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Warwick District Council’s Arts Section are delighted to be appointed as administrators for the ongoing France Brodeur Young Artist Award. This offers financial support and an opportunity to display your artwork at Leamington Art Gallery & Museum for young visual artists aged 18 to 35, in relation to their art and artistic career. The grants are annual and are open to all UK based artists for costs involved in proposed projects, which must also include developing new work. Artists who can demonstrate a commitment to their work, technical rigour, and development within their practice, are of particular interest to FBYAA.

Grants are available for up to £2,000; applicants can apply for funds towards their project or for the full project costs. The panel will look to ensure that applicants have costed their application in line with their project’s needs, rather than sought to maximise their potential grant unrealistically. The awards panel may make an award which is of a different value to that which has been applied for.

FBYAA grants are for an individual or collaborations of artists’ creative exploration and development aged 18 to 35 years of age only. You will be asked to attach a copy of your birth certificate. The grant is intended to have a positive impact on the artists creative development, through developing their skills, techniques, or ideas.

The FBYAA award cannot fund:

  • The purchase of equipment which you will keep and use after the project has finished (for example, cameras, computers, furniture and fittings for venues, or vehicles) or for constructing, repairing, or maintaining a building. If the purchase of equipment is essential for the project, then you will need to clearly state why this is the case and what costs are involved.
  • FBYAA panel members or individuals working for or directly associated with the Award
  • Projects already started or planned to start before the application award date.
  • Applications for marketing, business development, graphic design, illustration, building crafts, conservation, or restoration
  • More than one application per artist.
  • Applications to run community and/or educational projects
  • Applications for applicant’s time involved in creating the project, childcare, or other personal costs.
  • Gallery or venue hire costs to exhibit your work

Background to FBYAA award

Born in the French-speaking province of Quebec, Canada, in 1952, France Brodeur worked and studied with artists and printmakers in Canada, France, Scotland, and England as well as exhibiting internationally. She lived the last 20 years of her life in Leamington Spa, was an active member of the local artistic community, the Association of Midlands Artists (AMA), Oxford Printmakers Co-operative (OPC), and took part in Warwickshire Open Studios.

France died in April 2014. The FBYAA seeks to honour both her art and her belief in life and its need to be lived, celebrated, and evoked. France especially valued the aspirations of those younger than her. Please visit the France Brodeur website to see her inspirational artwork.

Grant conditions

If you wish to review the terms and conditions of the fund before making your application, a draft copy of the Arts Project Grant Funding Agreement can be found at FBYAA terms and conditions.

Grant timescales

The grant opens on July 14 and is awarded in February.

How to apply

Applications are made online. After you submit your application, we will first check whether it is eligible. The FBYAA Arts Grants panel will then assess it - looking at you, your work, and the proposed development and outcomes of your artistic development and project, and the feasibility of your costings. We will also carry out a risk assessment of your application, using the information you have provided, to see if there are any weaknesses and threats effecting the feasibility of the project or your ability to deliver your proposed activity.

Apply for the FBYAA grant

Please see the FBYAA application guidance for help completing your application.

Quotes from grant recipients

Molly Lemon maker image

The France Brodeur Young Artist Award gave me the tools to develop my practice and make the artwork I had been aspiring to create. It gave me the validation I needed to really believe in my artistic abilities and goals. This process has filled me with even more ambition, and I feel it has started the ball rolling for my future career as an artist.

Molly Lemon

Getting the ward has been amazing! Thanks to their support I got to collaborate with three makers from the midlands and learnt a lot from them about new materials. I would definitely recommend other artists to apply for this opportunity as the FBYAA not only support a project but do so, in the context of the development of your practice.

Pamela Schilderman