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2023 Graduate Scholarship Programme: Now Open for Applications

  • Up to £1000 cash 
  • Studio space for up to 12 months 
  • Mentor support, coaching, and guidance 
  • Professional development opportunities 
  • Opportunity to have work permanently acquired into the University of Salford Art Collection

Our annual Graduate Scholarship Programme, run alongside Castlefield Gallery, is now open for applications for 2023.

Established in 2014 to support exceptional artists in the crucial first year after graduation, this 12-month programme grants graduating students from the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology, time and resources to experiment and take risks with their creative practice within a supportive framework.

In 2022/23, we offered five scholarships to graduating artists from Fine Art and Photography alongside one place to a student graduating from the MA programmes. The Scholars are currently placed with our professional partners in  studios at Hot Bed Press, Islington Mill, Paradise Works or receiving support from Redeye, The Photography Network. In previous years we have also supported graduates from Graphics, Fashion Image Making and Styling, as well as Media and Performance and Music based courses. The programme evolves each year as we endeavour to offer opportunities to the graduates we think we can best support.

2023/24 will be the tenth year of the programme and we are working on a number of plans to celebrate this.


The scheme is only open to University of Salford final year undergraduates from the School of Arts and Media (who are due to graduate or complete their studies in July 2022) – plus there will be a maximum of one scholarship open to an MA graduate (due to graduate or complete in September 2022). 

How to apply:

Deadline: 9am, Tuesday 9th May 2023

To apply, please read the guidelines and complete the application form.

Click here to download the guidelines.

Click here to download the application form.

Your completed application form plus your CV (up to 2 pages) and image, video or sound files of your work (up to 4 files) should be emailed to by 9am Tuesday 9th May with the subject line ‘GSP Application Form 2023’.

All the information on how to apply, eligibility, and further guidance is included in the guidelines.

For any enquires contact

Announcing: Our six new 2022/23 Graduate Scholars

The University of Salford Art Collection with strategic partners Castlefield Gallery are pleased to announce the names of the 2022/3 cohort of Graduate Scholars. They are: 


Suraj Adekola (MA Fine Art) 

Aidan Doyle (BA Photography)  

Joe Fowler (BA Creative Music Technology) 

Alfie Lane (BA Fine Art) 

Jacob Longcake (BA Fine Art) 

Laura Socas (BA Fine Art) 


Now in its ninth year, the Graduate Scholarship programme provides a bespoke programme of professional development and real world experiences for a small number of students in the first year after graduation, with one place also offered to an MA student.  Each award is different and tailored to the needs and ambitions of the individual.


Founder of the programme, and Curator of the University Art Collection, Lindsay Taylor says:  

Each year it gets harder to select the final candidates – this year was no exception – the quality of applications was very high indeed. This year we selected 6 artists who we feel we can collectively support.  Alongside the cash award and the professional development, coaching and mentoring offered by Castlefield Gallery we are also offering Alfie, Jacob and Laura a studio space at Islington Mill, Hot Bed Press and Paradise Works respectively.  Aidan will participate in the Lightbox Programme run by Redeye, the Photography Network.  Suraj and Joe will benefit from the networks developed through the programme. 

I’m also delighted that Laura and Alfie’s awards have been made possible through a generous donation from the Lady Monica Cockfield Memorial Trust.  

I would like to congratulate the 6 selected artists and look forward to seeing their professional careers take off over the next 12 months.


Image 1: Alfie Lane, Social Sphere (2022), print
Image 2: Jacob Longcake, Untitled (2022), sculpture
Image 3: Joe Fowler, Pilot Exhibition (2021), audio-visual Installation
Image 4: Suraj Adekola, Togetherness I (2022), painting
Image 5: Laura Socas, Shell Compact Mirror (2022), sculpture
Image 6: Aidan Doyle, Toast Rack, Blue (2021), print