NAS Bursary Scheme - Open Call for Applications



Announcing the Launch of the fully funded New Art School Bursaries.

The New Art School is delighted to announce the launch of the NAS Bursary scheme, offering ten fully funded places on our Contemporary Fine Art Practice and Contemporary Painting mentoring programmes.

The NAS bursaries address the clearly identified lack of diversity in the sector and challenge the barriers that many artists face as a result of their socio-economic background, race, ethnicity or disability.

The programme will run from September to June 2022 and will comprise of:

  • Monthly contact with an established contemporary Scottish artist.
  • Full participation in the programme cycle, including feedback sessions.
  • A group exhibition and a solo presentation in a NAS virtual gallery space.
  • Group crits with the other participants and a mentor on Zoom.

In addition to this, three of the ten selected candidates will receive £100 of free materials kindly awarded by Cass Art.

Deadline to receive applications: Thursday 15th of July


Further Details

With the Bursary Scheme, The New Art School specifically aims to further enrich the visual arts in Scotland by addressing the clearly identified lack of diversity in the sector and challenging the barriers that many artists face as a result of their socio-economic background, race, ethnicity or disability.

The New Art School is an online visual arts mentoring platform offering a range of ten-month long programmes of one-on-one mentoring sessions with some of Scotland’s leading visual artists. Our mission is to bridge the gap between Scotland’s rich source of world-class visual arts talent and those emerging artists seeking focussed, direct educational experience.



The Bursary Scheme seeks to expand and enrich the visual arts in Scotland by opening a pathway to becoming a professionally trained independent visual artist for those who might otherwise struggle to find such on opportunity as a result of their geographic location, socio-economic background, race, ethnicity or disability. We welcome applications from emerging Scottish-based artists of any age and background who are not enrolled as a student elsewhere. (We consider an emerging artist to be someone who is not represented by a commercial gallery and has not recently had a funded solo show in a public gallery).



We want the application process to be straight forward and uncomplicated — applications are submitted online and consist of the three most important things.


Images of Work

We want to see what your work looks like. So we ask you to upload up to ten images of recent work. Recent means anything you’ve made within the last two years. Show us what you feel is your best stuff — not necessarily your most finished or polished pieces, but the work that you are most interested in — the stuff you want to talk about. Don’t obsess about presentation, just take the best quality images you can and let the work speak for itself.


Statement of Practice

Now that we can see your work, we want to hear what you have to tell us about it. Don’t worry about saying things “the right way” or in the correct language — we just want you to tell us in your own voice about what you’re doing. Tell us what you thinking about when you make your work, as well as how you make it and what you’re trying to achieve.


Personal Statement

Lastly, we want to know a bit about yourself as a whole person. To make meaningful work, all artists need to locate themselves within the larger frameworks of their own lives and society. Everything is valid and we want to know about you and your experiences.

  • What is your background?
  • How have you come to be on your current path as an artist?
  • Where do you see yourself going and what would help you get there?
  • Why are you interested in this opportunity?

There are no right or wrong answers, tell us about yourself and your experiences, whatever you feel comfortable sharing. We would also like to know about any obstacles have you had to overcome to get where you are right now and what sort of barriers you might currently face.

Applicants should fill out an online application where you can upload up to 10 images of recent work in JPEG or PNG format. If you have any specific needs in terms of accessibility, let us know and we can arrange an alternative. The deadline for applications is 23.59pm on Thursday 15th of July. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a Zoom interview (end of July) and if successful will be informed by email by mid-August 2021.



The selection process will be overseen by a mixed panel comprised of mentors from the NAS. The panel will review all applications closely before conducting interviews that will comprise a short Zoom call (roughly 20 minutes). At interview the panel will be looking to establish the most suitable candidates — those who will benefit most from the programme and who will in turn further the aims and objectives of the NAS, as outlined above, through their participation and future development. The interview will also give the candidates an opportunity to ask any questions of their own as well as tell us more about themselves, their work, their background and any barriers they may have experienced. The panel will be looking to identify emerging artists who will benefit the most from the opportunity.

Candidates will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • Their existing work shows promise.
  • Their working methods will benefit from direct feedback.
  • Their participation will help alleviate any socio-economic and/or geographic barriers they may currently face.
  • Their participation will contribute to diversity in the arts with regard to ethnicity, race and/or disability.

If you feel that this opportunity would be valuable to you, that you would benefit from the course and would like to apply, we would love to hear from you.

If you have any specific accessibility needs, please contact us.


*Please note: Unsuccessful applicants will be notified in due course but we regret that we are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.