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Whitworth Wallis Fellowship

Whitworth Wallis Trust funds an annual fellowship with Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, in partnership with Birmingham City University’s School of Art.

Applications are sought from BA, MA and PhD fine art or art and design students (Full and Part-time), graduating from Birmingham School of Art, and alumni of up to ten years since graduating.

The selected artist will be paid an artist’s bursary of £1,500 to undertake a fellowship with Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

The aim of the fellowship is to enable the artist to research and study the museum collection and the building to inform their own practice, and to develop their professional career.

The fellowship is aimed at early stage and mid-career artists who have studied at Birmingham’s School of Art and who can demonstrate exceptional creative ability. The fellowship has no defining conditions, moreover it is an opportunity for the selected artist to develop their practice under self-directed research using the city’s museum collections (on display or in store) to inform their work. The successful applicant will have access by arrangement to Birmingham School of Art facilities.

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The selected artist will be paid a bursary of £1,500 (paid in two instalments, October and December 2021).

Application to be submitted on line any time between 1st - 12th September 2021. You can download the application form here.

Interview date: Friday 8th October 2021 at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Fellowship overview:

October 2021: Start up meeting at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to meet curatorial staff and plan the fellowship. The first instalment of £750 is issued to the artist at this point, on signing the contract.

18 October 2021 - 17 April 2022: 6-month fellowship with access to Birmingham Museums’ collections in store for up to 6 days. The second instalment of £750 is issued to the artist three months after commencement of the fellowship.

April 2022: Artist to write and present a short end of project evaluation report about their fellowship, as well as present finished research and/or art work at the Whitworth Wallis Trust board meeting.

Fellowship dates: Monday 18th October 2021 to Sunday 17th April 2022.