BCN Artist Bursaries

Multistory is offering the opportunity for emerging artists and creatives based in Sandwell and the Black Country to apply for a bursary towards their artistic development. There are five, £500 bursaries available, and you can apply to support the creation of a small piece of work, research, develop an existing project or to experiment with your practice. You will also receive mentoring from Multistory (these will take place either at West Bromwich Town Hall or on Zoom).

The bursary includes a week-long residency at the Wolverhampton School of Art studios to produce your work. There is also the opportunity to give a talk to students and the Blast Creative Network at the end of the bursary period and to use our website to share work in progress, or for creative interventions.

If you’re selected, you will be invited to share your completed work / research on our website and Instagram.

Information Sessions

If you have questions or would you like to know more about the bursaries and how to apply, we’re hosting two informal drop-in sessions before the application deadline, via Zoom, where you can chat to the team and get answers to any questions you may have.

First session: Wednesday 20 April 2022 / 6 to 7pm

Second session: Tuesday 26 April 2022 / 5.30 to 6.30pm

Please send an email to jesspiette@multistory.org.uk telling her what session you want to attend and also to provide your questions in advance, if you can.  You can also ask questions during the session. 

How to Apply

The deadline for applications is Friday 13 May 2022, and we’ll let you know by 20 May if you’ve been successful.

To apply, please email your proposal to jesspiette@multistory.org.uk with ‘Bursary Application’ in the subject line.

In your proposal (maximum 300 words, or a sound recording or video up to 3 minutes long), please outline your ideas for the proposed activity, including what you plan to do and how the bursary would benefit your practice and your work at this time; and the proposed timescale.  

Please include your name, postcode, email, website/social media handles, a short description of your practice and up to five examples of previous work as attachments or weblinks. Please also return the completed monitoring form with your application.

Download this information as a PDF or a Word Document.

Download the monitoring form.

About BCN

The Blast Creative Network (BCN) offers local artists a free, annual programme of talks, workshops, reading groups, discussions and social events and is a space for mutual support, learning and knowledge sharing. It’s a friendly place to meet other local artists and creatives based in Sandwell and the Black Country.

Testimonies from previous bursary recipients:

“It has been an extremely valuable opportunity for me – I wouldn’t have been able to develop and broaden my practice to such a degree without the programme. I have not only gained new knowledge within the field of photography, but also learned a lot about myself along the way. I always felt a bit lost and a lot less confident about my professional practice, but since the bursary project I have a way better understanding of who I am as a person and as an artist – it has given me a sense of place within the art world and creative industry.

Thank you so much again for awarding me the bursary! I just wanted to say that I think Multistory is a very welcoming, supportive and inspiring organisation. I really felt at home discussing my work with and presenting it to the local community. I received very tailored advice and Multistory also organised a very informative fundraising workshop around that same time – it all perfectly aligned with the questions I had asked about applying for other bursaries and grants in the future.” Laura

Thank you Multistory I couldn’t have done it without you and the belief that you’ve had in me. As a disabled woman, I’m not letting this define me at all. You can push the boundaries. This bursary has given me the platform to express myself. I don’t know where this is going to take me, but I’m enjoying it. Which is the beauty of it, it’s wonderful. 

I think I’ve only just touched the surface as to where I’m going to go with my work.  Photography is not just for the elite. It’s for everybody. You know, we’ve all had cameras if you’re working class or middle class, taking pictures of holiday snaps and that’s how it starts. So thank you, thank you so much.” Perm

“The bursary has made such an impact on me being a creative because it’s a struggle to start off but I’m slowly getting somewhere and able to explore and talk about work that I’ve produced. Because of this programme, I have been invited by Dudley college to help students with their work and was also invited to help other students from Walsall college. Another great aspect of the programme was getting to know the others that were also selected for the bursary and being able to work together within projects and that we have kept in contact so that we can make future projects together.” Atlanta