Open Call: Research and Development Fellowships and Bursaries

Are you looking to develop your practice? Do you have an idea for a project that could have a positive and lasting impact on the visual arts in the West of England region? Do you need support towards costs and materials?

Apply for a Research and Development Fellowship (£10,000) or a Research and Development Bursary (£500£1,000) as part of the West of England Visual Arts Alliance.

To find out more and to apply, visit the Spike Island website:

The scheme is only open to people living in Bristol, Bath, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire postcodes.


Over the next three years, the West of England Visual Arts Alliance (WEVAA) aims to transform Bristol and the West of England into a place where the visual arts can thrive, providing critical opportunities and support to enable diverse local artists, curators and young people to develop their careers and achieve their potential.

WEVAA is invested in supporting exceptional visual arts projects to grow, across the West of England region. All partners are committed to inclusivity and developing more equitable practices. We consider diversity a strength and are keen to ensure more representation of the different backgrounds and experiences that make up our communities.

We particularly welcome applications from people who are currently underrepresented in the UK arts sector, including those who identify as D/deaf, disabled, LGBTQIA+, or neurodivergent, LGBTQIA+, and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds or living or working in areas of socio-economic deprivation, and those who experience racism.

WEVAA will award three Research and Development Fellowships of £10,000, and 12–17 Research and Development Bursaries ranging from £500£1,000 each. These will be selected from an open application process each year across the three years of the programme.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Tuesday 4 January 2022 at 23:59 GMT