Studio Bursary Opportunity for Bloomberg New Contemporaries Alumni with Elephant

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Studio Bursary Opportunity for Bloomberg New Contemporaries Alumni with Elephant


9 October 2018

New Contemporaries is delighted to be offering a month long studio bursary in partnership with Elephant from February 2019 to March 2019. The opportunity is mainly but not exclusively for artists who use paint as their primary medium in their practice.

The opportunity to apply for a free studio at Elephant Lab is open to all Bloomberg New Contemporaries Alumni from the last 5 years (2014 to 2018 inclusive).

About Elephant Lab

Elephant believes that visual thinking triggers societal thinking. In the spirit of this belief, we have established Elephant Lab; a space to foster creativity and feed curiosity. We encourage experimentation and collaboration, bringing artists together with scientists to investigate the correlation between life and art.

Elephant Lab offers artists time, space, materials and access to specialized knowledge. Housed in a large (34m²), well-lit and fully equipped artists’ studio, Elephant Lab is located next to the Innovation & Development laboratory of Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris at the Studio Building in West London, close to the new home of Elephant West.

Here is an environment where artists can investigate and innovate with materials offered by the fine art brands, supported with specialist technical knowledge from the chemists in the I&D laboratory and art professionals on the Elephant team.

Benefits of the studio include:

  • Access to all materials from fine art brands; Winsor & Newton; Liquitex and Conté à Paris
  • Professional support from Elephant and New Contemporaries teams
  • Technical and specialist knowledge from I&D laboratory chemists
  • Public Open Studio event at residency culmination
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Great free Tea and Coffee machine
  • Weekday access 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

To be considered please read the application requirements and criteria below.

Studio Bursary dates:

February 2019 to March 2019.


  • You must have exhibited as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries between 2014 and 2018 inclusive.
  • Painting must be your primary medium.
  • The bursary is for studio space only and does not cover any living costs.
  • You must agree to produce 1 blog for the New Contemporaries website.

Application Requirements:

To apply please submit one PDF document set in 11 point font containing the information below presented in the following order:

  1. Artists CV containing contact details. No more than 1 page of A4.
  2. Short statement of no more than 300 words about your work.
  3. Summary of no more than 300 words explaining how the opportunity will benefit your practice.
  4. Short proposal of no more than 300 words describing how you plan to use the studio. For artists applying that are not currently based in London, it would be useful to understand how you are going to support yourself, as living expenses are not included in the bursary.

All proposals should have one or more of the following attributes:

  • Experimental
  • Innovative
  • Collaborative
  1. Which year you exhibited in Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2014 – 2018).
  2. A maximum of 5 images of your work. Including title, year of completion and medium of work. Please note that these works must have been completed within the last 2 years. We are unable to view moving image work as part of this application process, but you are more than welcome to include stills.

Send PDF application to by no later than 10am 12th November

Please number the pages and put your name on each page. Please entitle your PDF document in the following way: FirsnameLastname_ElephantStudio2019

Regrettably only applications submitted in the format above will be considered.

We will let you know if you have been successful by early December 2018. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer feedback on unsuccessful applications.