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31 Jul 2019

Fine Art graduates encouraged to apply for ABF’s Step Change Fellowship Programme

Applications are now open to 2018 and 2019 graduates of Loughborough’s BA Fine Art degree for two £10,000 fellowships to study on a one-year artistic development programme based at the University.

In partnership with the Artists' Benevolent Fund (ABF), the ABF Step Change Programme provides sponsorship funds to artists in England and Wales to help to launch, sustain and develop their careers.

The fellowships are open to recent graduates who are looking to pursue a professional career as an artist, and have been set up to support artists who are facing difficulty in developing their career or embarking on an artistic career full-time.

The successful applicants will receive £10,000 cash from the ABF as well as access to a range of facilities including studio space in Fine Art, access to academic, technical and professional staff, and a £250 materials budget. The Step Change programme will mirror the AA2A (Artists' Access to Arts Colleges) project, which Loughborough also participates in, and the fellows will exhibit alongside them in the 2020 Loughborough University Arts Festival.

The partnership has grown out of research by Dr Antoinette Burchill in her role at The CAMEo Research Institute, University of Leicester, in partnership with Contemporary Visual Arts Network East Midlands into the region’s visual arts creative economy and cultural infrastructure, and the gap it identified in developmental/creative industries support for 18- to 34-year-old visual arts practitioners. Dr Burchill is also a Fine Art University Teacher at Loughborough University.

The Step Change Fellowships will commence on 30 September 2019 for one year and will be based within Fine Art at the University.

Full details, FAQs and a link to the application form can be found online. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 22 August 2019.