Somerset House

Somerset House – Young Talent Fund

Supporting the next generation of creatives and artists to fulfil their potential. We offer bursaries and financial relief for early career artists to join our studios and support young people from under-represented backgrounds with skills, training and employment opportunities.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1063640)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage


  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


As the impact of Covid-19 has meant live cultural events have been cancelled and postponed, many artists have seen their income disappear overnight. Young people wanting to get into the creative sector face fresh barriers as youth unemployment rises. There is vast reduction in the number of entry level roles and commissioning opportunities available for artists, with those from under-represented backgrounds being most deeply affected. If we do not act, we will lose a generation of creatives.


As home to the UK’s largest concentration of artists, makers and creative enterprises, the arts charity Somerset House is well placed to address these challenges. Our Young Talent Fund enables Somerset House to provide bursaries and financial relief to artists who couldn’t otherwise afford to be in residence at Somerset House Studios. The Young Talent Fund also supports young under-represented people aged 18-25 seeking to get into the creative sector through our Upgrade Yourself programme.

  • "The time away from our place of work has only served to highlight how important a physical space is to create and to make- something that is central to our studio practice.”

    — Gareth Pugh