New Contemporaries Studio Bursary with One Thoresby Street


Sophie Mackfall exhibition at OTS, Y Shaped Strokes, 2019. Image: Adam Grainger

New Contemporaries is delighted to be offering a year-long studio bursary in partnership with One Thoresby Street, (OTS) Nottingham from November 2021 to November 2022.

The opportunity to apply for a free studio at One Thoresby Street is open to all New Contemporaries Alumni from the last 9 years (2012 to 2020 inclusive).

One Thoresby Street is home to a vibrant community of artists and plays a significant role in the dynamic Nottingham art scene. One Thoresby Street was an exhibition partner for the launch of Bloomberg New Contemporaries in September 2015.

This is the fifth year of the studio bursary opportunity, which has previously been awarded to Viviana Troya (alumni 2018) in 2019, Sophie Mackfall (alumni 2016) in 2018, Seungjo Jeong (alumni 2016) in 2017 and Sophie Giller (alumni 2015) in 2016.

"The highlight of the residency at One Thoresby Street was for me the luxury of seeing diverse art-forms created on site, presented at the weekly series of members-led exhibitions in which I also participated"

Seungjo Jeong

"My residency bursary with New Contemporaries at One Thoresby Street studios has allowed me to move and experience a new city, expand my artist practice enormously, and allowed me to be part of an exciting community of artists in both the Thoresby Street studios, and the wider group of artists across the other artist-led spaces"

Sophie Giller

Benefits of the studio and membership include:

  • Lockable personal studio with 24hr access & inclusive free Wifi
  • Access to a vibrant community of members with a range of skills and varied artistic practices
  • Access to peer to peer discussion and developmental advice with OTS Staff
  • Opportunity for solo exhibition in OTS project space.
  • Opportunity to present work in the OTS external street-facing light box.

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

Bursary dates:

November 2021 to November 2022.


  • You must have exhibited as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries between 2012 and 2020 inclusive.
  • The bursary is for studio space and membership only and does not cover any living costs – OTS can provide help and assistance if recipient is relocating.
  • You must agree to provide a minimum of five images for social media, marketing and publicity purposes, and produce a creative piece for the New Contemporaries Blog. The exact form of the blog and social media content is to be agreed in advance with New Contemporaries.

Application Requirements:

To apply please fill out the Equal Opportunities Form and and thisApplication Form in 11-point font containing the information below:

  1. Name and year you were part of New Contemporaries.
  2. Artist CV containing contact details. No more than 1 page of A4.
  3. Short statement about your work. No more than 300 words.
  4. Summary of no more than 300 words explaining how the opportunity will benefit your practice, how you plan to use the studio and contribute to One Thoresby Street life. For artists applying that are not currently based in Nottingham, it would be useful to understand how you are going to support yourself, as living expenses are not included in the bursary.
  5. A maximum of 5 examples of your work as images, videos or sound links. Including title, year of completion and medium of work. Please note that these works must have been completed within the last 2 years.

Send PDF application to by no later than 10:00am Monday 9 August 2021.

Please number the pages and put your name on each page. Please entitle your PDF document in the following way: FirstnameLastname_OTSStudio2021

If you would like to apply by video or audio application, please contact ahead of the deadline.

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

We will let you know if you have been successful by late August. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Previous Recipients


Viviana Troya (alumni 2018) was the third recipient of New Contemporaries' Studio Bursary with One Thoresby Street (OTS), Nottingham.

Viviana Troya recently completed her MA Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art, London. She holds a PG Diploma in Multimedia Creation and a BA degree in Painting from the University of Los Andes, Bogota. Recent exhibitions include Festival of Latin American Women in the Arts FLAWA, London, 2019; New Names, Miguel Urrutia Museum of Art (MAMU), Bogota, 2019; Beacon Project, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California, 2019; Strangelove Festival, Quarterhouse, Folkestone, 2019; All Your Diction [Solo show], Espacio El Dorado Gallery, Bogota, 2018. Selected awards include the Emerging Artist Award from the Government of Colombia, 2019; the Scholarship Beca para Colombianos en Proceso de Formación, Ministry of Culture, 2018; and Honorary Mention, Artist Residency Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, 2017.

Blog Post: Viviana Troya


Sophie Mackfall (alumni 2016)was the third recipient of New Contemporaries' Studio Bursary with One Thoresby Street, Nottingham. From November 2018, Sophie has access to a free studio, membership to OTS and a support structure offered by their community of artists.

Sophie (b. 1984, York, UK) completed her BA Painting and Printmaking at Glasgow School of Art and MA Painting at the Royal College of Art, London. Exhibitions include ‘WHAT YOU DO, I LIKE’, Hospitalfield; ‘We Eat and Drink and Sit by Fires’, NEW STUDIO; and ‘The London Open’, Whitechapel Gallery. From 2009 - 2011 she was a Committee Member of Transmission Gallery, Glasgow.

Blog Post #1: Sophie Mackfall

Blog Post #2: Sophie Mackfall

Blog Post #3: Sophie Mackfall

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Seungjo Jeong (alumni 2016) was the second recipient of New Contemporaries' Studio Bursary with One Thoresby Street, Nottingham. Seungjo completed his BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2015) and his MA Painting at the Royal College of Art (2017). He had his first solo exhibition at the Hockney Gallery, London, UK (2016). Recent group shows include Korean Cultural Center, New York, USA; Kulturpalast Rabenstein, Chemnitz, Germany; Historic Centre of Athens, Athens, Greece (all 2017); ICA, London, UK; Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, WI, USA; Arop, Antwerp, Belgium; Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK; Oriel Davies Gallery, Wales, UK; OUTPOST, Norwich, UK; Research House of Asian Art, Chicago, USA; Sejong Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea; Houses of Parliament, London, UK (all 2016).

Blog Post #1: Seungjo Jeong

Blog Post #2: Seungjo Jeong

Blog Post #3: Seungjo Jeong


Sophie Giller (alumni 2015) was the first recipient of New Contemporaries’ Studio Bursary with One Thoresby Street, Nottingham. Sophie completed her BA Fine Art Painting at Camberwell College of Arts, London in 2014. Since exhibiting in Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015, she has shown at The Assembly House, Leeds with BNC alumna Lydia Brockless, Safehouse 1, Peckham, London and The Raveningham Centre, Norfolk.

Blog Post #1: Sophie Giller

Blog Post #2: Sophie Giller

Blog Post #3: Sophie Giller

Blog Post #4: Sophie Giller