Arbroath 2020 Fund for Angus Artists

Bringing Bright Ideas to the Arbroath 2020 Festival
Artist grants to support new creative projects in 2020

The Arbroath 2020 Festival is offering project grants of between £250 and £1000 to artists who have an idea that they would like to develop and realise under the banner of the 2020 Festival.

The fund is a total of £10,000 and will be distributed through two meetings, one in November and the other in February.

Your idea should evolve in to a project that will be embraced by the 2020 Festival. We can guide and support where this is required but we expect projects to be mainly self-organised. The Festival will provide listings, marketing and communications through our Festival webs site and other media activity. The project should be realised between April and September 2020 and the public outcome should take place in Arbroath within these dates.

Arbroath 2020 Festival is celebrating Arbroath and its future through its history. Your project does not need to be linked directly to the history of the Declaration, this fund is about artist development so we are interested in how this can be a good project that will support the artist and their work whilst also making a strong contribution to the Festival. The Festival programme is extremely wide reaching in terms of themes and topics.

The Fund for Angus Artists is open to artists working in all disciplines and who are living and working in Angus. We look forward to receiving applications from a wide range of creative practitioners and crafts people, including writers, film makers, musician, performers, visual artists and more.

The Fund for Angus Artists has been made possible through The Arbroath 2020 Festival with funding from Creative Scotland’s Angus Place Partnership and Angus Council

The deadline for applications:-

Monday February 10th5pm

If you would like to ask questions about the applications process and discuss your project please email:, with the title Artist Fund in the header.


The successful projects will be selected by a small committee of arts professionals and will be chaired by Pippa Martin the Creative Producer for the Angus Place Partnership.


Claire Brennan, Curator and Lecturer in Visual Arts Practice at Abertay University

Lori Anderson– Acting Director Creative Dundee

Karen Dick– Head of Place Partnership Creative Scotland

Sion Parkinson – artist and curator

 Making an application

  • Read the guidelines carefully
  • Attend a surgery (optional)
  • Complete the on-line application form in line with the guidelines and with careful consideration of the criteria for selection. We are using submittable which is an on line system that is easy to use and appropriate for this sort of application process.
  • Submit the form within the deadline. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

 Application Guidelines

Within the application the selectors will want to hear about your project. Within the word count you should be as clear as you can about your project and how it meets the criteria;

What is the idea – you must describe this clearly within the word count considering the following criteria:-

  • How you will develop your idea in to a project
  • How is this good for the development of your practice
  • How will you make it public
  • Who is your audience
  • Will you be working as a group
  • Where will the final work be presented
  • How much support do you think you will need from the 202 Festival

The selectors will make their judgement based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the work and ideas
  • Convincing application that can be realised for the Festival
  • Making a great contribution to the 2020 Festival


Please provide a brief budget that shows how you will spend the grant and if there are any matched funding that you have in place or will require.

Your budget must be clearly laid out.

You can apply for 100% of the cost of your project up to £1000 however you should be aware that this is the highest level of the fund and the selection committee will wish to support as many worthy projects as they can within the limit of the fund.

If you require other funding for the project you must have this in place at the time of making the application. Projects that have high fundraising targets that have not already been achieved cannot be seen as a priority.

Application process:-

Complete the application and budget and submit by the deadline.

Applications will be selected within 4 weeks of the application deadline

Project Examples

We will expect the applicant to manage and deliver their own project. The Arbroath 2020 Festival can offer and advise and support and will provide marketing for the project through the web site and other Festival communications.


Writing group publishes and new Book for 2020, the project includes a book launch including workshops and readings.

Writing a new piece of music for a performance

Exhibition of new work – this must installed in a public place where audiences can enjoy seeing the completed work.

Temporary site specific projects, presenting new work

Collective of ceramicists decide to develop a ‘big throw down’ and exhibition of their work.

Thank You to Our Funders

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