Acquiring Grant Money

24th February 2018 – Arts Council of Wales

The first place that I want to research is the Arts Council. Arts Council of Wales offer grants to both individuals and organisations.

We want to identify and nurture individuals with creative talent and we want to enable creative professionals to develop their careers and be able to earn a sustainable living in Wales from their work.

As an individual you can apply to the Arts Grants for Creative Professionals Scheme. For me the Professional Development Strand is the way to go. However, if I did attend College of Camberwell I would probably have to wait till I finish my studies before I can apply to this. The MA at College of Camberwell is classed as Extended Full Time – so it’s on a part time basis but called full time – I have to investigate what Arts Council of Wales consider this to be.

I spent quite a bit of time getting to know the rules when applying to the arts council. Eligibility Criteria appears to be as follows:

  • Must have a permanent address in Wales.
  • Over 18.
  • Not in Full time education – You are not eligible to apply if you are currently in full time education.
  • Provide evidence of artistic practice.
  • Have an understanding of equal opportunities and apply them in your work.
  • Have a Bank Account in your own name.
  • Not be in default on any financial agreement with Arts Council Wales. If you are in default You are eligible – but (You will need to satisfy any outstanding conditions before being eligible to apply. This could include returning project documentation or repaying funds.)

In relation to Arts Grants in England, Rachel Dobbs writes:

In March 2018, Arts Council England revised their previous Grants For The Arts scheme, renaming it Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants. After the massive success of (and feedback from) the original #ACECheatsheet in 2016, here’s a revised ACE Project Grants application cheatsheet for the new Project Grants scheme (2018 onwards).


Wales Arts International

Wales Arts International administers funding through the International Opportunities Fund.

IOF supports Wales based professional arts practitioners and organisations to undertake international visits aimed at the development of international work and the presentation and delivery of artistic work outside the UK. The fund operates on a rolling programme.

PRS Foundation’s International Showcase Fund

If you are an artist, band, songwriter or producer and have been invited to play an international showcasing festival or conference, you may be eligible for funding through PRS Foundation’s International Showcase Fund in partnership with Wales Arts International. Find out more about the partnership here. If you are eligible for this funding route, you may not apply to the International Opportunities Fund. Please contact us if you are unsure which funding route is best for you.

IOF Timeline

Scroll the Funding Timeline below to view a step by step summary of the process, read the guidelines and contact us before starting an online application for the International Opportunities Fund.

Grant Writing for Dummies



  • Sit down with your work associates and ask these questions: Who are our corporate vendors? What bank or credit union processes our payroll? What local funders have given us money or in-kind contributions in the past five years? Do we still have a good relationship with these funders? Can we approach them again for funding support? After you have some answers, start taking action.

  • Call and make an appointment to visit every bank in your town, city, village, and county. There’s hidden money everywhere — even at your local banks. Find out who heads up the trust department (typically a trust officer) at each institution. Trust officers manage trust accounts for living and dead money-giving individuals and families. These trusts are often not highly advertised sources of grant money. Ask and get some guidelines for finding them and applying to them for grants.

  • Stroll over to the nearest large public or university library to access the Foundation Center’s Foundation Directory Online. This is your public-access, free-of-charge source for researching foundation and corporate funding sources.

  • Network with other grant writers to find out about their funding resource subscriptions. Ask what works and check out these additional possibilities.

  • Head down to your city and county economic development agencies to find out about any public monies available (contracts or grants) for your project.

  • If you have a community foundation in your county, call to get an appointment to meet with someone there to ask about the possibility of applying for capacity building funds for your organization.With a capacity building grant, you can contract with qualified consultants for grant writing, fundraising, board training, and volunteer coordination services.

  • Don’t forget to call your governor’s office and ask about state agency grant funding and other monies that may be available for your organization or business.

  • Attend all public events where the “who’s who” crowd will be gathered and hand out business cards. Just make sure your agency’s mission and contact info are on the card!

  • Prepare and distribute a press release to all local and regional media announcing that you have a project in need of funding.

  • Most importantly, call your congressional team members to let them know more about your organization and its need for grant funding. Ask if they can start to track any federal bucks that fit your needs.


  • Use a storytelling approach (with supporting statistics) in such a compelling way that the reader can’t put down your application until she makes a positive funding decision. Make them cry!

  • Incorporate a case study of a real client your organization has served. Of course, change the name for confidentiality reasons. Show a real need of a real person.

  • Take advantage of online dictionaries and thesauruses to expand your command of new words and capture the grant decision maker’s attention.

  • Write to government funding agencies and request (under the Freedom of Information Act) copies of funded grant applications. Use these documents as examples of how to write an award-winning grant application.

  • Research proven best practices for your proposed solutions and incorporate language from the experts.

  • When you find best practices, look for the evaluation results of previously implemented programs similar to yours. Know what works and what doesn’t work before you write your proposed solution.

  • Eliminate multiple drafts from your writing habits because the most creative and “wow” words are often the first words you type.

  • Hire a proofreader or editor (or a college student) to read your writing and clean it up. Don’t have any money? Ask a trustworthy and capable co-worker or friend.

  • Write in short, hard-hitting sentences. Long-winded sentences almost always lose the reader.


  • eCivis Grants Network: This is a subscription-based service with profiles for public and private sector funders.

  • The Foundation Center: This subscription-based service for private-sector funders offers several newsletters, including Philanthropy News Digest.

  • Here, you can find government agency funding announcements for free.


5 Year Plan

Locating Professional Practice Proposal – 5 Year Plan

February 2018

In the last three years, I have combined full-time study with part time employment in the software industry. Moving forward, a continuation of the combination of employment and study through post graduate study is expected.

During time as a student, I have derived a more distinct sense of future life working in the Arts Sector. The aspects of Fine Art practice I am most interested in are; curatorial practice, using digital technologies for visual communication, installations and print making.

An application for the Post graduate study opportunity, MA Visual Arts: Fine Art Digital at Camberwell College (UAL) is ongoing. This course is on an online study basis of two years with the option to attend three two-week residencies. Focussing on the use of digital technology as a tool to communicate visual ideas, this course aligns well with my way of working. It will render me with exposure to people who are working in a similar artistic direction.

My ambition is then to undertake a Research Degree (PhD) in Fine Art Digital practice. It is feasible to undertake a Research degree after completion of my Undergraduate degree; nevertheless, the Master’s degree will be a valuable preparation for PhD study. Investment in workshops or short-term courses will further enhance my Fine Art skills.

An effective organiser and communicator, both written and verbally, with the ability to present visual ideas with consistent attention to detail. Project Management, Database Knowledge, Research capability and Information Compilation and Publication are all skills gained in my previous career. Proactive, with a can-do attitude. It has recently come to my attention that I can offer my digital services in a Fine Art context to other artists, thus providing an additional stream of income. Examples of the types of work this might entail are Video/Photography of artwork, openings and exhibitions, marketing material preparation and artwork cataloguing.

Having organised the second-year exhibition at Galeri, valuable curatorial experience was acquired and keenness exists to expand these skills further. Short-term curatorial courses will precede a mentoring opportunity, to experience curatorship in a commercial environment. Potentially my technical knowledge can benefit me in the area of digital curatorship.

Having already begun to develop contacts within the Arts sector in the North Wales area, I intend to continue to seek out new contacts on an ongoing basis. The provision of digital/videography services to other artists developing collaborative skills. The ongoing relationship with the Regional Print Centre will help to develop my printmaking skills further.

There is the opportunity to present work on the student wall at Galeri, Caernarfon once I have begun the Master’s degree. Another potential opportunity in the future would be to exhibit on a solo/collaborative basis is at Galeri in Caernarfon.

Part of my vision is to become a practising artist maintaining a Fine Art Digital practice. Submitting work to be included in upcoming exhibitions in the short-term with the hope of progressing towards a solo/collaborative exhibition, longer term.

Beyond post graduate education I will exhibit artwork, freelance as a videographer and curator. I will also provide consultancy services to organisations wishing to incorporate digital technologies into their Fine Art offering. To work in the Arts sector in today’s economic climate, a Fine Artist has to be multi-skilled and adaptable.

This extensive skillset provides adaptability and flexibility as I move forward in my artistic career. I am in a position to fully dedicate my time to the opportunities that present themselves on this path of the Fine Artist.

Kids in Museums

6th March 2018

I attended the Kids in Museums event. Not being sure what to expect, this was a networking event to promote the Takeover Day initiative run by the Kids in Museums organisation.

The Brymbo Heritage Organisation did a presentation on the Takeover Days that they have run in recent years, which I found to be really interesting. There was similarity between the Brymbo project and my Galeri Exhibition piece on the evacuation of children from Liverpool to Caernarfon.

21st February 2018

I applied for my ticket today on Eventbrite for the Kids in Museums event to be held at St Asaph.

kids in museums

19th February 2018

I received an email from Helen today about the Kids in Museums events that are running with

Artwork Catalogue Work

27th February 2018

I also created a catalogue ready to be forwarded to Liz.

I spent time today renaming the images so that the Painting Name and Size were part of the image name. I collated all images into one folder. Below are some of the collection of images used in the Catalogue.

22nd February 2018

I visited Liz at her studio and we photographed and measured her artwork, Liz created a list which she will forward to me and I brought the photographs home to catalogue. Liz also sent me another set of images produced by Jane Parry to be included. Below are some of the images pre-edited.

17th February 2018

I was recently contact by Liz Ashworth to assist her in cataloguing her artwork as a piece of freelance work. We agreed that I would visit Liz’s studio to begin the work on the 22nd February 2018.

Liz’s Biography is shown below:

Liz Ashworth lives and works in north Snowdonia.

Her atmospheric paintings, both abstract and poetic, are inspired by the landscape and the sea that surrounds her coastal village. She works in acrylic on canvas, drawing from life and from photographs. Over the last 40 years her work has appeared in galleries in Wales, in solo and in group exhibitions.

Contact: 01248 681394

Mobile: 07990 993293


Courtesy of Liz Ashworth

Creative Activism LLandudno

5th April 2018

I attended the Artist Talk with Ailie Rutherford, Liam Geary Baulch and Rosana Cade.

unnamedAilie Rutherford continues  to explore creative methods and approaches to activism, looking at how this exciting mix of activists, campaigners, disrupters and creative people work together.

In April Ailie has invited artists Liam Geary Baulch and Rosana Cade.

Liam Geary Baulch is an artist and activist, working with the structures of dance and song to creatively engage audiences in climate change, activism and other questions about the world. @GearyBaulch

Art the Arms Fair is a project which aims to expose the worlds largest arms fair by hosting a diverse cultural event attracting wider audiences than traditional protest, in 2017 they hosted poets, musicians, comedians, and exhibited 146 art works including an original Banksy which raised £205,000 for anti-arms campaigns at auction. @ArtTheArmsFair

Rosana Cade is a performance maker based in Glasgow. Whilst the form of her performance work varies and emerges in relation to the specific process or context she is engaging with, it is firmly rooted in a queer feminist discourse and straddles live art and activism.

ʻWalking:Holdingʼ is a subtle, experiential performance that involves one audience member at a time walking through the city holding hands with a range of different people on a carefully designed route. Born out of a series of ʻholding hands experimentsʼ in Glasgow, with both same sex and mixed sex couples, the piece asks people to challenge prejudices in the flesh, and experience first hand what it is to walk in someone elseʼs shoes – or hands.

Liam Geary Baulch

Liam spoke about the Arms at the Arts Fair Exhibition which formed part of a series of protests against the Arms Fair that is regularly held in London. A call out for work was placed for Activism related works and a diverse collection of work was collected, from known names such as the Geurilla Girls and Banksy to students and members of the general public.

Whilst the world’s largest arms fair is selling weapons at the ExCel Centre, Art the Arms Fair will be highlighting the inhumanity of the arms trade through an art exhibition.

Art created at the Day of Creative Action, work that has been sent by artists across the UK, and art from the local community will be exhibited. The art works will be for sale to support the work of Campaign Against Arms Trade.

Rosana Cade

Rosana discussed her work called Walking – Holding where members of the public held hands with participants and walked through the streets along a predefined route providing the opportunity to experience their surroundings from someone elses perspective.

For the past five years, I have been touring Walking:Holding, which takes one audience member at a time on a walk through their town or city, and invites them to hold hands with six different individuals along the way. The hand-holders are local participants who range in age, gender, race, sexuality and background. The idea is to give people an opportunity to experience their hometown from someone else’s perspective; and to see what can happen when you share an intimate act with a complete stranger.

I developed the performance in Glasgow in response to my own experiences. My first girlfriend was much older than me and wanted to hold my hand everywhere, which was fine in London but felt completely different and difficult in the small Hertfordshire town where I grew up. Another partner in Glasgow preferred not to draw attention to herself. Hand-holding always felt like a complex act – the tussle between visibility and risk, public and private intimacy, activism and fear.

13th March 2018

I returned to attend the workshop with Conwy Peace Group. I found the general discussion around potential ideas for artistic and creative ways to protest against Armed Forces Day.

9th March 2018

Tonight was the Opening Night for the Creative Activism Exhibition at Tedder House in Llandudno.

I provided the six pieces of work that I had offered for the exhibition. Also I took along the sketchbook from the same project and the video from my Extended Practice module.

Below is the link to the video I submitted on Vimeo.

6th March 2018

Below is the content of the email I sent to Culture Action Llandudno submitting work to be exhibited in the Art Activism Exhibition on Friday 9th March 2018.

Hello there

I am writing to ask if I may exhibit some work at the Art Activism Exhibition Open Evening this coming Friday. I am a final year student on the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at Coleg Menai.
Attached are some images of the pieces I would like to exhibit. As a group of work they are called “No Pun(k) Intended” and each piece is A3 portrait in size. They are all mounted on Foam Board and can either be affixed directly to a wall or hung onto cup hooks using bull dog clips.
I have also attached an Artist Statement and Biography too.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Best Wishes
Michelle Wright

Michelle Wright

Fine Artist
07912 733371

Below are the pieces of work that I have submitted.

Visual Arts Open, Chester

6th April 2018


I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for entering the VAO Prize 2018.

I am pleased to announce that your application has been selected to go through to the next stage of the competition which is determined by the judging panel.

Our judges are meeting on the 20th of April to select our Finalists and you will be notified of their decisions after this date.

The standard of entries this year is extremely high and, artists who are successful will be entered into the final stage of the competition (Finalists).

The overall winners will then be announced at the Finalist Exhibition at Chester Arts Fair 2018 (16-18th November, at Chester Racecourse). This year we will also be holding a VAO Finalist Exhibition at the Chester Cathedral (26-29th October 2018).

The judges will be looking at your work in detail and if you have additional images of your work that you think will help highlight its quality, detail or scale, please send this to us within a week of today.

Kind regards


Visual Art Open

Jasmine Collins – Events & Marketing Assistant

T: 01244 952020 I  E: W:

Suite C, 2nd Floor, 9 Abbey Square, Chester, CH1 2HU

27th February 2018

I decided to apply for the Visual Art Open in Chester and the following pieces were included in my application – the printed web page shown below.

Resting Place

  • £100
  • 594 mm (W) x 420 mm (H)
  • Laminated Photograph on Foam Board

In response to the events at Treweryn in the 1960’s where the local population was evicted and the valley, their home was flooded to provide water to the people of Liverpool. The village of Capel Celyn was destroyed and many of the graves remain under water to this day.

Artwork 1 - Resting Place - Michelle Wright

Left Behind

  • £100
  • 594 mm (W) x 420 mm (H)
  • Laminated Photograph on Foam Board

Left behind references the many objects from daily life that must have been left behind when the villagers from Capel Celyn were evicted to make way for the strongly opposed reservoir Llyn Celyn in the 1960’s.

Artwork 2 - Left Behind - Michelle Wright.JPG



  • £100
  • 594 mm (W) x 420 mm (H)
  • Laminated Photograph on Foam Board

Drowning alludes to the sense of helplessness that the villagers of Capel Celyn must have felt when they were evicted and their valley flooded to provide water to Liverpool. The Treweryn Bill was passed in parliament and local opposition to the bill was ignored.

Artwork 3 - Drowning - Michelle Wright

Student Wall @ Galeri Caernarfon

6th April 2018

I contacted Lisa and asked about removing the work, as today is the final day of the agreed contract period. However due to other circumstances I have been asked to leave the work up for the time being.

20th March 2018

img_5639I finished adding images to the wall in preparation for the Easter holidays. There was a small issue that turned out to be a non-issue as far as I was concerned. Someone had complained about the content of one of my images and I was asked to remove it. I was however quite proud of the fact that the image had created such a reaction.

13th March 2018

Today I added the work I have done in the past week to the Student Wall. I am really pleased with the outcome. Lisa very kindly translated my Artist Statement into Welsh.

6th March 2018


Over the weekend, I prepared several images from my photography session up at Capel Celyn and added them to the student wall. Very Pleased with the result. My next step is to begin working with the slogans used in the protests at Capel Celyn.

I also added a Brief Biography and Artist Statement to the wall.

The Drowning of Treweryn                                              Michelle Wright

This collection of work is part of a broader body of work which will be on display at the final exhibition at Coleg Menai, Bangor in June. The events that occurred at Treweryn in the 1960’s are relevant to the location of North Wales, with political context, not only historically but to the present day.

In 1965 Llyn Celyn was created, a reservoir that filled the Treweryn Valley. The village of Capel Celyn was drowned to provide water for Liverpool. Nevertheless, it seems that Liverpool then sold the water onto other regions in the country. These events were significant politically sparked by the Treweryn Bill. Passed in parliament this bill allowed the Liverpool Corporation to bypass local planning laws. The wishes of the Welsh people were ignored and plans continued to turn the valley into a reservoir.

Still a current topic, having recently passed a 50-year anniversary and with Brexit looming, Wales still does not have control of its own water. There are plans for this to change as a result of Brexit and claims that this could never happen again. However, with Devolution, the Welsh could categorically ensure this never happens again.

I am most touched by the unanswered protests of the residents and the fact that many of the family graves are still underwater. There continue to be many personal accounts from people who were and continue to be affected by this.

Liverpool Council did apologize in 2005, however this is widely seen as a political move with their bid for the Eisteddfod looming and too little too late.


Michelle Wright is currently in her final year of study towards a BA(Hons) Fine Art at Coleg Menai in Bangor North Wales. Photography and Video are core aspects of the artwork she produces. She considers all of her work to be of a humanitarian nature and a reflection of the way she sees the world. However, her work subconsciously considers social and political issues that arise as part of the practice she has developed.

27th February 2018

I added a mood board to the Student Wall as a starting point for this project.

22nd February 2018

Today I met with Lisa and signed the contract for the student wall at Galeri. We also discussed my ideas for the wall. My final intention is to fill the entire wall with preparatory material towards my final exhibition in June.

17th February 2018

I was contacted today by Lisa, the curator at Galeri to ask if I was still interested in working on the student wall. Short notice, but basically starting immediately. Although nervous I’ve decided to give it a go. I previously had an idea for this wall, so I plan to resurrect this idea and expand on it so that I can use it to practice a technique that I plan on using for my final piece.

AA2A Project

I decided to make some enquiries about the AA2A project as this has potential for next year after I have completed my degree. Particularly as both Chester and Liverpool have participating establishments. I contacted AA2A and both Chester and Liverpool so that I can be kept informed of future placements.

The AA2A Project communicated to me they would be in touch in June and sent me information for my local area.

Regional Print Centre Symposium

Wednesday 14th February 2018

I attended the annual Print Symposium at the Regional Print Centre. The speakers were Wuon-Gean Ho, Hartsheath Project, Laura Boswell and Darvid Armes. I found the day particularly inspiring and came away with lots of ideas to progress my print making further.

Wuon-Gean Ho

I have been making prints for 25 years about fantastical dreams and loveable beasts.
I hope you enjoy looking through my collection of work.

Oriel Davies Open 2018

Wednesday 21st March 2018

Unfortunately I was unsuccessful on this occasion for the Oriel Davies Open.

Monday 12th February 2018

Today I applied to be part of the Oriel Davies Open for 2018 in Newport. I sent the following images to Oriel Davies as part of my entry.

Artist Statement

This collection of work considers being decoupled from a homeland, dispersed during a subsequent journey of migration. A reflection of an individual state of being and a sense of rootlessness and longing, indicates a sub-conscious social-political element relating to the subject of Diaspora.

An outsider was symbolized using a chair covered with fragments of road maps, juxtaposing rootedness and rootlessness. It was taken on a migratory journey between a host country and a homeland. Ultimately, being cut in two to constitute two parts and divided roots.

Michelle Wright is currently in her final year of study towards a BA(Hons) Fine Art at Coleg Menai in Bangor North Wales. Photography and Video are core aspects of the artwork she produces. She considers all of her work to be of a humanitarian nature and a reflection of the way she sees the world. However, her work subconsciously considers social and political issues that arise as part of the practice she has developed.