Graduate Scholarship Programme

About the Scheme:

The Graduate Scholarship Programme is a 12-month scheme managed by the University of Salford Art Collection in collaboration with Castlefield Gallery. The programme was established to support artists in the crucial first year after graduation; providing time and resources to allow recent graduates to experiment and take risks with their creative practices.

We want to encourage artists to remain in Salford and to develop their professional practice within the artist community in the city.  Although the programme is for one year many artists remain in studios in Salford or part of the wider Scholarship network.

The 12-month programme is open to all final year University of Salford undergraduate students from the School of Arts and Media. From 2020 we are also offering up to 1 place for an MA graduate each year.


The scheme opens annually, usually in March/April for applications by May. Please check our news/blog page for forthcoming announcements.

Each award is bespoke and can include:

/ Up to £1000 cash

/ Studio space with one of our partners e.g. Hot Bed Press, Islington Mill, Mirabel Studios or Paradise Works

/ Mentor support, coaching and guidance

/ Professional development and training opportunities

/ Specialised programme of support e.g. with Redeye, The Photography Network.

Graduate Scholars will also have the opportunity to submit work to the University’s permanent art collection. Find out more about previous acquisitions here.

News from our past scholars

2019/2020 Scholarship awards include: Amy Brown (BA Fine Art) joining Mirabel Studios, Mollie Bradshaw (BA Fine Art) and Heather Bell (BA Photography) joining Islington Mill, Bridget Coderc (BA Photography) joining Paradise Works, and MA student Ieva Sedova joining Hot Bed Press.

Sade Mica (2018/19) will be exhibiting in group exhibition Soft Bodies at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, from 20 March – 10 May 2020.

Joshua Turner (2018/19) will be speaking at Redeye The Photography Network event Narratives of Place.

Amy Brown’s (2019/20) paintings are on display at at Night and Day, Manchester from 4 February until 3 March 2020.

Sadé Mica (2018/19) has a solo exhibition, now what, at DKUK, a hair
salon and art gallery in Peckham, London.

Sadé Mica reflects (2018/19) on the Graduate Scholarship Programme, thus far.

Joshua Turner’s (2018/19) article Evidence & Empathy – Thoughts on Sixteen features in The Double Negative.

Jesse Glazzard (2018/19) exhibits his series Queer Letters at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool. (November 2018).

Photographer Joshua Turner (2018/19) is interviewed by India Booth about his latest Kickstarter project. (September 2018)

Joe Burton (2015/16) has released his debut album Songs From The Earthly Kingdom, under his pseudonym Trothgard.

Elliott Flanagan (2017/18) will be exhibiting at PROFORMA with Salford Alumna Sarah Boulter as collaborative duo Nightshift International. The collaborative duo are also exhibiting inTwice as Nice at PS Mirabel.

Lubna Ali (2017/18) has solo exhibition, My Show, My Rules at PAPER gallery.

Lubna Ali (2017/18), Claudia Alonso (2017/18) and Sadé Mica (2018/19) are all exhibiting in group show Push and Pull at New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery.

Lubna Ali and Claudia Alonso (2017/18) exhibit in group show PRINT UnLtd. at Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

2018/19 Graduate Scholars Cohort announced.

Claudia Alonso (2017/18) exhibits work at Manchester Museum. Interview with India Booth regarding the A Rubbish Night at the Museum exhibition at Manchester Museum (April 2018).

Jamal Jameel (2017/18) exhibits in Liverpool.

Joe Beedles performs at the Future Sessions Launch Party.

Joe Beedles (2015/16) to give a performance at CFCCA.Graduate Scholarship Programme 2019 application form.