Stephen Palmer Travel Bursary Fund

This opportunity has been established to honour Stephen Palmer, a highly regarded and deeply respected Officer and Visual Arts specialist who devoted much of his career to the work of Creative Scotland and its predecessor body, The Scottish Arts Council.

Established following his death in 2021 this annual award reflects Stephen’s deep belief in the value of travel to broaden horizons, to build new connections and to inform and inspire the development of new work.

The bursary is intended to support the creative and professional development of individuals working in the visual arts sector in Scotland. It is open to freelance artists, curators, producers, writers and educators at any stage in their career.  Our priority is to work with respect for the environment and to use this bursary to encourage and support sustainable travel within Scotland and the rest of the UK.  We are especially interested in helping people who may have had limited opportunity to travel for work purposes to date. 

In 2023, we supported 12 practitioners through the bursary. Discover insightful interviews with previous participants with our new article series

The bursary has been developed by Creative Scotland in partnership with Engage Scotland. The Stephen Palmer Travel Bursary Fund is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.