Axisweb Awards 2020


About our Awards

At Axisweb we understand the difficulties artists face in maintaining and developing their artistic practice and careers. Whether through critical engagement, promotion, advice or the procurement of space, we are committed to supporting and nurturing the talent of artists across the UK. Often the most needed and transformative type of support is financial. With that in mind, we are proud to announce our AXISWEB AWARDS 2020. 

Axisweb Awards 2020 is 100% self financed. This independence helps us support our members without the influence of external funding requirements. Our Awards 2020 are about space, time and funding to be ambitious, challenging, and supportive.

Axisweb Awards 2020 is an opportunity for our Members. In addition to financial support, we are also developing several exciting collaborations with other arts organisations in order to maximise the value of these awards to our Members. More information on each of these will become available as the year progresses, so make sure to stay tuned! 

To reflect the diversity and idiosyncratic nature of artists practice we have split our awards into several streams. Throughout 2020 we will make announcements when each Award stream is open. Our Members will be the first to know!

Award Streams

Research and Development Bursary (Round 1 - CLOSED)
Seeks to support members in the evolution of ideas to support their artistic practice.

Learn more about the R&D Bursary here >

Project Commission (Round 1 - CLOSED)
To support members who require additional resources and support to develop and disseminate their ideas.

Learn more about the Project Commission here > 

Exhibition Commission (Summer 2020)
For artists who have experience of exhibiting their work in a gallery setting and are ready to develop and complete a new body of work. 

Moving Image Commission (Summer / Autumn 2020)
For artists with experience in the completion of moving image work, who can show evidence of initial development, and an idea that is ready to be taken into production. 

Writing Commission (Spring 2020)
For writers who want to develop and publish an original piece of creative or critical writing. 

Supporting Talent Bursary (Spring 2020)
For artists in need of a timely intervention to help them overcome an obstacle in their practice. 

To apply for any of the AXISWEB AWARDS 2020 you must be a member of Axisweb. To find out more click here.

Our decision making process

Detailed criteria are set out for each award stream on the relevant page.

All our opportunities involve a two-stage process of longlisting and shortlisting. The final decision will be made by Axisweb’s Trustees supported by the staff team. 

Axisweb Trustees directly involved include Sara Martin (Head of Programme, Turner Contemporary), Holly Slingsby (Artist) and Fiona Grady (Artist).

For certain award streams we will involve independent advisors to help inform the decision making process. Independent advisors will be announced when an Award Stream opens.

We are also committed to:

  • Providing the necessary information to support your application

  • Transparency in the application and decision making process

  • Providing status updates at key milestones

  • Informing all applicants of the final outcome

Members Only

Our series of Artist Awards supports our members in evolving new work, starting new projects and experimenting with new processes.

Not a Member and want to apply for future Artist Awards?

Join Axisweb

Full Membership (£4.50 per month) is by application and includes a Profile, Directory Listing, Opportunities Finder and FREE Public Liability Insurance, FREE Product Liability Insurance and FREE Professional Indemnity Insurance. 

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Network Associate (£2.50 per month) includes FREE Public Liability Insurance, FREE Product Liability Insurance and FREE Professional Indemnity Insurance. 

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About Axisweb

An independent arts charity. We are committed to providing a platform to support artists and profile what they do to foster a more engaged and diverse community of artists, commissioners and audiences.

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Need help?

If you need help or have any questions about the Axisweb Artist Award get in touch.

Our email is [email protected] or call us on 01924 200502.