Lucky Dip Bursaries

About the Bursary

The Lucky Dip Bursary scheme offers ten artists in the SO postcode £500 to fund the creation of a new artwork or activity.

The application process will be light-touch and proposals will not be assessed. The bursaries will be awarded to artists through a lottery selection. This experimental new approach was originally proposed by Southampton based artists Dave Hubble and sarah filmer and adapted by ‘a space’ arts in response to a recent review of how our Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) funding supports artists and to proactively remove barriers around inclusion, application and selection processes.

We understand that the past few years have been very challenging for artists across the country. Loss of income from postponed or canceled projects and shortages of other employment opportunities in the wake of the pandemic have made it difficult for artists to fund their practice. The Lucky Dip Bursary Scheme will provide financial support and positivity at this difficult time by enabling ten local artists to make new work.

‘a space’ arts is committed to becoming an anti-racist organisation and as part of this work five of the Lucky Dip Bursaries will be offered to people of the global majority*.


*Notes on terminology:

  • We acknowledge language is fluid and evolving and aim to ensure our use of language remains inclusive and inoffensive.
  • As an organisation we have joined the movement to reject the acronym BAME as this state-manufactured term flattens and depoliticises global solidarity between people with a lived experiences of racism.
  • We acknowledge the term ‘people of global majority’ as it is factually true with over 80% of the world’s population making up the global majority of non-white peoples.


Lucky Dip 2022

Having awarded eleven artists in the SO postcode area the Lucky Dip Bursary for 2022, the artists are currently developing their works ahead of the Lucky Dip exhibition launching this August at God’s House Tower.


Lucky Dip 2021

In 2021, we awarded nine artists in the SO postcode area the first ever Lucky Dip Bursary.

The scheme offered recipients crucial funding to support the creation of a new artwork or activity. In order to remove barriers around access and inclusion, proposals were not assessed and bursaries were awarded to artists through a lottery selection.

The scheme provided financial support and a well-needed boost of positivity at a time when many artists were facing challenges due to the impact of the pandemic. The bursaries enabled the artists to experiment and take risks to push their practice forward. 

The works produced with support from the bursary are part of Lucky Dip, an exhibition at our flagship venue GHT which brings together new work by nine local artists working in multiple disciplines and mediums. From music to painting, planting and performance, the work is informed by a multitude of ideas, processes and practices. Find out more here and scroll below to see the 2021 recipients of the Lucky Dip Bursary.

Lucky Dip Bursary Recipients 2021