol and the West of England into a place where the visual arts can thrive, providing critical opportunities and support to enable diverse local artists, curators and young people to develop their careers and achieve their potential.

We will award 12–17 Research and Development Bursaries to artists over the next three years, ranging from £500–£1,000 each. The bursaries are available to develop ideas in your art practice and can be used for research, travel, materials and any other costs related to the development of your work. The panel are looking for you to clearly evidence how these costs are critical to the development of new work and opportunities.

We particularly welcome applications from people who are currently underrepresented in the UK arts sector, including those from Global Ethnic Majority backgrounds, those who identify as D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent, LGBTQIA+, are early in their careers and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds or living or working in areas of socio-economic deprivation.


Please complete the linked google form to apply ( If you would like to submit an audio or video application you may upload it as part of the form, and , and the form features a link to download a word document of the application form if this is more accessible for you.

The form will ask for your CV, your access statement (if applicable), and you may upload a budget if you make one. You can find a template for the budget linked in the form. The questions are as follows:

Please describe your practice (100 words)
How much money are you asking for (£500-£1000)?
Please write a short summary of how you would use the bursary (100 words)
What new work or opportunities would this bursary allow / unlock?(200 words)
Why is this the right time for you to pursue this opportunity? (100 words)
Please provide a link to where we can see examples of images or documentation of your work.
You will be asked to complete an anonymous equal opportunities form following submission of your application (used for monitoring purposes only)

DEADLINE TO APPLY: 14 November 2022 at 23:59 GMT

There is an info session about this opportunity and the accompanying fellowship opportunity on 11/10/22 at 11pm. Please find the


Applications will be reviewed by a panel of four people from the West of England Visual Arts Alliance, including representatives from Visual Arts South West and Spike Island.
Selection will be made based on the need of the practitioners and how they articulate how the Bursary will develop their work and opportunities.