The Trust has established a range of bursaries and awards for practicing artists and designers, emerging art and design graduates, and secondary schools. The aim is to recognise and enable talent, create opportunities for those lacking funds, support research, and set artists and designers on the path to long term professional careers.

Please note that all awards have currently been allocated and there are no open submissions at present. Any future invitations for applications will be posted here.

Chelsea Arts Club Trust Special Project Awards

Working closely with London art schools such as Goldsmiths, Chelsea College of Art and Design, The Royal College of Art, the Royal Academy, and The Slade School, The Trust has given a range Special Project Awards for MA students to fulfil a major research project which otherwise would not have been possible. These awards have proved to be inspiring and even life changing. Award recipients are selected by the professors at their respective schools.

RBKC/Chelsea Arts Club Trust Studio Bursary

In collaboration with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, The Trust has established a 3 year Artist’s Studio Bursary comprising of a rent free artist’s studio and materials grant. The RBKC/CAC Trust Studio Bursary supports emerging talent in the visual arts and puts newly graduated artists on the road to a successful long term career.

Chelsea Arts Club Trust/Zsuzsi Roboz Scholarships

Zsuzsi Roboz (1929-2012) was an artist, bohemian and much loved member of Chelsea Arts Club. Through a bequest from her estate, annual scholarships were established in her name to pay the fees and a materials allowance for two MA Fine Art painting students. She was a renowned portrait painter and a lively Bohemian character, and these generous awards are an important and fitting legacy. The Trust would like to express their sincere thanks to the Trustees of the Zsuzsi Roboz Estate and also to Chelsea Arts Club Secretary Geoffrey Matthews for his support in making this possible.

Chelsea Arts Club Trust/Barry Flanagan Award for PhD Study

This award is made possible by a generous donation from the estate of the artist, Barry Flanagan and covers university fees for a PhD student engaged in visual arts- related studies. The recipient is nominated by invited research professors.

The Ian Davidson Award for a Young Architect

This award was set up at the instigation of leading architect Alex Lifshutz in remembrance of his late architectural partner, Ian Davidson, who sadly died of a heart attack aged 48 in 2003.

Ian Davidson was a successful architect who cared deeply about the next generation. He was external examiner at the Mackintosh School, the Architectural Association, and the Bartlett School; He was a member of the RIBA’s Education Committee, the Architects’ Registration Board, and the European Commission’s advisory committee on Architectural Education. He was a keen cyclist, and in his last summer raised £15,000 for charity with his daughter, Lucy, cycling 450km across China.

Chelsea Arts Club Trust Secondary Schools and Youth Awards

Chelsea Arts Club Trust is committed to encouraging art and design education and as part of this objective has created awards for secondary schools to stimulate students’ interest and involvement in learning. These awards take the form of financial bursaries given directly to schools.

The schools are selected by the Trustees of Chelsea Arts Club Trust and are invited to submit a detailed proposal to extend and compliment the schools’ Arts Curriculum. Schools selected include: Chelsea Academy, the Forest Gate Community School, Westside School and Archbishop Tenison’s School.

Chelsea Arts Club Trust are also committed to work with community youth art groups. Groups selected include: the Art Assassins.

Chelsea Arts Club Trust Research Fellow

Thanks to a specific anonymous donation, a new award of Research Fellow has been created to support a recent graduate from Chelsea College of Art and Design.

Overseen by the Director of Exhibitions at CHELSEA space this award offers an opportunity for academic research and practical training in a professional art world environment. A set of transferable core skills and standards will give valuable insights and enhance the recipient’s potential future employability. Graduating BA students from Chelsea College of Art and Design are invited to apply at the end of their final year and are interviewed by a panel including representatives of the school and Chelsea Arts Club Trust.


Artist-Run-Space Award

This award was established to support those who set up experimental galleries and project spaces to create a platform for artists at the outset of their professional career paths. These fledgling spaces offer visibility at a crucial formative moment – an opportunity to experiment and develop creative ideas, a chance for furthering professional development, and an encouragement to form networks and support systems. Often sited in relatively neglected parts of the city, these spaces can help the regeneration of an area, actively promoting an interaction with the local community and encouraging the participation of the broadest possible audience.

Publications Award

One of the Trust’s aims is to disseminate information on, or related to, art and design. To this end, a Publications Award has been established to assist with the funding of catalogues, artists’ books, art and design journals etc.

In 2010 the award went to Chelsea College of Art and Design to assist with their MA catalogue. The 2011 award went to Holly Willats to support the production costs for Art Licks magazine.

Acme Studios/Chelsea Arts Club Trust – Chelsea Studio Award

Chelsea Arts Club Trust are delighted to be working with Acme Studios, the renowned artists’ studios provider who have been supporting art and artists since 1972.

The Chelsea Studio Award was initiated by two second-year students at Chelsea College of Art and Design and provides a fine art graduate with a rent-free Acme studio for six months. The award holder will also receive a cash bursary and professional mentoring. With the support of Chelsea College of Art, the role of organising the award will be taken on by a second year student, offering invaluable experience of working with professional arts bodies. The initial idea came from two art students and was supported by Acme. It has been embraced and developed by Chelsea College of Art and is now supported by Chelsea Arts Club Trust to create a valuable award which provides a supportive bridge between leaving college and entering the world of professional practice.

Chelsea Arts Club Trust/de Laszlo Foundation Foundry Fellowship Award

Thanks to a generous donation from the de Laszlo Foundation, Chelsea Arts Club Trust is funding materials for Foundry Fellowships at Chelsea College of Art and Design. These Fellowships were initiated by the Foundry Manager, John Nicholl, to offer practicing sculptors the opportunity for a period of experimentation in foundry casting techniques. Artist Fellows work alongside the foundry staff and undergraduate students with the aim of testing and expanding knowledge and encouraging the making of cast sculpture.

The award from Chelsea Arts Club Trust will help fund the purchase of materials such as bronze bullion. The Trust is not in any way involved in the selection of Fellows which is undertaken by the college staff.

Henry Moore Institute/Chelsea Arts Club Trust Research Fellowship

These Research Fellowships are intended to provide the opportunity for artists, scholars and curators, working on historic and contemporary sculpture to use the Institute’s Library, Archive and the collection of Leeds Art Gallery. The Fellows will be invited to spend a month in Leeds to develop their own research. The first recipients are the artists Pil and Galia Kollectiv (Goldsmiths College and the University of Reading) who commence their fellowship in December 2011.

Please note that the Chelsea Arts Club Trust provides the donation but the selection process is undertaken by the Henry Moore Institute.

The Stan Smith Award to a London Group Artist under 35 years old

This prize is named after the late Stan Smith – artist, London Group Member, and a Chairman of the Chelsea Arts Club. The award recipient is nominated from the London Group’s annual exhibition.

The London Group is a democratic co-operative of artists set up in 1913 by thirty two artists including Robert Bevan, Henri Gaudier Brzeska, Jacob Epstein, Duncan Grant, Wyndham Lewis, Lucien Pissarro and Walter Sickert, with the aim of creating a powerful artist-run group to act as a counter-balance to institutions such as the Royal Academy. The founding group created a unique structure for an organisation, that has gone on to successfully nurture the careers of many of Britain’s best-known artists. The London Group continues to thrive with a full annual events programme in London and beyond.