Brucebo Art Residency/Travel Scholarship for Canadian Artists, Sweden, apply by Jan 31

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Brucebo and W.B. Bruce Fine Art Scholarships for Canadian Artists


Call for submissions: Brucebo Fine Art Summer Residency Scholarship (Gotland, Sweden) and The William Blair Bruce European Fine Art Travel Scholarship

Next Submission deadline: January 31st, 2018

Since 1972, the Brucebo Fine Art Scholarship Foundation of Gotland, Sweden (BFAS) has offered a fine art residency/scholarship to a talented emerging professional Canadian artist providing an inspiring study/work stay in northern Europe on the island of Gotland, located in the Baltic Sea. The Brucebo fine art scholarships hark back to the post-impressionist era in Europe. Two young artists, Caroline Benedicks of Sweden and William Blair Bruce of Hamilton, Canada, meet in Paris, marry and after many years on the European continent, settle on Gotland Island. With the untimely death of William in 1906 and that of Caroline in 1935, the estate, in the early 70’s, created theBrucebo Fine Art (Scholarship) Foundation, an organization promoting island-based cultural history and fine art. To commemorate the unique Swedish-Canadian link of Caroline’s and William’s marriage and impressive artistry, two annual fine art scholarships for younger, professional Canadian artists were established: The Brucebo Fine Art Summer Residency Scholarship and The William Blair Bruce European Fine Art Travel Scholarship.

The Brucebo Fine Art Summer Residency Scholarship funds a three month working residency at the Brucebo studio cottage in the Själsö fishing village, 7 km north of of Visby in Gotland, Sweden. The scholarship covers travel expenses from Canada – Gotland (return), the use of the studio cottage, a monthly food stipend plus a small amount for materials and/or equipment. Total approximate value : SEK 30,000.

The William Blair Bruce Travel Scholarship finances a European research sejour, to be undertaken within the next year. The tour is based on an approved Fine Art-related investigative project. Total value: SEK 30,000. As a final part of the travel scholarship, the recipient must visit Visby via Stockholm. While in Visby, she/he will give a public lecture sponsored by the Foundation on the investigative theme pursued during her/his recent European travel.

Scholarship eligibility: Canadian artists who have studied fine arts within the last ten years.

Deadline for applications: January 31, 2018. See the application guidelines and download the application form at Click on “Apply”.

For more information on the Scholarships, the studio cottage, previous scholarship recipients and the Caroline Benedicks – William Blair Bruce story, visit the Brucebo Scholarships website at:

The scholarships are administered by Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, Associate Dean’s Office in Montreal and the Chair of the Brucebo Fine Art Evaluation Committee: Jessica Auer. For more information on the scholarships, the residency or your application, email:

An information session will be held in Montreal on December 9th at 10:30am at Concordia University’s EV Building, 1515 St. Catherine St. W. Room EV 2.776.

For more detailed information on Gotland and the foundation’s history you may also contact Dr. Jan O. Lundgren, BFAS Liaison Officer in Canada, c/o Geography Dept., McGill University, 805 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Que., Canada H3A 2K6; email:, fax 514 398-7437; tel: 450 672-6096.

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