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Congratulations to Artsadmin’s Bursary Artists 2020-21

Artsadmin is delighted to announce the five artists who have been selected for our 2020-21 Artists’ Bursary award.

Artsadmin’s Bursary offers support for UK-based artists at any stage in their career working in live art, contemporary performance and interdisciplinary practice, and has been made possible with generous support from Arts Council England and Live Art UK’s Diverse Actions programme. As part the Bursary, each artist receives:

  • A cash award of £4,000
  • Regular meetings with Artsadmin staff
  • £300 mentoring budget to work with another artist, a critical thinker or dramaturg
  • £200 budget to go and see work
  • £200 budget for well-being
  • A week-long studio residency at Toynbee Studios
  • An invitation to present work at Toynbee Studios
  • A hotdesking scheme in the Artsadmin office at Toynbee Studios 
  • Advocacy and marketing support 
  • Support for access requirements and travel expenses

The 2020-21 Artsadmin Bursary recipients were chosen from 510 applications through a UK-wide open call, selected by staff – Reena Kalsi, Michael Norton, Cat Harrison, Róise Goan, with input from Ania Obolewicz – and external panellists – Salome Wagaine, Project Manager of Diverse Actions; Alexandrina Hemsley, a dance artist and writer; and Noëmi Lakmaier, a live artist.  

“Artsadmin is thrilled to be working with these five artists through our Artists’ Bursary Scheme. It was humbling to read the 510 applications submitted through the open call, which signals not only the range and quality of artists working in the field of contemporary performance in the UK but is also indicative of the heightened need individual artists have for institutional support and funding. In an extremely competitive context, our panel spent a long time deliberating on where our support could have the greatest impact. In their work these five exceptional artists each demonstrate a bold curiosity in their approach to form, and a tender sensitivity to questions of identity and community. We are excited to see their practice evolve over the coming year and greatly look forward to being of assistance throughout that process.”

Róise Goan, Artistic Director, and Deborah Chadbourn, Executive Director, Artsadmin

“I’m really excited to see these artists supported. The applications overall represented the breadth, ambition and variety of contemporary and interdisciplinary performance around in the UK at the moment and I felt lucky to have read them. I hope that they have a good year!”

Salome Wagaine, Diverse Actions, Project Manager

“We had the privilege of reading all 510 applications and partaking in the rigorous selection process. It was so inspiring to read about such a wide variety of artistic disciplines and practices from artists across the UK. While we are so excited to celebrate Elsabet, Hetal, James, Krishna and Tammy, we also want to acknowledge the nuanced, risky and challenging work presented by all of the applicants. We look forward to supporting these five artists and will continue to adapt our free and open services to support as many other artists as we can during this crisis.”

Reena Kalsi and Michael Norton, Artist Support Producers, Artsadmin

Artsadmin’s Artist Support team supports UK-based artists working in contemporary performance at all career stages. We offer:

We’ll be spotlighting each of the Bursary artists on our Instagram, Twitter and FacebookFind out more about them on our website too: