2 weeks until 2018 JD Fergusson Arts Award (travel) deadline

October 17, 2017 by Perthshire Creates

With two weeks until the deadline for applications for The JD Fergusson Awards Trust 2018 (Travel), closing date of Tuesday 31 October 2017, there’s still time to make a submission for the 2018 JD Fergusson Travel Prize, worth in the region of £3,000 – £4,000.

Being awarded this prize offers a wonderful opportunity to artists looking to boost their career or take an inspirational break to develop personally and professionally.  Previous winners have travelled to the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Italy and the Antarctic.

Helen Smout, Chief Executive of Culture Perth & Kinross, explained: “The JD Fergusson Arts Award Trust aims to encourage promising Scottish artists at a timely moment in their careers by giving an annual award. The 2018 Travel Prize is very much aimed at artists looking for the freedom to develop their ideas and travel to their chosen destination to research and develop their artwork.”

Awards are given in alternating years for exhibition (development and production of new work) and travel (research and development exhibition).

The award is open to artists working in any visual arts discipline, within the following criteria:

  • If you were born in Scotland or have spent more than half your life resident in Scotland.
  • Any professional training undertaken was completed three years ago or more.
  • Any awards or support received (e.g. residencies, grants) within the last two years were not over the value of £1,000 on any one occasion.
  • You are not an elected member of any of the major award-giving artistic bodies, e.g. RSA, RSW.
  • You have not previously won the JD Fergusson Arts Award.

An example from the resulting body of work will be selected for inclusion in the Fergusson Gallery’s permanent collection in a gallery dedicated to the artist on Perth’s Tay Street.

The last Travel Prize winner was Jennifer Argo, a visual artist, illustrator, sculptor and graduate of Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, who received £4,000 to finance a two-month working trip to New Zealand. Jennifer studies the structure of nature on a large and small scale, from constellations and sites of special geological interest, down to those of neural cells, molecular tissue, and botanical structures. Her proposal to undertake a period of research and exploration in New Zealand, to gather imagery and gain inspiration from its unique landscape stood out for the judges and dovetailed with the national theme of Innovation, Architecture, and Design for 2016.  Following her journey to New Zealand, Jennifer created new sculptural and illustrative work as well as architectural installations and habitats. To view more images of her work and projects go to www.jenniferargo.com

To enter or for more information visit www.culturepk.org.uk/museums-galleries/the-fergusson-gallery/jd-fergusson-arts-awards-trust/.