Somerset House Exchange Bursaries

To ensure Somerset House Exchange is made up of a diverse community of creatives, we offer bursaries of 25%, 50% & 75% off membership rates to people who are underrepresented in the creative and cultural sector, or who have an impactful creative idea that needs a little support to get to the next level.

      Bursary places will be available for a twelve-month period, with potential to renew for a second year. Our bursary places are specifically looking to redress balance in terms of gender, disability, ethnicity, and socio-economic background, and are open to applicants of all ages.

      We are not currently taking applications for bursary places, however please note non-bursary applications for Somerset House Exchange memberships are still open, which start at £60 per month + VAT.

      If you have any questions or would like to express interest in future bursary applications, don’t hesitate to get in touch via

        Somerset House Exchange is supported by the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund.


        This will be the first of several rounds of bursary member recruitment. A further call for bursary applications will open in October 2020.


        Selection Criteria

        Working with the Mayor of London, Somerset House has committed to ensure Somerset House Exchange bursaries recipients are:

        • 25% from BAME backgrounds
        • 50% women
        • 38% from lower socio-economic groups

        Somerset House Exchange is a shared workspace for freelancers, individuals and small businesses (of 10 or less), who:

        • Work in the arts and/or creative industries*
        • Incorporate and embrace innovation
        • Have a collaborative approach to their work
        • Strive to increase diversity within their industry.

        Applications will be considered from those working in the creative arts industries: 

        • Advertising & Marketing
        • Animation
        • Architecture
        • Craft
        • Creative tech (VR, AR, game design)
        • Design (product, graphic, fashion)
        • Film, TV, video, radio & photography
        • Heritage
        • Museum, galleries & libraries
        • Music
        • Performing & visual arts
        • Publishing
        • Writer
        • Influencers
        • Training, development & consultancy in the creative arts 

        Applications will be assessed according to the following selection criteria:

        • Access and diversity (25%) – in relation to the stated targets
        • Creative potential (25%) – quality of creative thinking and originality of applicant’s work
        • Sustainability and viability (25%) – is the business or project at a stage that would benefit from being part of Somerset House Exchange and does it have the potential to become self-sustaining?
        • Community contribution (25%) – will the bursary recipient play an active role in the Exchange community?