Bursaries & Mentoring Support

Full-Cost Bursaries, supported by the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Plymouth Culture Board and Plymouth College of Art, plus Full-Cost Bursaries available to members of the Consortium for Research Excellence and Training (CREST):

Making Futures is intended as an inclusive platform with contributions representing the full spectrum of interests across the field. Although a not-for-profit venture (we have held delegate fee's at 2015 prices) we are conscious of the fact that the cost we must charge can mean that practitioners who do not enjoy institutional support might find themselves excluded on cost grounds.

We are therefore pleased to announce that with support from the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Plymouth Culture Board and Plymouth College of Art, we are inviting applications for approximately 14 full cost conference bursaries for independent creatives, (artists, craftspeople, designers and makers) without the institutional support of a College or University. The scheme will cover the full cost of registration for the two days, with recipients having responsibility for their own travel and accommodation.

 

The Consortium for Research Excellence and Training (CREST):

Presenters whose institutions belong to the GuildHE CREST network will be able to apply to CREST for bursary support through the CREST Researcher Mobility Scheme. Bursary places will be limited, but applicants should email the CREST coordinator for details.

 

Bursaries for Independent Creatives:

Independent creatives without access to institutional support are invited to apply to the bursary scheme as outlined below under 'Application Process – Conference Bursary Stage'. Please note that priority will be given to those who have submitted an abstract that has passed the peer review system.

 

Mentoring Support for Bursary Applicants:

Feedback informs us that while independent practitioners have important contributions to make, some can feel intimidated by the academic format of Making Futures and inhibited from participating on these grounds.

To help address this issue, we are offering online mentoring support for those bursary applicants who feel that it might help them bring their voice to the debate. The mentoring will be conducted by Paul Harper, the CraftNet representative for the South West, and freelance researcher and writer on art and craft. The mentoring support will be offered in two stages:

  1. Practitioners who intend to submit Abstracts to appear at Making Futures as presenters can avail themselves of on-line Abstract Proposal Mentoring if they wish.
  1. Those who pass the Peer Review stage may also avail themselves of on-line support to develop their full conference papers and/or practice-based presentations.

 

Application Process – Abstract Mentoring Stage:

Ensure you have read the ‘Rules and Eligibility’ criteria below. Then submit a short email of no more than 250 words entitled Abstract Proposal Mentoring and provide:

  • Your name, address and telephone contact.
  • Your work as a practitioner.
  • A short statement on your area of interest and how it addresses one or other of the conference workshops and/or indicative themes.

We will be in touch with you to tell you whether or not you have been accepted to the Abstracts Mentoring stage, and to arrange when this mentoring support will occur (see timescales below).

Send your email to the Conference Secretary at: conference@pca.ac.uk

 

Application Process – Conference Bursary Stage:

Ensure you have read the ‘Rules and Eligibility’ criteria below. Then submit a short email of no more than 200 words entitled Conference Bursary Application and provide:

  • Your name, address and telephone contact.
  • Your work as a practitioner.
  • State whether you have been accepted through Peer Review to present at the conference.
  • if you have been accepted to present, give a brief resume of your proposal and identify of which workshop or indicative conference theme it addresses.
  • If you are applying as a non-presenter delegate, give a short statement on why you think you will benefit from attending this conference.
  • Indicate whether you would like some on-line mentoring support to develop your presentation/paper.

We will be in touch with you to tell you whether or not you have been allocated a bursary, and (if you requested it) accepted to some on-line mentoring support, and to arrange when this mentoring will occur (see timescales below).

Send your email to the Conference Secretary at: conference@pca.ac.uk

 

Bursaries & Mentoring Programme Dates:

Support for Abstracts:

  • Submission deadline for all requests for Abstracts Mentoring Support: 10th April 2017.
  • On-line Abstracts Mentoring Support between: 24th April to 22nd May 2017 (Final Abstract Submission date)
  • Submission deadline for all Abstracts: 22nd May 2017
  • Peer Review process: 22nd May to 9th June 2017.
  • Authors notified of peer review: between the 12th and 30th June 2017.

Applications to Bursary Scheme:

  • Submission deadline for all requests for Bursary Support: 17th July 2017.
  • Notification of successful applicants for Bursary Support: after 24th July 2017.
  • On-line Mentoring Support for Paper/Presentations development: 27th July to 4th September 2017.

 

Rules and Eligibility:

Mentoring Support:

  1. In order to be eligible for Abstract and/or Paper/Presentations Mentoring you must be a creative practitioner (artist / crafts-person / designer-maker / maker) without institutional support from a College or University.
  2. Acceptance into Abstract Mentoring does not guarantee receipt of a full bursary.
  3. To receive Abstract Mentoring support, you must agree to submit your Abstract for Peer Review and to attend the conference if it is accepted.

Applications to Bursary Scheme:

  1. In order to be eligible for bursary support you must be a creative practitioner (artist / crafts-person / designer-maker / maker) without institutional support from a College or University.
  2. To receive bursary support, you must agree to attend the conference across the two full days.
  3. It is not necessary to have passed through the Abstract Proposal Mentoring stage to apply for a full bursary.
  4. It is not necessary to have had an Abstract accepted by Peer Review to apply for a full bursary. However, the allocation of bursaries will be dependent upon:
  • Priority given to those accepted through the Peer Review process to present at the conference.
  • The number of eligible applicants in relation to available funds for bursaries. If the number of eligible applicants who pass Peer Review outstrips the bursaries available, selection will be based the on the grading system and opinions of the Peer Reviewers.
  • If, following the allocation of bursaries to presenters, there are bursary places still available to non-speaker applicants, selection will be made according to the 200 words statements submitted.