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Freelands Painting Fellowships – Bath Spa University

Alumni opportunity: Launch of Freelands Painting Fellowships

Friday, 6 November, 2020

Bath Spa University is pleased to announce its participation in the first Freelands Painting Fellowship.

Alumni of BA Fine Art from the Bath School of Art who graduated at least three years ago (July 2017 or earlier) and have maintained a painting practice since, are invited to apply to become the Freelands Painting Fellow at The University of Brighton or Manchester School of Art.

The fellow will receive:

  • A studio space on-site at the host university.
  • Support from an experienced member of the fine art teaching staff.
  • Experience of working with fine art students, which could include participating in the delivery of group critics, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and lectures as negotiated with your mentor.
  • A solo exhibition at the host university.
  • £20,000 honorarium to support living costs and materials.
  • A group exhibition at the Freelands Foundation Gallery, London including a publication.
  • Access to workshops and fabrication spaces.

Dr Natasha Kidd, Fine Art Course Leader at Bath Spa University’s Bath School of Art, said: “This is an incredible opportunity for one of our alumni to develop their painting practice within the context of one these prestigious art schools. To be offered a studio, financial support and the opportunity to gain teaching experience is an invaluable opportunity especially in the current climate, and the Bath School of Art is delighted to be part of this unique and vital scheme.”

A spokesperson from the Freelands Foundation added: “Freelands Foundation is delighted to launch the Freelands Painting Fellowships. The Foundation is working closely with three partner universities: The Bath School of Art, Bath Spa University; the University of Brighton, School of Art and; Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, to develop the programme. The Fellowships will provide an incredible opportunity for emerging painters to engage with art schools, working alongside painting and fine art students whilst developing their own practice.”

The Freelands Foundation was set up in 2015 to give an increased number of people the chance to engage with and enjoy the arts in the UK, with a particular focus on education. Its ambition is to give everyone access to a creative and cultural education in the belief that it raises their aspirations and transforms their opportunities in life. For more information, visit The Freelands Foundations website.

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How to apply

Graduates of the BA (Hons) Fine Art from Bath School of Art (formerly the Bath School of Art and Design) who graduated in 2017 or earlier, and have maintained a painting practice are eligible to apply to become a Freeland's Painting Fellow, which will be delivered at either Manchester School of Art or The University of Brighton.

Applications should include:

  • Five images of recent work (made within the last two years) Please include the dimensions of the work.
  • A short statement of practice (250 words).
  • A CV listing all relevant experience.

Please indicate your preferred university for consideration for the Fellowship – Manchester Metropolitan University or The University of Brighton, at the top of your personal statement. The above should be put together in one PDF document with images no larger than 72 DPI.


You must indicate how you meet the following criteria:

  1. You must have completed a BA Fine Art from Bath School of Art and Design at least three years ago (July 2017 or earlier).
  2. You must demonstrate a commitment to your artistic practice and a strong portfolio of work.

A shortlist of candidates will be selected by a panel of staff from the Bath School of Art and shall be invited to have an interview with the host university. 

To apply please submit your application and supporting evidence by email to Dr Natasha Kidd via at Bath Spa University by midnight on Sunday 15 November.

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