NEAC Scholarships: Annual scholarships are awarded by the NEAC to early-career artists

NEAC Artist Scholarships worth over £5,000 are available to early-career artists aged 18 and over working in figurative painting, drawing or printmaking.

 

The 2023-24 Scholarships were awarded to Rae Birch Carter (who received a £5,000 bursary) and Owain Hunt and Polly Smedley (who were each awarded a £250 prize). Find out more here.

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What is the opportunity, and who is eligible?

The three scholarships are aimed at individuals who have not historically benefited from many opportunities to engage with the NEAC, and aim to support those who face financial barriers in pursuing the arts in a professional capacity. Early-career artists includes anyone who feels they are at the beginning stages of their professional artistic career, regardless of age. Applicants should be based in Great Britain.

 

The successful applicants will benefit from a scholarship prize to support artistic development, as well as having the opportunity to attend classes and develop mentoring relationships with the talented membership of the NEAC. It is hoped that successful applicants will continue to engage with the NEAC beyond the scholarship year.

 

One artist will be selected to receive a prize of £5,000, and a further two artists will receive £250 each.

 

The £5,000 award offers:

- £5,000 scholarship prize, paid in two instalments, to facilitate the artistic development of an early career artist
- A year of close mentorship with leading figures of the NEAC
- Free entry to all courses, classes and workshops run by the NEAC Education Programme.
- Work created during the scholarship year will be showcased in the NEAC Annual Exhibition at Mall Galleries in 2024

 

The two £250 prizes offer:

- £250 scholarship prize
- A year of mentorship with leading figures of the NEAC
- Free entry to all courses, classes and workshops run by the NEAC Education Programme.
- Work created during the scholarship year will be showcased in the NEAC Annual Exhibition at Mall Galleries in 2024

 

Past NEAC Scholars speak highly of the experience, saying:

"Leaving the comfort zone of my studio and daily habits, and allowing myself to try new experiences has been a great journey. Attending regular life drawing classes and workshops led by all different artists has taught me to experiment with various approaches and techniques. This has been a year of self-discovery, becoming a lot more confident and determined. The only negative aspect is that the journey has gone by way too fast!"    Gabriella Marchini

 

"Being granted the NEAC scholarship has felt a little like doing a self-directed MA in observational drawing. Through experimenting freely at the excellent life drawing classes, having the chance to work in other ways on the workshops as well as the encouragement received at the 1-1 mentoring sessions with NEAC artists, I have been able to investigate, reflect on my process and consolidate my work."   Beverley Isaacs