The Bridge Awards is a philanthropic venture that provides funding for the arts. This support is given in the form of annual awards and regular micro-funding opportunities. Details of  current projects and future opportunities can be found on this website.

Who and what we fund

Individuals and organisations involved in the fields of literature, film, visual arts, theatre, dance and music. We also fund selected cultural heritage, conservation and community projects, both in the UK and abroad.


Emerging Writer Award 2017

The Bridge Awards and Moniack Mhor are pleased to announce the opening of applications for the Emerging Writer Award 2017.

The award is for unpublished prose fiction writers wishing to make a significant breakthrough in developing a full-length piece of work.

The winner will receive a tailor-made package of support from Moniack Mhor, including tuition via open courses, retreat time and/or mentoring.

This year, we are pleased to say that the award is open to any writers living and working in the UK.

Details of how to apply may be found here

Heather Parry, winner of the 2016 award, had this to say:

‘I was stunned and thrilled in equal measure to win the Bridge Award for an Emerging Writer in 2016, especially when I realised that one of my favourite novelists, Michel Faber, was running a novel-writing course at Moniack Mhor shortly after I was notified. The two tutored retreats at Moniack allowed me to spend time, and learn from, some incredibly talented authors and to establish a network of wonderful writers in Scotland. In addition to this, my one-on-one mentoring with Jenni Fagan has allowed me to look at my work in a whole new way, and to make the changes necessary to make my writing what I want it to be. In short, winning this award gave me the inspiration, confidence and means to finish my first novel and to consider myself a real writer. I recommend it to anyone.’




Applications are closed.

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Pyromania Bursary Programme 2017

The Bridge Awards is proud to support Pyromania, a new bursary programme developed by Fire Exit, the award winning theatre company set up in 2002 by artistic director David Leddy.

The bursary will enable playwrights based in Scotland to develop their skills in experimental writing. Highly-acclaimed writer and director David Leddy will mentor two playwrights over the course of a year, supporting them to develop a new script.

Applications for the 2017 programme are now closed. Pyromania will reopen for applications in 2018.

More information about Pyromania and Fire Exit can be found here



Applications are closed.

Cove Park

Emerging Artist Residency at Cove Park 2017

The Bridge Awards and Cove Park are delighted to announce Florrie James as the winner of the 2017 Emerging Visual Artist Residency. This residency enables an emerging visual artist based in Scotland to develop new work at an important point in their career.

Florrie James is a painter and film-maker based in Glasgow. She has been working with experimental film and loosely defined narrative for several years, occasionally working alone but often in the context of collaborative projects with other writers or film-makers. Her recent film works have included Mountaintop Administration (2014), Brighthouse (2014), O.k. Rick (2015) and new works filmed in Havana, Cuba, with Ross Little.

At Cove Park, James will focus upon a new film, Four Day Weekend Underground, developed with writer Sam Bellacosa. The film concerns the journey of a young traveller from Glasgow to the Isle of Eigg in the year 2044. James and Bellacosa have described the work as ‘…a travelogue regarding the kindness of strangers. It is a road movie in the absence of money (and) sets out to depict, through a speculative alter-future, conditions of migration, individualism, corporatism,and land use, as well as the romantic appeal of WROL (Without Rule of Law) in popular imagination.’

The residency will provide time for James to edit and reflect upon the footage produced to date, in order to formulate new ideas and filming techniques. Throughout the research and pre-production process, it has been important for James to continually re-assess the work in development and allow improvisation to occur within the making of the film, a requirement this residency can support.

Florrie says: I am very excited to have been awarded the Bridge Awards residency at Cove Park. It is perfect timing for me to have access to film locations on the west coast, and I will spend much of the time on an extended focused edit of footage I will have recently shot for my new film Four Day Weekend Underground. I am sure the environment and calm surroundings will enter into the work itself during the edit.

More about Florrie’s work here

To learn more about Cove Park, please click here

Applications are closed.

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Advice For Aspiring Novelists

As part of the Bridge Awards contribution to the promotion of the Dundee International Book Prize, the UK’s largest literary prize for unpublished writers, Freight Books interviewed published novelists, asking them to offer advice to writers thinking of starting a novel, and writers who had completed a full draft.

Amongst those interviewed were Kevin MacNeil, author of three novels including The Stornoway Way and The Brilliant and Forever; Karen Campbell, author of 6 novels, including Rise and This is Where I Am and J David Simons, author of five novels including A Woman of Integrity and An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful.

Click on the author’s name to hear pithy, pertinent and varied advice on the writing process.

In association with the Dundee International Book Prize and Freight Books.



02 Mar 2017

Echoes of The City

This exciting project, developed by Miriam Johnson in association with Edinburgh City of Literature and funded by the Bridge Awards, has now announced the shortlisted stories. Click here for more details.

Using Podwalk, a new social, geo-locational, podcasting app, Echoes of the City: Edinburgh’s Hidden Stories, will take the works of these shortlisted authors and place them throughout the city using the geo-locational interface via Podwalk’s app and this website. The project will highlight the voices of new and up and coming writers and will give unique, creative angles to some of the most interesting sites in Edinburgh.

By geo-locating the stories in unique places throughout the city centre, the project will engage listeners by taking them on a journey of stories and poetry, exploring sides of the city they might not have found through conventional means.

We will keep you updated as The Echoes of The City app prepares to launch later this year.


01 Mar 2017

Hands-On Cove Park

The Bridge Awards are proud to support Hands-On Cove Park, a new programme of creative workshops, events and talks for people in Argyll and Bute.

Helen Voce, the Hands-On Programme Producer at Cove Park, had this to say about the project.

‘The Hands-On Cove Park programme will be led by national and international professional artists currently and formerly resident at Cove Park, Scotland’s international artist residency centre on the Rosneath Peninsula. The programme of educational and participatory creative activities, ranging from Saturday Art Clubs to weekend residential masterclasses, runs throughout the year offering something for young children, families and older people alike.

Over 1,300 visual artists, writers, designers, craftspeople, musicians, filmmakers and performers from Scotland and around the world have been former residents at Cove Park. They value the space, time and freedom the residency opportunity offers them to develop their creative practice. The Hands-On programme will run in parallel with the international artists residency programme. It will harness the creative talent that the 50-acre site hosts every year. Hands-On will increase opportunities for people in the region to access and participate in the arts.

Generous funding from The Bridge Awards during the two-year pilot will support artist-led creative excursions for children and young people attending our Holiday Art Club and residential Portfolio Preparation Course. These excursions will enable participants to experience exhibitions, events and creative happenings outside their region. Visits to galleries, studios, theatres, venues and spaces relevant to the young peoples’ creative interests and projects will enhance their practice at Cove Park, tie into Scotland’s creative calendar and maximise the professional artist’s networks. The excursions will widen the participants’ creative horizons and overcome geographical and transport barriers faced by children and young people in Argyll & Bute.’

More information about Hands-On Cove Park here

17 Aug 2016

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Art Workshop at Saheliya

Earlier this year, The Bridge Awards funded an art workshop at Saheliya, the recent winner of Scottish Charity of the Year 2016.

Saheliya is a mental health and well-being organisation for black and minority ethnic women in Scotland.

The workshop was led by artist Fiona Gardiner, who also works at Saheliya as a complementary therapist, providing massage, aromatherapy and reflexology to the woman attending Saheliya’s centre in Edinburgh.

Fiona said:

‘In the summer, I had the pleasure of working on a creative project with a group of women at Saheliya’s Edinburgh centre. The women had been working with the theme of Past and Present in their ‘Living and Learning’ group, so I felt that making our own clocks would both continue this theme and also be a way to bridge any existing language barriers within the group, as time is a universal language understood by all.

The women’s enthusiasm was infectious. Using different coloured papers, materials and buttons, each created a unique clock face. Needing little or no guidance, the women became utterly absorbed and their finished products were impressive. It was a privilege to work with this group, as well as immense fun.’

More information about Saheliya can be found here.


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