DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: JANUARY 31 ANNUALLY
Since 1972, the Brucebo Fine Art Scholarship Foundation of Gotland, Sweden (=BBF) has offered a fine art residency scholarship to younger, talented, emerging Canadian artists aged 40 or younger, preferably painters, thus providing an inspiring study and work stay in northern Europe on the island of Gotland located in the middle of the crisp waters of the Baltic Sea.
The BBF fine art scholarships hark back to the post-impressionist era in Europe – the 1880’s – a time when Paris was the world center of artistic creativity . Two young artists, Caroline Benedicks of Sweden and William Blair Bruce of Hamilton, Canada, meet in Paris, marry and after living many years on the European continent , settle on history-laden Gotland Island , a Swedish outpost approximately equidistant between the Swedish mainland and the Baltic state of Latvia. With the untimely death of William ( in 1906), and that of Caroline ( in 1935 ), the estate , in the early 70’s, created the Brucebo Fine Art ( Scholarships ) Foundation, an organization promoting island-based cultural history and fine art.
In order 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 Scholarship and the William Blair Bruce European Fine Art Travel Scholarship.
- The “ Brucebo” funds a three months’ working residency at the Brucebo studio cottage , Skälsö fishing village, 7 km. North of the Hanseatic and medieval City of Visby, a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. The scholarship covers transport expenses Canada – Gotland (return ), the use of the studio cottage, a monthly food stipend plus an equipment grant. Total value: SEK. 25.000:- plus . Upon leaving the island , the artist is invited to deposit two samples of her/his Summer Fine Art works with the Canadian Collection at the Gotland Fine Art Museum. Over the years, this museum has built up one of the finest assemblages of contemporary Canadian Fine Art outside Canada.
- The William Blair “Bruce travel” finances an European sojourn, to be undertaken in the Fall 2011 , or the Winter Semester 2012. The tour must be based on an approved, Fine Art -related investigative project . Total value: SEK.25.000:- plus . As a final , integral part of the “ Bruce Travel ” , the recipient must visit Stockholm and Visby. While in Visby she/he will give a public lecture, sponsored by the BBF, on the investigative theme pursued under the auspices of his/her recent European travel.
Since 2002, the scholarships are administered by Concordia University Faculty of Fine Art Associate Dean’s Office, Montreal, and on a more practical level by Prof. Kathryn Lipke ( email: email@example.com), Chair , Brucebo Fine Art Scholar-ships Evaluation committee .
For info. details, contact Dr. Jan O. Lundgren, BBF Liaison Officer in Canada , c/o Geography Department, McGill University, 805 Sherbrooke West, Montreal, Que. Canada H3A 2K6 ; email: jan.lundgren@ mcgill. ca ; fax: (514) 398–7437 ; tel: (450) 672-6096.