A programme of mentoring and a bursary for emerging artist and makers who have a connection to Dumfries and Galloway.

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Emerge recipient Luke Fitch with his mentor Katharine Wheeler (2017)
Fraser Irvine Young Artist 2014
Katie Anderson Young Artist 2015
Terri Campbell Young Artist 2015
Clare Williams with her mentor Lisa Rothwell Young during Spring Fling 2016. Photo by Colin Hattersley
Emerge 2016 participant Morgan Hardie exhibiting as part of Spring Fling. Photo by Colin Tennant.
Emerge 2016 participant Emily Nash exhibiting as part of Spring Fling. Photo by Colin Tennant.
Luke Fitch, Spring Fling Emerge Participant 2017. Photo by Colin Hattersley.
Rosie Reid, Spring Fling Emerge Participant 2017.
Kyna Hodges, recipient 2018
David Rae, recipient 2018
Izzy Leach (recipient 2020) with mentor Kim Ayres

A development of the Young Artists Bursary Mentoring Programme, Emerge is a programme of mentoring and a bursary for emerging artists or makers (30 years or under) who have a connection to Dumfries and Galloway. Emerge recipients will be mentored by professional experienced artists / makers over a 6-9 month period, awarded a bursary of £1000 to create new work and take part in Spring Fling Open Studios. 

The programme also offers funding towards Go & See Trips,  enabling the mentor and mentee to attend relevant events such as exhibitions, conferences, workshops or classes. 


Applications are now open for Emerge 2022 for which we are offering two bursaries:

  • One for emerging artists and makers aged 30 years and under (supported by The Holywood Trust).
  • One for emerging artists and makers of ANY age (supported by Creative Scotland).

More details and application guidelines HERE




For 2021, the Emerge recipients were...

Rachel Lucy Shnapp

Rachel graduated from University of Glasgow with a MA in Philosophy and English Literature and having worked within the film industry for a number of years, is looking to hone her creative practice within visual art film. She is based between London and Moniaive and will be mentored by Mark Lyken with additional support from Colin Tennant and Saskia Coulson (CT Productions).

Sian Yeshe Blackburn

Sian works in film and digital media and since graduating from a MA creative practice course from the University of Cumbria in 2020 has been keen to further explore the rural culture of Southern Scotland through documentary work. She is based in Langholm and will be mentored by John Wallace with additional support from Colin Tennant and Saskia Coulson (CT Productions). 

Emerge 2021 is funded by the Holywood Trust, Creative Scotland and the Archie Sutter Watt Trust.

EMERGE 2020 

For 2020, we awarded three Emerge Young Artist Bursaries, including a new bursary for emerging artists and makers of any age (supported by Creative Scotland).

2020's recipients were...

Blossom McCuaig
Blossom graduated from Lancaster University with a BA English Literature & Philosophy. She is based in Dumfries, doing illustration, installation, painting, drawing, printmaking, murals and street art and was mentored in 2020 by Emma Varley, Lucy MacLeod and Mark Zygadlo.

Sophie Jarzyna
Sophie is a self-taught potter from Langholm (currently based here and with a studio in neighbouring Claygate). She completed an Art & Design Foundation Diploma at Cumbria Institute of the Arts and was mentored by Chris Taylor and Clare Dawdry.

Izzy Leach
Izzy studied Communication Design (Photography) at Glasgow School of Art. Based in Kirkcudbright, she is a photographer and filmmaker. She was mentored by CT Productions (Colin Tennant & Saskia Coulson) and Kim Ayres.  

Emerge 2020 was supported by The Holywood Trust and Creative Scotland. 


In 2019, we awarded two Emerge Young Artist Bursaries for 2019 to emerging artists Jordan Chisholm (mentored by Jo Hodges) and Sarah Rogers (mentored by Alison Macleod and Lisa Rothwell-Young).

Sarah graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee in 2017 after completing her BA (Hons) in Jewellery and Metal Design.

Jordan graduated from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2018 achieving a BA Honours (First Class) Contemporary Performance Practice.

Emerge 2019 was funded by The Holywood Trust and Creative Scotland. Read more about the programme here.

The 2018 recipients were David Rae (mentored by Bea Last) and Kyna Hodges (mentored by Denise Zygadlo and Morag Paterson).

David graduated from Grays School of Art in 2017 with a first class honours in painting. He creates paintings based on locations that featured in his childhood, places he has visited or imagined. 

Kyna graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2017 where she studied Communication Design, specialising in photography. Kyna's practice includes installation, photography, mixed media and sculpture. The 2018 programme was funded by The Holywood Trust and the Archie Sutter Watt Trust. Read more about the 2018 programme here.


For 2017 we awarded two Emerge Bursaries. The recipients were portrait painter Luke Fitch and textile designer Rosie Reid. Luke and Rosie were mentored by Katharine Wheeler and Morag Macpherson respectively. The 2017 programme was supported by the Holywood Trust and Creative Scotland. Read more about the 2017 project here.


Those taking part in 2016 were visual artist Denise Zygadlo, from Auldgirth, who mentored Morgan Hardie, a Dumfries-based portrait painter and gallery assistant at Gracefield Arts Centre.

Lisa Rothwell Young, a Langholm based jeweller mentored Clare Williams who works with textiles and surface designs including beautiful scarves and cushions, based near Lockerbie.

Sarah Keast, from Moniaive, who is well known for her printmaking and for her love of the ocean, ships and sea life, mentored Emily Nash, from near Wigtown, who specialises in drawing, mixed media and printmaking.

The 2016 project was made possible by the Holywood Trust, which supported two of the young artists and the Archie Sutter Watt Trust which supported the third.


 **Due to Coronavirus, some of our projects may have been postponed or adapted to fit with current restrictions **
Please check individual project pages for details