Awards of up to £750 each are open to any artist (16 and over) to enable them to develop their skills through mounting a special project, putting forward a proposal for an expedition or help with education.

These bursaries are only awarded to exceptional applications that in the view of the selectors will help the artist to develop and as such are not allocated regularly, however each year the SWLA supports places on the John Busby Seabird Drawing Course. To find out more click here.

Several award winners have gone on to become members of the SWLA and consequently able to play an active part in the future direction and charitable projects the Society is pursues. In the last twenty years SWLA Bursaries have supported many varied projects.

  • A bursary enabled Vicky White to travel to Gibraltar to study and raise awareness of the Barbary macaques as part of her MA course at the Royal college of Art
  • Stephanie Black aimed, for the sake of wildlife and the environment, to influence consumers to recycle more and to refuse supermarket plastic bags, by producing free cotton bags with seabird designs
  • Christopher Wallbank used his bursary to produce the Unbound Amazonia Field Guide of local flora and fauna for use at the Manu Biosphere Reserve of Eastern Peru
  • Celia Smith, winner of the former WWT bursary, set up a display of her wire sculptures of wading birds and waterfowl at the Annual Exhibition.

Examples of the work Bursary winners produce are displayed during the Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries.

To apply for a bursary please click here to view the application form. Please print this out, complete and submit it to arrive by 30th September 2018.

The  pages documenting the work of past bursary winners were compiled by former SWLA council member (and past bursary winner) Anna Kirk-Smith.