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Joyce Spurr Art Travel Fund

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Joyce Spurr Art Travel Fund

The Joyce Spurr Art Travel Fund offers financial support for fine art students to attend exhibitions or arts events in the UK.


Awards from this bursary are to help students learn from, and find inspiration in, exhibitions that they would not otherwise have been able to attend.

The bursary has been made possible by generous donations from Sheffield-based artist, Joyce Spurr, and her supporters.

“As an artist, one of the best things is seeing other artists learning and developing their craft. That’s why I wanted to start this fund – to give young people a chance to be inspired and develop their skills.” – Joyce Spurr


What you could get

You can apply for one of five award levels:

  • £50
  • £100
  • £150
  • £200
  • £250

Awards can be used on UK travel, admission costs, accommodation, and food and drink costs of up to £10 a day.

Who can apply

To be considered, you must be fully enrolled on an undergraduate or postgraduate fine art course.

If you had an award in a previous year, you must have submitted your trip report on time, and have provided receipts if requested.

You can receive one Joyce Spurr award per academic year. 

How to apply

Applications for the 2022–23 academic year will close at 23:59 on Sunday 9 July 2023. The bursary could close sooner if funds are used up.

To apply, you need to submit an application form. The form will ask you for:

  • the level of award you are applying for,
  • an outline of your travel plans,
  • the expenses you want support with, and what you expect them to cost,
  • the exhibition(s) you want to attend, and why,
  • your bank details.

If you are travelling in a pair or a group, you each need to submit an application form.

When assessing applications, we will look for reasonable travel plans and a statement that explains why you want to attend the chosen exhibition(s). 

What happens next

If you get an award, we will tell you by email and pay funds into the bank account on your application form. We usually do this within one month of your application.  

You will need to make your own travel arrangements, and should use student discounts and railcards wherever possible. If your award is £150 or more, you will need to submit receipts of your expenses.

You must complete your trip and submit a report by 1 September 2023.

Submitting a trip report

After your trip, you must complete a report about how it has influenced your artistic practice. Your report must:

  • be at least 300 words
  • contain at least one photo
  • be submitted within a month of your return, or by 1 September 2023, whichever is sooner.

Application form and guidance

We recommend reading the application guidance document before starting your application.

Get help

For more information about applying for scholarships, please contact:

Student Funding Team

0114 225 2222

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