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 exchange.bursaries@somersethouse.org.uk

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

        Timeline

        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?