The Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award brings an alumnus of FBA Futures to Derbyshire to produce a lasting legacy of contemporary work inspired by the county’s landscape, heritage and people.

Applications for the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award 2019/20 have closed.

Mall Galleries and Foundation Derbyshire invite past exhibitors of FBA Futures to be considered for the Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award 2019/20. This exciting biennial residency is an opportunity for a rising artist to produce and exhibit a body of new work inspired by Derbyshire’s landscape, heritage and people, under the broad theme “Sense of Place”.

During the nine-month residency (between October 2019 and June 2020), the selected artist will focus on producing new work for public exhibition, including a solo exhibition at Derby Museum and Art Gallery in late 2020, and a show alongside FBA Futures at Mall Galleries in January 2021. In addition to which, the successful artist will receive a bursary of £18,000, the use of a studio in Derby, a contribution to the cost of materials and travel, the opportunity to work on a community outreach project and a Teaching Fellowship at (and support and mentoring from) University of Derby’s School of Arts.

The Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award was established by Foundation Derbyshire in 1998 with the help of a legacy from the estate of the late Jonathan Vickers, a lifelong lover of fine arts. It has been run in conjunction with Mall Galleries / Federation of British Artists since 2019.

The Award

The winning artist will receive:

- £18,000 over the nine-month residency period (£2,000 per month) between 1 October 2019 and 30 June 2020

- the use of a studio in Derbyshire for the duration of the residency, until 30 November 2020

- a solo, selling exhibition at Derby Museum and Art Gallery in late 2020, including exhibition catalogue

- an exhibition at Mall Galleries, alongside FBA Futures 2021 (in January 2021)

- five days of teaching experience in the School of Arts at the University of Derby

- the opportunity to lead four creative workshops around Derby 

- £1,000 towards artists’ materials (maximum reimbursement, subject to an invoice or other proof of purchase)

- £1,000 towards travel between the studio and sites in Derbyshire (maximum reimbursement, subject to an invoice or other proof of purchase)

- £1,000 towards exhibition and other production costs including framing (maximum reimbursement, subject to an invoice or other proof of purchase)

How To Submit

ALL applications must be submitted online, following which up to six shortlisted artists will be invited to an interview, after which the winner will be announced:

- Upload up to six example images of your work, your CV, contact details of two referees, and an Artist Statement* at between 31 January and 28 February 2019, 12 noon [Note: Images must be in JPEG format, under 5MB, and represent the style of work you might create during the residency; please include the guide gallery price of the works uploaded, so that the selectors know the price at which your works from the residency might sell at exhibitions thereafter]

*The artist statement should mention: how the Award would be appropriate to you; how, in your work, you would address the theme “Sense of Place”, inspired by the people, landscape and heritage of Derbyshire; how you would engage with the local community and what skills and experience you have to perform this important aspect of the Award 

- Check on Wednesday 13 March, from 12 noon, to see if you have been shortlisted and invited for interview

- If shortlisted, attend your interview appointment (times to be agreed) at Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD on Monday 25 March 2019 [Note: Shortlisted artists will be asked to bring a portfolio to interview to aid discussion of their practice]

- The Winner will be announced by email on Wednesday 10 April 2019, 12 noon

Important Dates

- Submissions open: Thursday 31 January 2019, 12 noon

- Submissions close: Thursday 28 February 2019, 12 noon

- Shortlist notification: Wednesday 13 March 2019, 12 noon [Log in to see if you have been shortlisted for interview]

- Shortlist interviews: Monday 25 March 2019

- Winner announced (by email): Wednesday 10 April 2019, 1:30pm

- Residency begins: Tuesday 1 October 2019

- Residency ends: Tuesday 30 June 2020 

- Exhibition at Derby Museum & Art Gallery: late 2020

- Exhibition at Mall Galleries: January 2021, alongside FBA Futures 2021

The Selection Panel

- Lucy Bamford, Senior Curator of Fine Art and the Joseph Wright Collection at Derby Museums and Art Gallery

- Anna Bromwich, Curator of FBA Futures at Mall Galleries / Federation of British Artists

- Craig Fisher, Programme Leader for Fine Art, University of Derby

- Rachael Grime, Chief Executive of Foundation Derbyshire

- Peter Pimm, Trustee of Foundation Derbyshire

If you have any questions about the Award, please email Anna Bromwich at Mall Galleries on

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