Inspiring art for Derbyshire...

Bringing a rising artist to the county

This award is open to emerging painters and the successful artist receives a bursary of £18,000, plus a studio at Banks Mill, a contribution to the cost of materials, a nine month period of support and mentoring, including a Fellowship and access to the University of Derby’s College of Arts and a final exhibition at Derby Museums.

How to apply
If you would like to be notified when applications open for the next Vickers Fine Art Award (early 2019), please email Rachael at

The application process involves:

  • The completion of an application form
  • Submission of a CV
  • Photographic documentation of recent work (maximum of six pieces on CD)
  • Payment by cheque of an application fee (currently £25)

The successful applicants will be invited to interview in Derby.

This is an exciting opportunity for an artist who is ready for the challenge of responding imaginatively and creatively to the residency brief.  We are looking for a talented, organised, self-motivated artist who will be able to communicate effectively and confidently with the local community, act as an ambassador for the Award and the University and who has the maturity and personal skills to work with people on all levels.

The nine month residency runs every two years from 1 October to 30 June.

The final exhibition is held at Derby Museums at the end of the residency. The artist will be required to be available for the launch of the exhibition and there will be an expectation that they will also be available for a number of events during this period.

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