The Mead Awards have been generously supported by Scott Mead and The Mead Family Foundation since 2013. Scott is a fine art photographer, philanthropist and investor, based in London for over 20 years.
Careers and Employability manages the awards, as part of its work supporting UAL students and graduates to make a living doing what they love.
Mead Awards are designed to help UAL students and alumni develop their creative practice. You can apply with a proposal for any arts project which adds something new to your industry / discipline, and has a positive impact on your own practice. Your arts project can be in any creative discipline which is studied at UAL.
Mead Awards aim to help you learn and reflect through the application process. We will send a short individual feedback email to all applicants, at each stage. This tells you the main points from the shortlisting panel’s discussions. We hope you will find this feedback helpful for creating future proposals, pitches and funding applications.
Projects are selected across these 11 subject areas, and across all UAL Colleges:
- AI, digital and interactive design
- Architecture / interiors, spaces, conservation
- Fashion, design, tailoring, production
- Fine Art, 2D, 3D, photography
- Visual comms, graphics, illustration media, journalism
- Film, TV, animation, sound
- Product, industrial, 3D, jewellery, textiles, materials
- Theatre, design, performance, acting, directing, writing
- Research (Mres/Phd)
- Business / management / enterprise, MBA
- Culture, Criticism, Curation
To see the range of projects so far, download our past awards (see link above).
The Mead Awards are committed to reflecting student diversity at all stages of its decision-making processes. As well as being experienced creatives, the panellists and judges we invite to take part are diverse in terms of age, caring responsibilities, disability, race and ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. We are committed to helping to create a diverse cultural sector.
You may apply in your final year of study at UAL (either on an undergraduate or postgraduate course). Postgraduates may apply in their final year of MA / MSc / MRes / PgDip / PhD courses. You may apply as a recent graduate, if you graduated from UAL during 2020.
You can apply for funding of up to £10,000.
Your proposal must be for a single arts project (or piece of research). You must be proposing to complete this within the period September 2020 to July 2021 (after graduation). The art project cannot be completed as part of a postgraduate course.
There is a 3 stage applications process:
Stage 1 - applications
1. Download the Project Proposal form - link to form will be here in December 2020
2. Upload your completed Project Proposal form - link to submit your proposal will be here in December 2020
20-30 applications will go through to Stage 2
Stage 2 - applications by shortlist
Stage 3 - the Mead Fellowships pitch
The Mead Fellowships pitch is in June 2021. Finalists give a short presentation about their project. This is followed by a brief Q&A session with the Mead Awards judges.
What can Mead Fellowships be used for?
All costs must be related specifically to the project.
For example, your project may require purchases such as:
- Art materials and making costs (including fees for engaging extra artists/makers)
- Professional development and training
- Specialist expertise and advice
- Software, web hosting, web design costs
- Licences and permissions
- Small items of equipment
- Promotional and marketing costs, printing
- Exhibition space, venue hire
- Language-related costs (e.g. translation services)
- Travel and related costs (note: overnight accommodation is only permitted where absolutely necessary)
- Essential books and publications
Fellowships might be used for:
- Work space/studio rental
- Subsistence allowances (you will have to prove that this is absolutely essential to the completion of the project)
The awards cannot be used to pay for:
- Tuition fees*
- Living expenses*
- Capital purchases (e.g. major equipment, vehicles, property ownership)
- Elective study, degree placements and/or internships.
Applicants are required to provide a strong case for their whole budget.
Winners will have to provide evidence of where the award has been spent.
* For information about fees and grants, please visit: Student Fees and Funding.
General Fellowship guidelines
- Applications are open to individuals irrespective of their nationality or country of residence.
- The awards are not open to students on UAL's PGCert course or Short Courses.
- Please note recipients of the AHRC Scholarships are not eligible to apply, due to the terms and conditions set out by AHRC.
- Only 1 application is permitted per named applicant. However, applicants can be named as part of a team in another submission.
- Fellowships are not offered for the completion of a project which was started during study at UAL (though the proposal may be for a totally new project which is a development on previous projects)
- At each stage, the judges’ decision is final and correspondence will not be entered into.
- Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
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