Studio Bursary Opportunity for Bloomberg New Contemporaries Alumni


Studio Bursary in Partnership with Bluecoat


27 March 2019

New Contemporaries is delighted to be offering for the first time a year-long studio bursary in partnership with Bluecoat, Liverpool from June 2019 to June 2020.

The opportunity to apply for a free studio at Bluecoat is open to all Bloomberg New Contemporaries Alumni from the last 8 years (2011 to 2018 inclusive).

Bluecoat is home to a vibrant community of artists and plays a significant role in the dynamic Liverpool art scene. Bluecoat was an exhibition partner for the launch of Bloomberg New Contemporaries in September 2016. *

Benefits of the studio include:

  • Lockable personal studio & inclusive free Wifi
  • Access to a vibrant community of members with a range of skills and varied artistic practices
  • One-to-one advice and support from Bluecoat’s Head of Programme, Curator and Assistant Curator
  • Access to Print Studio
  • 6 x 5 m

To be considered please read the application requirements and criteria below.

Bursary dates:

June 2019 to June 2020


  • You must have exhibited as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries between 2011 and 2018 inclusive.
  • The bursary is for studio space only and does not cover any living costs – Bluecoat can provide help and assistance if recipient is relocating.
  • You must agree to produce 4 blogs for the New Contemporaries website over the year describing your experience of having the space.

Application Requirements:

To apply please submit one PDF document set in 11 point font containing the information below presented in the following order:

  1. Artists CV containing contact details. No more than 1 page of A4.
  2. Short statement of no more than 300 words about your work.
  3. Summary of no more than 300 words explaining how the opportunity will benefit your practice.
  4. Short statement of no more than 300 words describing how you plan to use the studio and contribute to Bluecoat life. For artists applying that are not currently based in Liverpool, it would be useful to understand how you are going to support yourself, as living expenses are not included in the bursary.
  5. Which year you exhibited in Bloomberg New Contemporaries.
  6. A maximum of 5 images of your work. Including title, year of completion and medium of work. Please note that these works must have been completed within the last 2 years. We are unable to view moving image work as part of this application process, but you are more than welcome to include stills.

Send PDF application to by no later than 10:00am Tuesday 23 April 2019.

Please number the pages and put your name on each page. Please entitle your PDF document in the following way: FirsnameLastname_BluecoatStudio2019

Regrettably only applications submitted in the format above will be considered.

We will let you know if you have been successful by the beginning of May. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer feedback on unsuccessful applications.

* Bluecoat is an inclusive arts centre in the heart of Liverpool, offering a year-round programme of exhibitions and a range of music, dance, literature, live art and heritage activities and events.

As custodians of an historic building, which marked its 300-year anniversary in 2017, they are also home to around thirty artists, collectives, arts organisations and craftspeople.

As the UK's first arts centre, they have a rich artistic heritage. Their ambition is to be an artists’ hub for the North, increasing the visibility of and opportunities for the region’s artists, and internationally recognised for their residency and exchange programmes.

They want to develop new approaches to audience development, expanding opportunities in the arts for all and reaching those who would otherwise face barriers to involvement in the arts.

They want to showcase Bluecoat’s distinctive building, its history and deep relationship with Liverpool, making it a compelling venue for visitors to experience these narratives and their resonances in the present.