Lisson Gallery Scholarships

The Lisson Gallery Scholarships will be awarded annually to support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students enrolled or offered a place on MFA Fine Art and MFA Curating.

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In addition to financial support generously provided by the Lisson Gallery, the MFA Curating Scholarship includes a six-month paid internship split between the Gallery and a partner public gallery upon graduation. The MFA Fine Art Scholarship includes mentoring with a senior British artist.


The Lisson Gallery Scholarships are worth £10,000 per scholar: £5,000 a year for two years of full time study on the two above mentioned courses.

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Eligibility criteria

The scholarships will be awarded to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students who qualify for Home Fees in British universities. They must also be enrolled or have been offered an unconditional place on the MFA Fine Art or the MFA Curating at Goldsmiths. Their applications will be judged on their potential as artists and curators and their capacity to benefit from the courses on offer. Applicants must meet the general eligibility criteria and regulations.

Application deadlines

Incoming students will be notified when the application process will open.

How to apply

Applicants should provide a CV and a statement of no more than 500 words outlining their reasons for doing the course, their professional ambitions and how the Lisson Gallery Scholarships will help them achieve their ambitions.

Applications should be sent to either David Mabb, Programme Leader of the MFA Fine Art or Simon Sheikh, Programme Leader of the MFA Curating.

Selection process

All applications will be considered by the panel. A shortlist will be established and the shortlisted candidates interviewed in the first week of June, via Teams.

The Selection Panel will consist of academic staff from the two programmes, The Head of Department and a member appointed by the Lisson Gallery.

Goldsmiths will prioritise widening participation markers, i.e. evidence that students are members of communities that are traditionally under-represented in higher education, such as being care-experienced or estranged from their families, coming from a non-selective state school, coming from a home where neither parent/carer has been to university, and other markers.