HCA / The Arts Society Bursary

HCA / The Arts Society Bursary
One award/bursary of up to £2,500 (funded by The Arts Society)

The HCA / The Arts Society Bursary supports traditional crafts that contribute to our living heritage. The grant is primarily aimed at assisting the training of apprentices.  It is recognised, however, that apprenticeships are not the only route to learn a craft skill and other training routes are included. Applicants can apply for a grant for any amount up to £2,500 which can cover or contribute towards:

  • buying specialist tools or materials;
  • the cost of attending a specialist training course;
  • buying books and study materials;
  • payment for training with a craftsperson.

Support for the national heritage has been a cornerstone of The Arts Society since its inception as the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies in 1968. Previous The Arts Society Bursaries have been awarded to those in traditional heritage crafts such as, weaving, basket making, hand engraving, stone and wood carving and ironwork etc. With the HCA / The Arts Society Bursary, particular emphasis is placed on helping those crafts that could be in danger of dying out without additional support, and which are covered by the interests of The Arts Society.

Initial judging and shortlisting will be by the Heritage Crafts Awards judging team, and final interview, selection and approval will be by a committee made up of The Arts Society and HCA representatives. Interviews are in London and will take place in February 2019, date to be confirmed by The Arts Society. The HCA / The Arts Society Bursary certificate will be presented to the successful applicant at the HCA Conference in London on 9 March 2019.

Opening date for applications: Saturday 1 September 2018
Closing date for applications: Friday 30 November 2018, 2pm

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