Watershed Media Centre and partners including Situations at the University of the West of England, are pleased to announce the Clark Bursary - 6th UK Digital Art Award. Initiated in 1998, the Bursary has been established to provide opportunities for creative development in digital media through a residency programme, and has built a reputation for innovation, development and quality. This year’s largest award so far of £17,500 will go to an exceptional UK artist working primarily in digital media, to develop their career and proposed idea/s through a supported residency at Watershed.

This is an exciting and challenging opportunity for an artist to be based in the culturally vibrant city of Bristol, and to be given the space, time and support to develop and share their work. The selected artist will be based at Watershed, a leading public media centre for the digital age, and they will be required to document, present and discuss their work in progress to engage audiences throughout the development process. With additional input from key partners such as Situations, a research and commissioning programme at The University of the West of England, the artist will benefit from a responsive network of support and facilitation. In addition to the Bursary partners, this year’s recipient will be selected by a panel from a range of backgrounds including:

Chris Byrne: Chris Byrne has engaged with digital and moving image culture as an artist, producer, arts manager and educator. Chris is Co-director of Art Research Communication and lectures in Contemporary Media Theory at the University of Dundee (www.a-r-c.org.uk)

Iliyana Nedkova:  described as 'a curator of taste and critical discernment', Iliyana is based in both Sofia and Edinburgh working on a range of contemporary art projects (www.a-r-c.org.uk)

Helen Cole: Helen is the Producer of Live Art and Dance and the Artistic Director of the Inbetweentime Festival of Live Art and Intrigue at Arnolfini, Bristol (www.arnolfini.org.uk)

Anthony Rowe:  (squidsoup) artist and previous recipient of the Clark Bursary (www.squidsoup.org)

The Bursary is funded by J A Clark Charitable Trust, Watershed, and Arts Council England South West. In association with the University of the West of England, Bristol.


Full guidelines and the application form are available via the links on the left. If you would like to be kept up to date with the award and its outcomes, email bursary@watershed.co.uk


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