The Bursary

Celeste C. da Luz bursary winner
Celeste C. da Luz

SAOS Bursary Scheme

Each year we try to support new artists to take part in the open studios summer event by offering bursaries. Bursary winners will be eligible for free entry to the Surrey Artists’ Open Studios Summer event 2020, worth £80, as well as free entry to one of our training courses. Artists will need to register as SAOS members in order to participate in these opportunities. (Annual membership is £50.) Please send a statement of your work and no more than two images to Caitlin at info@surreyopenstudios.org.uk.

The deadline for next year is 22nd November 2019.

Our 2019 bursary winners are:

Celeste C. da Luz

Being an artist isn’t easy, which makes peer learning between artists more important. I’m more than delighted with the SAOS bursary as it gives me the opportunity to meet other local artists and to share ideas among each other, which is very rewarding and satisfying. The bursary also activates my creativity on exhibiting and promoting, and encourages me to develop a new series of work!

Uriya Jurik bursary winner
Uriya Jurik

Uriya Jurik

As this year I am completing my MA Fine Art degree at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, being awarded the SAOS bursary is a fantastic opportunity to showcase my talents and engage with a wider audience in Surrey. Coming from Kazakhstan, I highly appreciate that SAOS not only provides a great platform to express and share the artist’s creativity but also enables the public to appreciate the essence of different cultures. Working in a wide span of media from painting and photography to installations and performance, I am hoping to successfully contribute to a vibrant Surrey art community.

Jennifer Court bursary winner
Jennifer Court

Jennifer Court

Receiving the bursary is important to me as it offers an opportunity to show my art to the public for the first time in Surrey. It has opened a door for me as it makes me part of a community of artists and offers a way to meet others with similar interests. The artist open studio festival will be an important deadline for me to aim for. I really can’t wait to get involved.

Anna Louise Cox bursary winner
Anna Louise Cox

Anna Louise Cox

Last summer I made the decision to leave my full-time job as a jewellery design assistant in Cambridge so I could move to Reigate; close to where I grew up. I wanted to use this opportunity to make my art my main priority again and to focus on my art career. As an emerging artist, now only in part-time employment, being awarded a bursary has been tremendously supportive.