The Geoff Sims Photography Bursary 2016 – call out

Geoff Sims was a great supporter of Some Cities, attending our workshops and coming to numerous events and as such it's with great pleasure to be asked to help promote this great initiative by mac birmingham.

mac birmingham is pleased to announce the call-out for its inaugural annual Geoff Sims Photography Bursary .

Geoff was Director of mac from 1989-98,Project Co-ordinator of the mac/sampad building project (2006 – 2010) and honorary archivist (1989 – 2014). He was also an accomplished photographer. Geoff was always supportive of emerging artists and could see how an investment at the right time gave the most enormous boost to confidence and ambition.

The purpose of the fund, donated by friends, colleagues and family in memory of Geoff, is to support regional photographers preparing work for exhibition or project delivery at mac, and to properly reflect Geoff’s interests and his commitment to artists, especially those at the beginning of promising careers, in bringing their work to audiences.

Four bursaries are available, each worth £250, to support emerging photographers with professional development or professional practice costs. The bursary can contribute towards training, artist’s fees, travel costs or other relevant opportunities.

To apply, please complete and return the attached application form, giving details of:

· your current photographic practice

· how you would use the funding to further your professional development

· the impact the bursary would have on your professional practice.

The deadline for applications is Monday 27th June 2016, 5.00pm.

Applications can be requested from and once completed again submitted to Rosy at It will also soon be available from mac birmingham's website

The awards will be announced the week commencing 4 th July 2016.

For all information please contact Rosy directly

Bursary criteria

· Applicants must:

o be able to demonstrate how the bursary would impact upon their professional photographic practice

o be working towards showcasing their work in some way at mac

o adhere to the application form word count limits

o be between 16 and 30 years of age on the 27th June 2016.

· No more than one bursary can be awarded to any one person.

· The bursary is intended to support all forms of photographic practice.

· Applications for activities/costs already incurred will not be considered.

· The bursary must be used within one year of being awarded.

Award winners are required to submit a short report on the anniversary of the granting of their award, summarising the work the bursary has enabled them to do.

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