New Contemporaries Studio Bursary with Bluecoat

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Emily Motto's studio at Bluecoat 2019-2020

Studio bursary in partnership with Bluecoat Liverpool

New Contemporaries is delighted to be offering a year-long studio bursary in partnership with Bluecoat, Liverpool from July 2021 to July 2022.

The opportunity to apply for a free studio at Bluecoat is open to all New Contemporaries Alumni from the last 8 years (2013 to 2020 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, and hosted our inaugural Bluecoat Studio Bursary recipient Emily Motto (alumni 2014) between 2019 and 2020.

Application deadline:

10am Monday 24th May 2021

Benefits of the studio and membership 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 studio

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

Bursary dates:

July 2021 to July 2022


  • You must have exhibited as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries between 2013 and 2020 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 digital content for New Contemporaries audiences (on at least 2 occasions over the residency) elaborating on your experience of having the studio and your practice.


To apply please fill out the equal opportunities form and this Application 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 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. 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.

You must save your application form as a PDF document titled in the following way: FirstnameLastname_BluecoatStudio2021

Please send your PDF application and Equal Opportunities Form form to: by no later than 10:00am on Monday 24th May 2021.

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 the beginning of June. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to give individual feedback due to limited resources.

* Bluecoat is Liverpool's centre for the contemporary arts, located in the heart of the city. It hosts a diverse programme of exhibitions showing national and international artists, as well as home grown talent. Bluecoat delivers performance, literature, and heritage events, and is committed to finding new ways to open the arts to everyone.

Based in the city’s most historic building, Bluecoat is a creative hub and home to around thirty artists, arts organisations, craftspeople and retailers. It is a fierce champion of regional talent and internationally recognised for its residency programme.

Bluecoat sees the value in directly connecting audiences with artists and in encouraging mutual learning and exchange. Its renowned outreach programmes focus on those who would otherwise face barriers to involvement in the arts.

Previous Recipients

Emily Motto (alumni 2014) was the inaugural Bluecoat Studio Bursary recipient between 2019 and 2020. Emily Motto (b. 1992, Orpington) studied at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford. Selected exhibitions include Provisional Conditions at Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall, London; Taking Shape: Sculpture on the Verge at Pangaea Sculptors' Centre, London; ON&OFF at Proyecto Medellin, Mexico City; Saatchi New Sensations at Victoria House, London; and the December Mostra at the British School at Rome, Italy. Solo exhibitions include Intervals at NLS Kingston, Jamaica; Holdfast at Chalton Gallery, London; and Postures at Rice+Toye, London.

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Blog Post 1: Emily Motto

Blog Post 2: Emily Motto

Oriele Steiner (alumni 2016) received our first bursary opportunity in Liverpool, following on from our partnership with The Royal Standard and Bluecoat . The Royal Standard is home to a vibrant community of artists and plays a significant role in the dynamic Liverpool art scene.

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Blog Post: Oriele Steiner