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The Foundation for Essex Arts / BAT Collection Bursary

The bursary provides financial assistance to Essex students from deprived or difficult backgrounds to help them study any arts subject at any UAL campus.  We are unique benefactors to UAL and they use us as an exemplar. So far for the students we have assisted our help has been crucial in encouraging and supporting these young people to pursue a creative career.  The students receive £1000 for every year of study at UAL.

We completed a sale through Christie's of London of the seven paintings which formed a particular gift from the Stuyvesant Foundation to the Basildon Arts Trust (BAT) back in the early 1980s. These were mostly large 1950s/60s abstracts. Following the merger the decision to restore and sell these paintings formed part of our strategy to help young people from Basildon and Essex to study the arts. We are encouraging our students to be role models for children who may be low in aspiration and often from deprived backgrounds. We want Essex children to know there are creative careers for them. To apply for the bursary, you must be enrolled on a UAL course, then contact UAL Student Services for more details:


The Foundation for Essex Arts Bursary 2015/16:

Student on Public Relations course at London College of Communication (LCC)

Student on BA (Hons) Graphic Design Communication course at Chelsea College of Arts.

The Foundation for Essex Arts Bursary 2016/17:

Student on BA (Hons) Film Practice at LCC.

Student on BA (Hons) Cordwainer’s Footwear: Product Design and Innovation course at London College of Fashion (LCF)

The Foundation for Essex Arts Bursary 2017/2018

Student on BA (Hons) Public Relations LCC

Student on BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Embroidery LCF

The Foundation for Essex Arts Bursary 2018/2019

Student on BA (Hons) Fashion Pattern Cutting Course at London College of Fashion (LCF)

Student on BA (Hons) Fashion Visual Merchandising and Branding (LCF)

Read more about the students work here on our blog

Works sold at auction to raise the Bursary fund are shown below: