Artist Research Bursaries & Time Away at Nethy Bridge

By Laura Fisher on 13.10.20

As The Work Room begins to restart our residency programme and slowly welcome some members back to the studio in Tramway, we recognise that a return to studio practice is not currently possible for some members. Through these bursary awards, we are happy to support ten members proposals with flexible, remote research time to sustain and deepen their artistic practice in these uncertain times, with priority given to members who currently experience barriers to returning to studio practice.

We are conscious of the stressful conditions of the current pandemic situation, and the uncertainty and challenges facing independent artists at this time. We are grateful for the time and consideration that went into all of the proposals we received.


The selection process was carried out by TWR members Aniela Piasecka, Tony Mills, Aby Watson, Sara Kemal and Emily Nicholl. They undertook a challenging job, bringing a high level of care and consideration to the decision-making process for which we extend our thanks to them all for.

We are delighted to announce the Artist Research Bursaries have been awarded to members:

Amy Rosa, Aya Kobayashi & Monika Smekot, Clarinda Tse, Elaine Kordys, Emma Jayne Park, Jian Yi, Kate E Deeming, Lesley Howard, Stephanie Arsoska and Vee Smith.

The bursaries support members to engage in a wide range of self-initiated research activities and projects, including; periods of reflection on previous projects, development of new skills and collaborations, time to pivot practice and furthering ongoing or new research ideas.

Read more about the research each member will undertake by follwoing the Residency links below


In addition to the Artist Research Bursaries, two artists were selected by the panel to spend Time Away in Nethy Bridge, hosted by Robbie Synge. Members Amy Rosa and Jian Yi will both independently spend Time Away in Nethy Bridge as part of their supported research time, to develop their enquiries amongst the rich and peaceful landscape of the Cairngorm mountains.


We are excited to be able to support an expansive range of practices and research proposals through these bursaries. We look forward to seeing how each artist approaches their enquiries and any outcomes they share from their time. The Work Room also looks forward to developing our understanding and approaches to supporting members with remote opportunities.  

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