Support for older artists forging new directions

Luminate awarded bursaries to 11 older artists working in Scotland to extend their professional development and launch new projects. 

The successful recipients are all aged over 50 and in the early stages of a new artistic career. Several have practised different art forms throughout their lives but were now moving into new directions while others were forging entirely new careers across the arts including dance, writing, visual arts, printmaking, and sculpting.

“Can’t tell you how brilliant it’s been having this bursary, it’s catapulted me into a completely different place, both in my head and also in the skills that I’ve now got and that I’m developing.”

Sophie Bancroft

“The bursary gave me the confidence to continue working without the support and structure of university and define myself as an emerging artist and maker.”

Carolyne Nurse

Bursary recipients

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    Suzy Aspley Creative writing

    Suzy has gained attention as a crime writer with her debut novel

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    Sophie Bancroft Filmpoems

    Sophie is a singer, songwriter and writer looking to use film and imagery in her work

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    Heather Croft Jewellery (enamel)

    Heather will develop her metalworking skills, and share her learning

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    Carolyne Nurse Metal sculpting

    Carolyne works with washed up seaweed from beaches in Fife and Angus

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    Catherine Macleod Printmaking

    She took tailored printmaking courses through the Highland Print Studio

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    Christine Thynne Dance and movement

    Christine will explore her passion for dance and love of kayaking

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    David Taylor Creative Writing

    David’s writing project will tell the newly discovered stories of his grandfather.

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    Nigel Ashworth Theatre director

    His bursary will allow Nigel to work on a professional production

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    Ingrid Bell Visual art

    Ingrid will document the unique flora of Shetland

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    Joyce Davies Printmaking

    Joyce is a self-taught artist, who specialises in monoprinting

  • An older woman with grey/blonde hair is looking at the camera. She has blue eyes and is wearing a thick silver cable necklace

    Linda Lewin Creative writing

    Linda will write her first book, exploring her Burmese-Karen heritage

“I was both nervous and excited at the prospect of a two week stretch to focus on art work uninterrupted , something I’d not been able to do for many, many years.”

Ingrid Bell