SSW Graduate Award Programme

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

The Graduate Award Programme will return in 2024.

The Graduate Award Programme is devised in collaboration with previous residents and graduate award winners. It brings together 4 recent graduates from Scotland’s Universities on residency at SSW. Coming together for a month, the artists can make new work and learn new skills within a supportive environment and community.

This award builds on SSW’s existing support offered through emerging/ graduate residencies and our previous partnership awards (including the Fred Bushe Award). It aims to enhance provision for Scotland’s graduates by providing more holistic support 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, fostering local and national peer relationships and exploring new career pathways post study.

This award offers selected graduate artists:

A group residency at SSW including group work in the form of introductory artist-led talk, exercises and studio sharings. Timetabled bespoke support from technicians and access to workshops.

Mentoring/ advice meetings with SSW team throughout the year following on from the residency to support both technical ideas or professional development. 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. 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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