Career Fund – It’s About You

January 10, 2013

Would you like some money? Would you like your career to move to the next level?

If you’re like most of us, you probably answered yes to both questions.

The Career Fund can help you with both these things. The Fund provides support for people working in all areas of publishing and visual arts industries to build their professional skills, including artists, agents, curators, writers, editors, publishers and designers.

So how can you make your application stand out from the rest? Here a few key tips from our assessment panel:

  • Make sure the Career Fund is right for your proposal – it is there to support opportunities for development rather than creative projects.
  • Always make sure you read the guidelines and if you have any questions, contact us.
  • Identify an activity that will help you to develop new skills to move your career forward as opposed to opportunities to build networks or to promote your work.
  • Ensure your application has a clear and easy-to-follow structure – clearly outline what you want to do, where you want to go, with whom you want to work and what you want to get out of it.
  • Provide detail to support your application structure, including relevant resume detail and at least one formal letter of support or acceptance that relates to the activity for which you are seeking support, especially if you want to go overseas.

Importantly, the panel says to remember your application should be about you and your skills development – it’s not a writing or research subsidy.

The recipients include David Stavanger, a spoken-word poet from Queensland who will attend workshops in Edinburgh and St Andrews, including mentoring via podcast interviews.

Installation artist Kate Geck will use her funding for a four week residency at Imagine Gallery in Beijing, where she will create a new work and attend a two week intensive workshop in 3D printing, laser cut textiles and interactivity.