Two Bursaries of £150 each and free tickets will be offered for individuals to attend either Theaster Gates’ performance lecture at St Georges or the Public Art (Now) Masterclass on Theaster Gates’ Sanctum, as an opportunity to share their experiences on the Public Art (Now) blog.

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Please note that as all bursary applications are now closed for this year.
Past bursary opportunities included:

We’re looking for blog entries which operate as reports from the live events and workshops, rather than critical reviews, which open up the discussion and debate about where, when and how public art takes place. Could this be reported by you? Applications are now open for four bursaries of £150 each to support emerging writers to attend and report from Theaster Gates’ performance lecture at St Georges on Saturday 31st October, and the Public Art (Now) Masterclass workshop on Wednesday 18th November.

Apply to attend Theaster Gates’ one night only performance lecture at St George’s, Bristol on Saturday 31st October:
Theaster will be performing for one night only at St Georges Bristol as part of the opening weekend celebrations of the Bristol & Bath Art Weekender. To apply, please email Georgina Bolton at with no more than 300 words on why you feel attending this live event is of interest to you. There are two bursaries available and the deadline for applications is Monday 12th October.

Apply to attend the Public Art (Now) Masterclass on Wednesday 18th November:
This Masterclass will take place in central Bristol at the Watershed, and forms a part of the Festival of the Future City programme. Experiences of both creative teams (Situations and MAYK) will be shared on the production of Sanctum, covering logistical, practical, communications and engagement challenges whilst considering the complexities of time and duration in public art. More information on the workshop here.


Published blog reports by previous bursary winners at can be read on the Public Art Now Blog.

It was a really energizing day and a productive balance of listening, thinking, playing and mingling with some brilliant people. Writing for the blog allowed me to explore some of the questions raised further, questioning levels of risk, and applying these reflections to my own cultural practice.

Niamh O’Connor: Bursary winner for Professional Development Workshop, Taking Risks in Public Art, at Folkestone Fringe Hub, Friday 31st October, 2014




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