Henderson Bursary Award

Supporting emerging artists

You could win an all expenses paid, solo exhibition at the largest community arts festival in Scotland.



Are you passionate about developing a career in the arts?

The Henderson Bursary Award is not just an art prize, it's a stepping stone to establishing your future career.

Winning the Bursary means you get to show your work to an audience of over 20,000 visitors, plus added exposure through our festival’s promotional efforts. It’s a chance to build your network within the art community, connect with potential buyers, and get noticed by galleries.

We supply the venue, accommodation, and logistical support to make your participation worry-free. And even if you’re not the top winner, being shortlisted still brings recognition. We also promote shortlisted artists, ensuring your work gets the attention it deserves. 

See below for more information about award.

About the Award

Prestigious and practical

Pittenweem Arts Festival has offered a Bursary to an early career artist for the last 17 years. Most of the winners have gone on to have fantastic careers in the arts.

In recent years we have been very grateful for the sponsorship of the Bursary by David and Sheila Henderson, residents of Pittenweem and exhibiting artists at the Festival.

What's included

We pay for your accommodation (for 2 people) and the venue for your exhibition, as well as up to £300 of additional expenses.

The venue is down by the Harbour in Pittenweem, a prime spot in the Festival with high footfall.

We will also provide support with hanging and promoting your work, and you'll feature strongly in our brochure and marketing.

Eligibility & criteria 

The award is open to all emerging artists, including recent University graduates, Further Education college leavers and self-taught artists

Selection will be by the Festival Board. We assess both the work, its suitability for the venue and audience, and that it will reflect positively on our brand and reputation.

How to apply & key dates

Please complete the application form. The form details all entry requirements, terms & conditions.

The form also details the requirements for images of your work, which should be sent separately to info@pittenweemartsfestival.co.uk.

Applications must be made by the 15th March.

Last year's winner

Last year our Henderson Bursary winner was Siobhan McLaughlin. Her work beautifully reflects nuances of the landscape, and with a practice combining personal experience with compositional and sustainable devices she creates non-traditional landscape paintings.

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