I am not sure, really, but I have always liked the idea that poetry, like the other arts, is definitely entitled to explore its own formal potential even though it may make mistakes or may go into a cuI-dc-sac. But, occasionally, it may go into some interesting region and bring back something from somewhere else. I think that it is what happens to concrete poetry or sound poetry.

Edwin Morgan in conversation with Marco Fazzini

Following on from the success of The Second Life artist commissions which celebrated Edwin Morgan’s centenary year, the Edwin Morgan Trust is pleased to launch the open call for our permanent funding stream, The Second Life Awards.

Established to support projects that enrich Scottish cultural life and connect with Edwin Morgan’s life and work, The Second Life Awards are open to applications from organisations, collectives, groups and individuals; proposals are invited for projects that will be developed from September 2022 and delivered before September 2023.

There are three levels of support available: 

£500 – £1,500 – These grants are intended for projects that are smaller scale, strands of existing projects or one-off events (e.g. a podcast episode, a zine project, an event). Previously funded examples include the 2022 Edwin Morgan Bursary in partnership with Moniack Mhor, or the amazing suite of commissions enabled by The Second Life artist commissions in 2020/21 – including podcasts, zines, films, musical scores, dance responses, performances, installations (each of these received between £750-£1,500 of support).

£1,500 – £3,000 – These grants are suitable for projects that require development time and may involve multiple outcomes (e.g. a research project with outcome, a collaborative project, a community engagement project, a larger scale publication project). Previously funded examples include the Clydebuilt Verse Apprentice Scheme, delivered by St Mungo’s Mirrorball and  Hypnagogia Glossolalia, a text and video work by Scottish artist Sekai Machache. 

£3,000 – £5,000 – The largest grants would support longer term/ multi-pronged projects (e.g. multi-year projects, larger residency or commission/ support projects, international projects). Previously funded examples include the Disability Arts Online Associate Artist programme and the Literature Across Frontiers translation exchange programme. 

We have kept the application process simple – with four questions and an opportunity to upload or link to optional supporting documentation. 

Visit our FAQ page to learn more and email contact@edwinmorgantrust.com if your question is not covered here.

Applications for funding are now closed.  Trustees will review applications and decide on the projects that will receive support. 

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