SSW Graduate Award Programme

Image: Artists in Residence participating in Florence Dwyer Centering project 2017. Documentation Lorna Campbell.

The Graduate Award Programme, devised in collaboration with previous artist residents and graduate award winners, brings together 4 recent graduates from Scotland’s Universities on residency at SSW. Coming together for a month, the artists have opportunity to make new work and learn new skills within a supportive environment and community, bolstering their practices in the challenging year following graduation.

This award builds on and furthers SSW’s existing support offered through emerging/ graduate residencies and our previous university partnership awards (including the Fred Bushe Award) and aims to enhance provision for Scotland’s graduates by providing a more holistic support structure for artists at this critical point in their practices.

The focus of this programme is to support artists skills development in particular strengthening making and technical skills in addition to fostering local and national peer relationships and exploring new career pathways post study.

This award offers selected graduate artists:

A group residency at SSW from 4 November — 25 November including group work in the form of introductory artist-led talks and exercises and residency studio sharings, timetabled bespoke support from technicians and professional development sessions with Programme and Communications Manager and SSW Director.

Three mentoring/ advice meetings with SSW staff members throughout the year following on from the residency (until June 2020) to support both technical ideas or professional development as well as an additional mentoring session with an ally organisation to support further networks and practice.

Year round profile raising through SSW’s website

Direct funding towards travel and production during the residency of £400.

Selection Process

This residency is awarded through university partnerships and does not follow our regular open call application process. These partners are Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh, Glasgow School of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art at the University of Dundee and Gray’s School of Art at Robert Gordon University.

Students are selected from each of the four university partners degree shows by members of the SSW team. The panel visit each degree show and invite a small number of students to attend informal interviews to discuss their future plans and how SSW can support them. One student is selected per university and the student selected for the award will be announced at during or shortly after their degree show.






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