Young Artist Bursary – Explore the Positive

Photo Credit: Nurull Islam

 In society today we are often told to look at what divides us – be it age, race, gender, socioeconomic status or religion – instead of how much we have common. Young Creative, Grace Frogley’s project aims to challenge this divisive narrative using the Give and Gain process, by asking the public questions and hosting unexpected interactions with different people.

Grace will lead workshops encouraging young participants to analyse what is going on in the current news,  as well as looking at artists who are making response-led positive-impact artwork. They will discover a variety of questions they want to ask in response to a stimulus, e.g. ‘Have you ever given anyone a second chance and why?’.

In the tumultuous and uncertain climate of Brexit, ‘threat levels’ and Trump, Grace wants young people to create life-affirming, positive art which sparks positive conversations, bringing  people together, and proving how we all have more in common than we think.


Photo Credit: Nurull Islam

Similar to the Artist Bursary, Phakama offer their team of Young Creatives and Youth Board, all aged 16-25, the opportunity to apply for a slightly smaller bursary.

Empowering and working alongside young people has always been at the heart of what we do at Phakama. Supporting young people’s creativity is what drives us and makes this organisation special and therefore in addition to the bursary money, the Young Creative/Youth Board member will receive a mentor selected from the Associate Artist team to support them achieving their project aims.