Rosy James Memorial Trust Award

10 November 2022

Deadline: January 20, 2023

The Rosy James Memorial Trust Fund is open for applications. Rosemary James who passed away in 2010, bequeathed over £500,000 to establish an annual bursary to help artists, designers and makers in their careers specifically to develop new bodies of work.

This annual award is administered by the Arts Council and has a value of £15,000 per year. The award is directed at makers who use materials singly or in combination including; fired clay or glass; fine or base metals; textiles using any kinds of applications; wood; plastics; paper or other materials not included in this list, where the emphasis is based upon the transformation of materials through the use of sustained practice towards a series of critical outcomes.

The period of the award will culminate in an exhibition of work on public display in Northern Ireland.



Makers steeped in practice using materials singly or in combination in all types of working practice, who must;

  • Live in Northern Ireland; and
  • Be at least 18 years old and not in secondary education.
  • Employees of statutory bodies , undergraduates and postgraduates are eligible to apply but they must prove that the funds which they are applying for are costs which are not properly the concern of their employer and are not related to their work or academic study. They must submit evidence of this in the form of a letter on headed paper from their Head of Department. In the case of post-graduate students, the letter must clearly state the title of the student’s PhD thesis and include a declaration by the Head of Department. This declaration must state “The project for which funds are being sought does not form part of any academic work undertaken in relation to the above-titled PhD nor will it be assessed as part of any academic course”. Applicants undertaking a Masters or a PhD must also include a separate statement which provides information on how the project applied for differs from their Masters or PhD work. Please note: The Rosy James Trust may use its own judgement in determining this matter.


What can the award be used for?

The main thrust is to be directed towards the body of work and may include;

    • Project assistance
    • Art materials
    • Buying time for own practice/creation of new work. Residencies/Master classesResearch(materials, technology, practices)
    • Collaboration with makers and artists in other disciplines
    • Artistic or technical fees including those towards production or post-production costs associated with presentation or exhibition of work
    • Travel costs, including mileage costs (@25.7p per mile) and air travel
    • Subsistence costs @£15 per day.
    • Technical equipment related to the project/proposal* (equipment requests cannot comprise more than 50% of the value of your request)
    • IT Equipment *: (equipment requests cannot comprise more than 50% of the value of your request; a maximum contribution of £1,200 will be made towards laptops and pcs, and £500 towards tablet computers.) * If you are including costs for technical or creative equipment as part of your application it’s important you tell us:
      • why the equipment is necessary for the project and appropriate for your needs
      • why buying equipment is more appropriate than hiring it, where applicable
      • your plans for continued use of the asset after the end of the project
      • your plans for maintenance, storage and insurance, and any additional ongoing costs after the project ends *If you do not include this information, we may decide not to fund the equipment element of your request.

How to apply:

If you would like to seek advice on your application before submitting, get in touch with Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts and a Rosemary James Trust member at slyle@artscouncil-ni.org.

Please note, You must apply by email. Send your completed application form and all the requested mandatory enclosures to rstephenson@artscouncil-ni.org.

If you feel you have a disability which affects your ability to complete the application form, please contact the University of Atypical (UoA). The UoA will provide tailored advice and support to D/deaf, disabled and Neurodiverse applicants when submitting applications to ACNI Programmes.


Application Form:

You can down the application form here.

PDF application

Word Document application

Guidance information

Important dates:

The deadline for applications is Friday 20th January 2023 at 4pm
Decisions will be made by Tuesday 28th February 2023


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