Artist Research Bursaries August 2021 - March 2022

Call Out for Applications

Arts Practice
Deadline: 14.06.2021
Published: 27.04.2021

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About the Artist Research Programme

With the gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions, we have recently welcomed artists back into The Work Room (TWR) studio. We are opening a call for our next round of Core Studio Residencies , from August 2021 - March 2022.  Alongside this, we are supporting an additional programme of Artist Research Bursaries, recognising that the pandemic continues to create barriers to returning to studio practice for some, as well as heightening existing barriers for others.

The Artist Research programme is flexible, financial support to enable members to deepen their practice at this uncertain time. The bursaries are about time to think and respond – they do not include studio space. Proposed research might include time towards researching practice, exploring new approaches or developing ideas; time to reflect on past work & how to move forward; time to explore collaborations. Through this programme we anticipate supporting 10 artist led research periods taking place between August 2021 to March 2022 through awarding 10 research bursaries of £1500. The bursary should be used primarily to support artists’ own time but can also include collaborations with other artists or for materials.

Who it's for

The Artist Research Bursaries have been developed to support artists who currently face particular challenges coming out of lockdown or in accessing the studio residency programme at this time. Barriers may be related to illness, disability, caring responsibilities, geographic location or other circumstances.

As part of our commitment to addressing systemic inequalities in dance, and to ensure an expansive range of dance artists and practices are visible and supported, at least 5 of the research bursaries will be awarded to people who self-identify as sharing characteristics with one or more of the following groups, who are currently underrepresented in our membership: Black, Asian and ethnically diverse people;  D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent people; people with parental & caring responsibilities and people who are working or benefits class.


Applications can be made via written, video or audio submission. For more information on how to apply, please refer to the Information and Application Guidelines. These are available to download as word or pdf documents via the links at the top of the page and as an audio file available at the bottom of this page or on MixCloud

Applications for Artist Research Bursaries should be submitted by email to: on or by Monday 14th June 2021. Applicants will be informed of decisions by the Monday 19th July 2021.

For more information about both the Core Studio Residencies and the Artist Research Bursaries, TWR is hosting an informal info session for members via Zoom on Friday 21st May from 2-3:30PM. More HERE


To apply for an Artist Research Bursary, you should: 

  • Be a member of The Work Room (find about membership here)
  • Not be applying for a residency in the 2021/2022 Core Studio Residency Programme (more information about the Core Studio Residencies and how to apply here)

Listen to an audio version of the full Artist Research Bursary Information and Application Guidelines, below.


Read about the artists and projects which were supported in the previous round of Artist Research Bursaries


This round of Artist Reseach Bursaries is offered with additional support from Jerwood Arts.

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