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Welfare State International - Random Weekend
Academi - awards and opportunities for writers


Welfare State International - Random Weekend

Classification - Marketing

Welfare State International (WSI) are a company of artists who pioneer new approaches to art, and encourage performances and displays that include a wide range of styles and participating artists.

This is a rare opportunity for 4 selected artists to join up with 2 Welfare State International Artists in a spirit of collaborative improvisation. This weekend will give artists the physical and conceptual space to work outside the normal boundaries.

The weekend will take place from 27-30 June 2003. WSI will provide self catering accommodation, space to work, access to materials and equipment. There is no charge, but artists will need to provide their own food, transport and tools.

Selected artists will use the toolbox of Lanternhouse and its setting in the South Lakes as inspiration and the weekend will continue WSI development and lead to new working relationships between artists.

Applications are welcome from artists working in any media, and further information can be obtained by contacting WSI (details shown below).

Contact Info:
Jay Haigh
tel: 01229 581127

No Deadline


Academi - awards and opportunities for writers

Classification - Funding

Academi, the Welsh National Promotion Agency and Society for Writers have taken charge of a new range of services, formerly delivered by the Arts Council of Wales. As of the 1st April 2003, Academi administers a range of funds aimed at offering financial support to writers.

The Writers Bursaries service offers five different awards:
1. New Writers' Bursaries - awarded to writers who have not previously published a volume of their work. Maximum award: 10,000
2. Published Writers' Bursaries - for writers who have already published a volume or more of work. Maximum award: 10,000
3. The Irma Chilton Bursary - set up to commemorate the author's contribution to children's literature. It is intended for writers for children and young people in Welsh and English. Maximum award: 10,000
4. Bursaries for Disabled Writers - awarded, for example:
- to purchase specialist equipment
- to assist with particular travel costs
- towards secretarial assistance such as editorial work, typing, printing etc.
- for training opportunities relevant to your writing
Academi can consider other applications for assistance from disabled writers.
Maximum award: 2,000
5. The Miscellaneous Fund offers small-scale support related to specific writing projects. For example travel costs, research, work in other languages, childcare, renting quiet space to write and other items which might help you while writing. Capital grants (such as purchasing computers) are not available from this fund. Maximum award: 2,000

The next round of bursaries will be awarded in January 2004; closing date for applications is 30th October 2003

As well as financial support, Academi is also offering a range of practical support to writers. The Writers' Critical Service and the Writers' Mentoring scheme can help match aspiring writers with established experts, or offer advice on redrafting and other issues such as copyright, manuscript preparation and publication.

Contact Info:
Academi, Mount Stuart House, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff CF10 5FQ
tel: 029 2047 2266
fax: 029 2049 2930
web: <>

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