The inaugural #CIRCAECONOMY Scholarship Programme, launched in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London, opens the door to a postgraduate arts education for students with non-traditional educational backgrounds, alongside those with undergraduate degrees. Generated entirely from #CIRCAECONOMY prints, two scholarships worth a total of £30,000 will be awarded to students to complete the MA Art & Ecology and MFA Curating degree programmes.


‘Goldsmiths Department of Art is delighted to be working with CIRCA – one of the most dynamic and innovative companies currently working in the field of contemporary art – to offer two new scholarships to students on our MFA Curating and MA Art and Ecology, starting in the academic year 2022/23. These scholarships are aimed at people who’ve taken non-traditional routes to the study of art and curating. They provide both generous financial support and mentoring by CIRCA; and will empower students who might otherwise not have the chance to study at a world leading art school the opportunity to develop an influential and sustainable practice.”

Professor Richard Noble, Head of the Department of Art at Goldsmiths


The scholarship recognises that many practitioners without traditional academic qualifications face barriers when it comes to postgraduate studies. This scholarship looks to recognise and validate alternative forms of self-education and development by opening up the application process.

These courses are situated within the Goldsmiths’ Department of Art and address vital questions of social justice. This is an opportunity for artists and curators who have not followed conventional paths through arts education to receive support for postgraduate study at an arts institution with a leading international reputation for exploring aesthetic, social, political and philosophical questions across diverse contexts for contemporary art. The collaboration will also create opportunities for internships and workshops for students interested in working in an activist and entrepreneurial organisation like CIRCA.

“Our new scholarship programme defines everything that CIRCA set out to achieve as a platform with purpose. We’re grateful to all of our previous artists for supporting the #CIRCAECONOMY and everyone who purchased a print. This ongoing partnership with Goldsmiths will support the next generation at this difficult time and we’re especially grateful to Richard Noble and Andrew Renton for supporting our mission in making the arts more accessible to everyone.”

Josef O’Connor, Founder and Artistic Director, CIRCA

The #CIRCAECONOMY is a circular funding model built on the contributions of world-leading artists. Since October 2020, David Hockney, Ai Weiwei, Patti Smith, Vivienne Westwood, and Nikita Gale, among many others, have produced global public artworks for CIRCA’s programme alongside a series of limited-edition prints that have been sold with the purpose of supporting rising artists and access to art in the public realm.

The chosen postgraduate programmes align with CIRCA’s mission to produce urgent and vibrant artistic responses to pressing social issues. CIRCA’s approach to expanding arts beyond traditional forum is reflected in the scholarships open application process which supports both graduates of art degrees and those who have developed artistic practices outside of formal education.


Candidates will be able to apply for the scholarships once they have been offered a place on the programme: All applications will be considered by the panel. A shortlist will be established and the shortlisted candidates interviewed in September 2022.

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 CIRCA Scholarships will help them achieve their ambitions. The Selection Panel will consist of academic staff from the two programmes, the Head of Department and a member appointed by CIRCA.




The two CIRCA scholarships will be awarded to students who qualify for Home Fees in British universities. Their applications will be judged on their potential as artists and curators and their capacity to benefit from the courses on offer.  

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 Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic, 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.