Open call

WEVAA Research & Development Fellowships

We seek three visu­al art projects that have con­sid­ered how their work devel­ops the broad­er visu­al arts com­mu­ni­ty in the West of Eng­land region.

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 seek visual art projects that have considered how their work contributes to and develops the broader visual arts community in the West of England region. This could be projects in the early stages of development, for which time, space and support is needed in order to progress to a scale that has lasting benefits for other artists and the region. You may need the opportunity to focus on research, gathering insight and input from other artists and communities.

The selected Fellows are each awarded £10,000 for one year, and all projects have to be completed within twelve months. As this opportunity is funded by Arts Council England, applicants cannot seek match funding from Arts Council England (through Projects Grants or similar).

Desk space for selected Fellows is available in the Visual Arts South West office based at Spike Island.

We will guarantee an informal conversation to applicants who meet the essential criteria and 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 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 a budget. You can find a template for the budget linked in the form. The questions are as follows:

Please describe your practice (100 words)
What activity would you undertake if awarded the fellowship? (300 words)
What impact will this activity have on the wider visual arts sector in the region? (300 words)
What challenges do you anticipate in the delivery of this activity, and what measures will you take to prepare for them? (300 words)
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


In the first stage, 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, Spike Island and an external artist.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a short interview online via Zoom where they can present their work in more detail and will be asked a few questions sent in advance of the interview. A per diem of £250 will be available towards the preparation for the interview.

All applicants will be notified of whether or not they were successful in their application. Unsuccessful applicants will be given general feedback based on what shortlisted applicants had in common