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Older Artists’ Bursaries

Building on the success of our Older Artists' Labs, Luminate Scotland are delighted to announce the launch of two brand new bursaries to support older artists in their professional development and to make new work.

Both bursaries are open to artists aged 50 or over
who have recently embarked on a new artistic career, including those who
have trained at a young age and have returned to their practice later
in life, those who have worked in the arts in different capacities and
are now changing direction, and those who have come new to their artform
in their later years.

Professional Development

We have a series of bursaries of between £500 and £1,000 to support emerging older artists in their professional development.

Bursaries can support artists to learn new skills, undertake mentoring, coaching or professional training, or travel - in the UK or further afield - to build networks or attend conferences.

However, these are only examples, and there may be other developmental approaches that you would like to explore.

This is an oppotunity for older artists to define their own development needs, and be supported to meet them.

New Ideas

In partnership with the Saltire Society, we're offering one bursary of £2,000 to support an older artist in the early development of a new creative idea.

Bursaries might support time in a studio and materials to create new work, a residency to afford the time and space to work on a new project, or collaboration with a dramaturg or choreographer and actors or dancers to workshop a new piece.

Sharing Event

All successful applicants will be invited to a networking event as part of our festival in May 2019 to meet other artists and share what they've learned.

How to apply

Download the brief from the Resources section to find out how to apply:

Professional Development

New Ideas

All applications must be received by 12pm on Monday 26th November, and
applicants will be notified of the result of their application by early
January at the latest.

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