The Craft Pottery Charitable Trust was set up in 1991 by the CPA to provide small grants to studio ceramic artists, and to support a variety of professional and educational activities. Income comes from grants, personal donations, bequests and other fundraising activities. The Charity’s Trustees are: Felicity Aylieff, Kyra Cane, Viscount Eccles, John Higgins, Chris Keenan, Nigel Lambert, Louise Taylor and Clare Twomey.
The Ceramic Art: Grants to Artists program supports studio-based ceramic practices and curatorial research in contemporary studio ceramics. Grants cover direct expenses for a period of independent research, creation, production of artworks for public exhibitions or development of prototypes and promotional material.
If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.
The maximum grant amount that you can receive from this program is £1,000.
Grants can be used for a period of independent research and creation of a body of work; the development of prototypes; participation in artists’ residencies and specialised professional development activities (such as workshops or specialised training); as well as production of work for confirmed public exhibitions in the UK and/or abroad.
Note that meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee that you will receive a grant.
To apply you must be a British citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration.
You must also meet the definition of a professional artist, which is an artist who:
- has specialised training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
- is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)
- is committed to devoting time to artistic activity
To meet the definition of a professional ceramic artist or a contemporary studio ceramics curator, you must also have:
- maintained a professional practice for at least two years after or during specialised training
- produced an independent body of work
- for an artist: had at least two public presentations of your work in a professional context over a two-year period
- for a curator: curated at least two exhibitions or public presentations of contemporary studio ceramics in a professional context over a two-year period.