Bridging the Gap printmaking bursaries

Closing date:

Northern Print

Northern Print is offering bursaries for three young artists, with opportunities to explore, challenge and share ideas about print with other early-career practitioners, Northern Print staff and external organisations with expertise in, and links with printmaking.  

Each recipient will be provided with access to Northern Print’s studio facilities alongside the materials and tailored technical support needed for them to develop skills and explore print as the focus of their work.  

The support includes: 

  • Intensive induction week with time to connect with the other bursary artists. 
  • Free access to Northern Print’s professional printmaking facilities up to 35 days including technical support from our studio staff. 
  • Materials budget (up to £500) 
  • Opportunity to exhibit work produced in Northern Print’s gallery or online. 
  • A small budget to support access needs or travel expenses. 

The bursaries are designed to be as flexible as possible with scope for each artist to plan their own programme of work, goals, and timetable. For example, artists can choose to work intensively for a shorter period of time or spread their time in the studio over a number of months. Recent digital developments offer scope for digital and blended activity as part of this project. 

Read more information about the studio’s facilities here

Who can apply? 

A formal degree is not a requirement. All applicants need to demonstrate a quality body of work and ideas for exploration within print. For those applicants applying after completing a degree course we are looking for evidence of a strong commitment to continued practice post-graduation.  

Artists will need at least basic printmaking skills and must indicate how the project will enable them to develop printmaking as a key element of their work. 

We will be looking for applications illustrating an interest and some experience in printmaking, with a clear written statement demonstrating commitment to developing their work with a strong print focus. 

A selection panel will review all applications. The panel will include a representative of Northern Print’s staff team, a trustee and an external artist. 

Bursaries must be completed by August 2024. 

How to apply

To apply please submit the following:

  • CV, statement and up to 10 images of your work– showing your interest and commitment to printmaking to date.
  • A brief proposal about how you would like to use the bursary to develop your practice. Don’t worry if you don’t know exactly what you would like to produce: it’s OK to say that you would like to experiment, but Northern Print do want to see that you have an idea or approach to getting the most out of this opportunity.
  • An indication of when / how you would use the bursary such as an intensive period of practice development or production, after a current residency is completed, etc.
  • The name and contact details (email and phone number) of two referees.
  • Completed Diversity Monitoring form (this is not linked to your application but forms part of our monitoring processes.)

Budget £500 materials budget

Deadline 30 November 2023

Stepney Bank Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2NP

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Please note that this programme of bursaries has been funded to support young artists. You will be required to provide evidence that you are aged 30 years or less at the end of August 2024.  

Apply via the online application form. If you would like support in accessing the application please contact Northern Print.


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