In connection with our landmark exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia - Crip Arte Spazio: the DAM in Venice - Creative Scotland are offering one disabled visual artist the opportunity to undertake a 7-day self-directed research and development trip. 

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Deadline: 5pm on Friday 28th June 2024

What's on offer?

  • A free trip to Venice - we recommend travel is undertaken in September 2024, however this is flexible to the needs and availability of the selected artist.

  • An artist bursary of £5,000.

  • Travel to and accommodation in Venice for a seven day trip. Travel within Venice is also covered.

  • Entry tickets to exhibitions and events whilst in Venice, including a pass to the Biennale exhibitions at the Giardini and Arsenale.

Who is this opportunity for?

  • This opportunity is open to disabled visual artists at any stage of their career.

  • Applicants must have a visual arts practice.

  • Applicants must be based in Scotland.

  • Applicants must be over 18 years old.

Who can't apply?

  • Organisations or companies.

  • Full-time students cannot apply to this fund. Part-time students can apply but must prove their part-time status and that this opportunity does not contribute to their academic studies.

  • Artists living or working outside of Scotland.

How do I apply?

Applicants must send either a written application (Word or PDF) or a short video application - please apply in the format most accessible to you. Your application should be emailed to David Hevey.

The application should include the following information:

  • An overview of your artistic practice, including links to documentation of previous work. You can share these by either embedding working hyperlinks in your application or by attaching a maximum of 3 files. If attaching files, please provide titles, dates, and dimensions of artworks in the file names or written application. Try to select documentation that is relevant to your proposed approach to this opportunity. 

  • An outline of the short-term potential impact this opportunity may have on your creative development, focusing on any particular aspects of the Venice Biennale or Shape Arts' project that are important to you. Do you have a specific outcome in mind? Are there identifiable skills, research, networking, or learning opportunities you would like to focus on? (Maximum of 200 words.)

  • Additionally, in no more than 200 words, tell us about the long-term benefits to your creative and professional career development that this opportunity will provide. How will this opportunity help your creative career in the long-run? Why is the timing important to you?
  • proposed travel plan including preferred dates and how you would prefer to travel. (Maximum of 200 words.)

  • An outline of any specific access requirements you may have for this trip and the planning involved. A full Access Rider will be issued for the successful participant (see 'Access Support' below for more information).

For a video application please answer the above questions in English or BSL.

  • Videos should be no more than 5 minutes long.

  • Please clearly state the question you are answering before providing your answer.

  • Ensure the recording has no background noise.

  • Videos do not need to be professionally recorded. You can use your smartphone or webcam, for example.

  • Please upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo and send a hyperlink via email.

  • For support with video applications, please email Liam Roden.

When do you need my application by?

Please email your application by 5pm on Friday 28th June 2024.

How does the selection process work?

Applications will be reviewed by a selection panel including representatives of Shape Arts and Creative Scotland. The awardee will be decided based on the likely impact and benefit to the artist’s practice as outlined in their application, including the strength of their creative ideas in the context of the Venice Biennale and the developmental potential.

When will I be notified of the outcome?

Applicants will be notified of the decision no later than 12 July 2024.

What's expected of me if I am selected?

  • The trip is intended to inform the artist's creative practice and strengthen opportunities for future development through first-hand experience of this major international platform.

  • The selected artist will be asked to provide a biography and documentation of their work to be included in publicity materials.

  • The selected artist will be expected to produce a blog or social media post.

  • The selected artist will be asked to contribute to an evaluation of the programme to help inform future opportunities.

Access support Pink digital image of two hands signing (BSL)

Support making an application Support for the selected artist
Step 1: read Creative Scotland's guidance on access support. As part of your application, you are asked to outline any access requirements you may have for the trip. 

It is important that you complete this section to provide us with the information we need to support your ambitions.

Step 2: contact Creative Scotland's Enquiries Team at [email protected].

Shape Arts’ team will collaborate with the successful applicant to provide access and PA support, make travel arrangements and plan on-site activities in Venice.

If you are a BSL user, you can access Creative Scotland's services with the Contact Scotland BSL Programme.

We recognise that applicants may need to put in place unusual/atypical childcare arrangements (beyond those used routinely) and we will work collaboratively to meet requirements.

If you have any general questions, you can also contact David Hevey.

About Venice Biennial 2024

The 60th International Art Exhibition titled Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere will take place from Saturday 20 April to Sunday 24 November 2024, curated by Adriano Pedrosa, the first Latin American to curate the International Art Exhibition. Adriano Pedrosa (Brazil) is currently the artistic director of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand – MASP, where he has curated many exhibitions, including Histories of Dance (2020) and Brazilian Histories (2022). The Biennale also includes 88 National Participations in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the city centre of Venice, and 30 Collateral Events promoted by non–profit national and international bodies and institutions, in several locations around Venice. They offer a wide range of contributions that enrich the diversity of voices that characterizes the central exhibition.

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