MA Bursary Awards 2018

Gertrude Aston Bowater was a student at the School of Art in the 1940s and over her long life she had a passion for art. As a result of this she requested in her will that her family create a bequest from her estate that would provide for up to three Full Time MA student bursaries of £6,900 to contribute towards the cost of fees.

The Mike Holland Bursary is an initiative developed by Joanna Greenhill Holland [Trustee of the Mike Holland Trust]. Mike Holland was the Head of School of Art at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design from 1995 until his death in 2002. He was a very talented painter who recognised the value in all disciplines. In his name this MA Bursary contributes to support one Full Time student per year, with a bursary of £6,000 towards the cost of fees.

Through our partnership, the School of Art organises many events and opportunities for all of its students and staff to work with Tate Liverpool on art production, curating, learning and research projects which we would actively expect candidates for these awards to engage in.

How to apply

To apply for one of the above bursary awards you must hold an offer to one of the Birmingham School of Art MA Programmes by deadline of applications. You are then invited to apply (separately) for a bursary via a letters of application (with your contact details listed) which should consist of the following:

  • Artist statement (500 words)
  • A proposal outlining what you hope to get out of your MA Programme (500 words)
  • A short statement explaining how you would actively make use of the opportunity to work with staff and resources at Tate Liverpool while studying for an MA in the School of Art.
  • A CV
  • For practice led candidates a PDF of a maximum of 10 images of recent work

What we will be looking for:

  • Clarity of concept
  • Sense of practice
  • Research skills/ areas
  • Relationship/ reference to contemporary context
  • Evidence of technical skills (where appropriate)
  • How this award will support your studies
  • How you propose to engage with the School of Art partnership and school-wide activities

Application Deadline: Friday 29 June (9.00am)

Upon receipt of your application, the panel will review your application and decide on a shortlist. Applicants will be notified of selection for the shortlist before the end of Friday 29 June.

Interviews: Wednesday 7 July

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview on Wednesday 7 July. If you cannot attend your candidacy will be rendered void.

To clarify, these bursary awards are available to all applicants who will be on FULL TIME study on ANY of the Arts Based Masters Programmes.

Please indicate in your application the programme you will be starting in September and please confirm in your application your mode of study as full time.

Please send all bursary applications to:

Rebecca Court
Head of Postgraduate Taught Programmes