Dover Prize Fund

The Dover Prize is a 2-year bursary of £10,000 that will support excellence and experimentation in the arts and creative industries. The bursary will be awarded to an artist or artists to provide them with time to think, research, reflect and/or experiment with new ideas that will create work to be premiered in Darlington.

The award of a bursary is intended to allow for time to:

  • Consolidate current ideas and build on existing work
  • Explore new collaborations and contexts for making work
  • Experiment with new approaches and fresh perspectives
  • Generate new ideas
  • Discover new sources of inspiration.

On applying to the Dover Prize, applicants must outline what they would use the bursary for in developing their practice and profile. The financial award should therefore be used to pay for costs directly related to developing work for a premiere, which might include but are not restricted to:

  • Travel to other art practices, galleries, (including other countries where it can be shown that there would be a specific benefit)
  • Training/workshop costs attached to developing the work
  • Items of equipment
  • Art materials
  • Materials for the final exhibition or premiere

Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can still apply to the fund if you have been unsuccessful in previous year(s)
  • There is no exception or variation to the criteria
  • The Fund will not cover general studio costs
  • Work for the Dover Prize (once awarded) must be completed in the UK
  • Community art projects are ineligible

Who can apply?

This opportunity is open to any UK-based creative practitioner, individual or collective and will be awarded for work that meets the aims of the Dover Prize in raising the profile of contemporary arts in Darlington to make a positive impact on the town.

A distinguished panel has agreed to consider the applications later in the year. Panel members include:

  • Carol Sommer Visual artist and lead member of blimey! – a Darlington based visual arts collective
  • Elinor Morgan Senior Curator at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
  • Greville Worthington Chairman of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, board member of Acquisitions Committee of The Patrons of New Art at Tate, and former board member of the BALTIC and the Henry Moore Foundation
  • James Beighton CEO of Tees Valley Arts and former curator at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
  • Jane Tarr Director, Organisational Resilience, Environmental Sustainability and Newcastle, Arts Council England
  • Kathy Wiper Tutor Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College
  • Lesley Taylor Regional chair of The Art Fund and former trustee of the Bowes Museum
  • Rita Smith, National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies, artist and former head of art at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College
  • Stephen Wiper, Creative Darlington Manager, Darlington Borough Council

Before applying please read the Dover Prize Guidelines
 

Steps to apply for this grant