ECA/ESW Graduate Bursary Award Call for Applications

Deadline: Friday 19th June 2017 at 5pm

Each year Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, in collaboration with Edinburgh College of Art, offers a Bursary for students graduating from ECA’s School of Art BA, MA or MFA courses.

The aim of the bursary is to help emerging newly-graduated artists to establish themselves after leaving college, make connections with Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s artist’s network and encourage contemporary sculpture practice in its widest sense.

Deadline: Friday 19th June 2017 at 5pm

Bursary entitles the successful applicant to:

  • £500 towards materials
  • A free studio at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop for 3 months September – November 2016
  • Full access to the workshop equipment and facilities (charges apply to consumables)
  • Experience of working alongside established artists
  • Support from the technical, administrative and programme staff at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
  • An end of project exhibition in one of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s spaces
  • 1 year’s free membership of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

Conditions of Bursary

  • The bursary must be carried out over three consecutive months at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
  • Collaborative proposals will be accepted but the award must be shared

How to apply:

Please complete the application form, and send with the following:

  • A one-page statement of outlining your practice, your interest in the Residency, and how it will benefit your work.
  • CVs of all artists involved
  • Supporting material – This must be in the form of a pdf containing up to 8 images and no larger than 10mb in size. You can include links to work online and your website within this document. If you want to include moving image/sound work in your application either include links to your work online or send them via dropbox or a similar file sharing utility.

Applications should be sent by e-mail to with ‘2017 BURSARY’ in the subject line.

Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged within 2 days please contact the office if you don’t receive this acknowledgement by then.

If you have any further questions about any aspect of the application please feel free to phone 0131 551 4490 or to e-mail

Download the Graduate Bursary Info Pack and Application pack below:

Graduate Bursary 2017 Information Sheet

ECA ESW Bursary application from 2017

Deadline: Friday 19th June 2017 at 5pm

Selection Panels and Timescales

All of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s artistic activities are selected by a panel of arts professionals.


Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop will inform all applicants of the outcome of the process and offer feedback on unsuccessful applications if requested.

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop background Information

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop supports emerging and established artists and seeks to promote sculpture and contemporary artistic practice to diverse audiences by encouraging excellence, innovation, experimentation and debate across all areas of our activity.

As well as providing studios and fully-equipped Wood and Metal workshops, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop staff is on hand to provide technical and administrative support to artists.  There is an IT suite with Macs and digital equipment and free internet access is available.

Successful applicants will be offered 1 year’s free membership dating from the beginning of the bursary award.

As well as having 24hr access to their studio residents can make use of the workshop facilities, spaces and research resources available. This is the UK’s first building of this type and operates within a framework designed to empower artists. There are two apartments onsite, one of which is suitable for families.

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop is based in Newhaven close the cultural hub of Leith and with easy access to the centre of Edinburgh. This places it within a network of galleries, museums, arts festivals and technical facilities. The residency also provides opportunities for networking between residents and the broader cultural life of Scotland.

Download the Graduate Bursary Info Pack and Application pack below:

Graduate Bursary 2017 Information Sheet

ECA ESW Bursary application from 2017