Wellcome Trust Arts Awards (small to medium) – deadline 16 March 2007

The Wellcome Trust believes the arts are an effective way of stimulating debate and engaging people with biomedical science. Visual art, music, moving image, creative writing and performance can reach new audiences which may not traditionally be interested in science and provide new ways of thinking about the social, cultural and ethical issues around contemporary science. The scheme aims to: stimulate interest, excitement and debate about biomedical science through the arts; examine the social, cultural, and ethical impact of biomedical science; support formal and informal learning; encourage new ways of thinking; encourage high quality interdisciplinary practice and collaborative partnerships in arts, science and/or education practice.


All art forms are covered by the programme: dance, drama, performance arts, visual arts, music, film, craft, photography, creative writing or digital media. Wellcome Trust invite applications for projects which engage adult audiences and/or young people. Projects should have some biomedical scientific input either through a scientist taking on an advisory role or through direct collaboration. Applicants are encouraged to investigate new methods of interdisciplinary working as well as new models of engagement in biomedical science.

Type: Projects and Programmes
Duration: 1 year – 3 years


Funding is for up to and including £30,000. Funding is for for projects lasting a maximum of three years. Funding can either be used to support the development of new project ideas, deliver small-scale productions or workshops, investigate and experiment with new methods of engagement through the arts, or develop new collaborative relationships between artists and scientists.

Amount: £10K – £50K

Closing Date: 16 March 2007 (multiple)


There will be four deadlines in 2007: 16th March, 13th July, 28th September and 15th November. Decisions will be made approximately three months after the deadline. Applications must be made using the Wellcome Trust application form.
Restrictions: Applicants must be based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland and the activity must take place in the UK or Republic of Ireland. Applicants are usually affiliated to organisations, but can apply as individuals. The scheme is open to a wide range of people including, among others, artists, scientists, curators, filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, academics, science communicators, teachers, arts workers and education officers. Organisations may include: arts venues; museums and other cultural attractions; arts agencies; production companies; broadcast media; schools; local education authorities; universities and colleges; youth clubs; community groups; research institutes; the NHS; science centres.

Grant Contact: Arts Awards Phone : 020 7611 7222
Grant Web Page: Arts Awards