Sky Academy Arts Scholarships Visual Arts


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What you win

  • £30,000 / €40,000 towards the creation of an artistic project and the cost of living for one year
  • Mentoring from senior Sky staff and a senior individual from the arts industry
  • Support from a dedicated artist manager
  • Wider development support from Sky (marketing, budgeting, PR etc)
  • A short film about their project and practice


 Stage 1: All applicants in each category will be assessed by two professionals working in that area of the arts industry

Stage 2: Successful applicants in each category will then be judged by the Ambassadors, senior professionals working in each area of the arts industry

Stage 3: Successful applicants will then be invited to a telephone interview with the Sky Academy team

Stage 4: The short list will be invited to interview at Sky in West London or Dublin.  The panel will include the Ambassadors and senior Sky representatives.


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Each year, Sky Academy awards five talented artists aged 18-30 living in the UK and Ireland £30,000/ €40,000 and mentoring to develop their creative practice and unlock their potential

Sky Academy Arts Scholarships, run in partnership with Hiive, provide financial support and mentoring for five talented young artists aged 18-30 from across the UK and Ireland.  The aim of the scholarships is to give young people the time, space and money they need to develop their creative practice and unlock their potential.


Each artist will receive £30,000/€40,000 towards the development of an artistic project and the cost of living for one year, along with mentoring from senior Sky staff and professionals from the arts industry.  Four scholarships will be awarded to artists from the UK and one scholarship will be awarded to an artist living in Ireland.


Artists are invited to apply with a project idea under one of the following categories: Visual Art, Theatre and Comedy, Music, Dance, Film and Creative Producing.  You can apply with either a written or filmed application providing answers to all questions are included in the submission.


Since 2011, Sky Academy Arts Scholarships have supported brilliant young artists from a range of artistic disciplines, from jazz drummers to dancers, to shadow puppeteers, allowing them to develop new artistic projects including solo visual art exhibitions and an award winning play at the Edinburgh Fringe, to the creation of a new music charity that puts on classical music concerts in unexpected places and a theatre company that tells stories without boundaries.

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  • Is there a date set for the shortlist to be announced? Not sure if I managed to post this question already sorry! Thanks!

    avatar , , 28/03/16 , 32 AP

  • Hi Simon,

    I was just checking my form and realised I made a mistake on my application with the finish dates. I put the end month as 11 instead of 09 - essentially allowing the marketing part of my project continuing beyond September. I was wondering if there was any way this could be amended as I am really anxious to avoid disqualification.

    Many thanks



    finlaybg , Animator , 11/03/16 , 38 AP

    • Not to worry Finlay, Ithis has been noted.

      avatar , , 11/03/16 , 1,259 AP

      • Thank you so much for your help. I just have one more question. In written my application, I mention a technical demonstration being available on my profile page. Would it be OK if I make the video private and and forward the password to your email?


        finlaybg , Animator , 11/03/16 , 38 AP

      • I'm afraid this is not possible.

        avatar , , 11/03/16 , 1,259 AP

  • Hi, I've submitted my entry again because I made a load of mistakes in the first one... Please could you look at my latest one and disregard the first? Thank you

    avatar , , 10/03/16 , 51 AP

  • Hi,

    I have included a link to a private showreel on vimeo on my profile but the showreel section links to videos which are not mine. The link to my videos is working in the 'Elsewhere' section of my profile however. If I only have the link in the 'Elsewhere' section and not in the 'Showreel' will it still be viewed as part of the application?


    avatar , , 10/03/16 , 31 AP

    • Hi Caroline, you needed to enable to showreel function by enabling it with the slider which I have done for you. And yes it will be viewed by the judges.

      avatar , , 10/03/16 , 1,259 AP

  • Hello, I applied twice as I realized that my first application contained a small error. Could the second application be considered please? Many thanks! Felicity


    felicityrose , Visual artist , 10/03/16 , 534 AP

  • When I click Submit it says it's saving but never finishes the process? Been waiting hours!

    avatar , , 10/03/16 , 10 AP

  • Hiya, I applied last night but the submission seemed to glitch a bit, and after trying to save for 13minutes it seems to have submitted my application twice. Will this affect my application? Thanks!

    avatar , , 10/03/16 , 64 AP

  • Hello - I've just submitted my application for this project. Similarly to a comment I had seen earlier from people creating comic books, I have already created my first two issues of my magazine. However, I hope it is made clear in my application that the funding would dramatically change the way we are able to create and market the publication. I appreciate your open-minded consideration.
    Best wishes,

    avatar , , 09/03/16 , 29 AP

  • Hello, I just wondered if I could ask what the timescale is for the different sections of judging? With very many thanks!

    avatar , , 09/03/16 , 45 AP

    • Hi Mairi, We will be assessing all the applications throughout March and starting interview stages in April with a view to knowing the winners come May. Then the winners will be announced in June.

      avatar , , 09/03/16 , 1,286 AP

  • Hey!
    Im wondering which part of the application I can explain my project plan?


    Giraffe , Designer-maker , 08/03/16 , 246 AP

    • Under the question - Explain the outcome of your project. What will you create or produce?(eg. performance, exhibition, event, body of work etc. Writers, please provide a synopsis of your proposed work here - 100 words or less if completing the written application, otherwise please briefly explain the synopsis verbally in your filmed submission)

      avatar , , 08/03/16 , 1,286 AP


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