2023 recipients

11 people were awarded Bursaries in 2023, in second year of the Stephen Palmer Travel Bursary Fund. Below you can find information about each project, and we’ll be adding case studies of some of the projects.


Amy Beeson

Amy travelled from Orkney to develop their experimental arts practice and attended Sonica Surge in Glasgow, where she explored the relationship between sound art and visual art practice.


Harvey Diamond

Harvey visited the Borthwick Institute, University of York, where they undertook research and filmmaking at Harewood House near Leeds, and attended the Liverpool Biennale in September 2023.


Kathryn Hannah

Kathryn was supported to develop new metalworking skills at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshops which led to new work for ‘Life Lines’ a group exhibition at Fife Contemporary in September 2023.


Lauren McLaughlin

Lauren travelled to London in August to visit organisations exploring art and care, including Finding Family at the Foundling Museum, Reflections for Nowat the Barbican Centre, MILK at the Welcome Collection, the Feminist Library and Motherhouse Studios.

Of the experience, they said:

During my trip, I visited the Foundling Museum’s exhibition Finding Family, Carrie Mae Weems: Reflections for Now at Barbican Centre, MILK at Wellcome Collection, and spent time at the Feminist Library and at Motherhouse studios in South London.

The trip allowed me to spend time researching both contemporary and historical examples of Feminist and Maternal art activism with a particular focus on amplifying and empowering marginalised voices of (m)others. At the Feminist Library I was able to spend a day researching grassroots activist campaigns and collectives from the 70’s-90’s including their vast archive on Wages For Housework (1972 – present), self-published zines and photo archives by artists including Jo Spence. Spending the day amongst these archives was hugely inspiring for my continued practice, and allowed me to research alternative activist methods of engaging the public in artistic and political ideas.

I was also able to spend a morning at MotherHouse Studios in Catford and meet with their founding directors Dyana Gravina and Paula Lucente. I was able to see their studio model in action, meet several of the studio holders and their children, and learn more about how the model works. Motherhouse is an artist studio space which has integrated childcare and is designed for artist parents to continue their practices in the early years of parenting. It was incredibly beneficial for me to visit in person, have the chance to speak with Dyana at length and as a result we are forming ideas for a new collaborative project to support one another’s organisations going forward.

Lauren McLaughlin

Rachel McBrinn and Alison Scott

Rachel and Alison conducted archival research at the National Library of Scotland, to identify films which resonated with the themes of their work ‘Congenial Soils and Favourable Situations’ resulting in films including ‘A Tree is Planted’ (1957) being screened at a public event in Oban. 


Rebecca Livesey-Wright

Rebecca used their Stephen Palmer Travel Bursary to travel to London and Newcastle from Thursday 23 Wednesday 29 November 2023, centering on visits to the Mother House Studios in Catford, London
and the MOTHEROTHER project on Newcastle. Before embarking on the travel, Rebecca had recently finished a 2.5 year contract with the Culture Collective which, in part, allowed them to begin work on a broader m*ther-artists creative-action-research project.


Ruth Mutch

Ruth travelled to London where they met fellow Pathways mentees in person for the first time, and attended a course social event with the Association of Illustrators. Their trip provided inspiration for future works as well as great networking opportunities that will enhance their professional career.

Of the experience, they said:

While I was staying in London, I took the opportunity to visit the Science Museum, London Zoo and the British Museum. Being able to look around these incredible cultural attractions provided me with lots of inspiration for future illustrations, as well as the chance to try out some sketching of the various exhibits and animals. My favourites were the Egyptian wing of the British Museum, and the Humboldt penguins at London Zoo.

Without the assistance of the Stephen Palmer Travel Bursary Award, I would not have been able to make this trip and would have missed out on the chance to begin to develop relationships with my fellow mentees, as well as missing an important opportunity to meet the Association of Illustrators. I am incredibly grateful for this assistance.

Ruth Mutch

Siobhan McLaughlin

Siobhan, a Glasgow-based artist and freelance curator, n travelled to Orkney to expand her understanding of materials and her network by connecting with new artists and organisations.


The other participants were Katherine Fay Allan, and Maya Rose Edwards.