For Artists

This is our artist hub space, visit this page to find out more about artist opportunities, training or workshops, funding opportunities and support as part of your work with Bethlem Gallery.

See our resources page for artist toolkits.

As a reminder, the Gallery team can offer –
  • 1:1 artist surgery slots (for advice, where resources allow) 
  • Studio time (in our studio, booked in advance, where resources allow)  
  • Our writing group meets on Wednesdays (online and in person) 11am-1pm. 
  • Please contact Shetha if you would like to book any of these –



  • The White Pube have a a Funding Library including many examples of successful applications, found here.
  • Annual Creative Future Writers’ Awards (CFWA) 2023 open for entries from underrepresented writers
    Now celebrating its 10th year, CFWA is the UK’s only national writing competition for ALL underrepresented writers. It opens on Tuesday 17 January 2023 and features £20,000 in cash and writer development prizes.

    The award is open to all writers whose stories are underrepresented in mainstream publishing including those with ill mental health, physical/learning disabilities, neurodiversity, writers from Black, Asian, traveller, mixed heritage or other global majority backgrounds, LGBTQIA+ writers, as well as writers from working class backgrounds.

    “I was really pleased to win CFWA 2019. What I didn’t realise then was that I’d met a long term creative partner. It’s now 2023 and I can honestly say it’s the gift that keeps on giving. CF has helped me to write my first novel, to facilitate creative workshops, and to gain skills and experience. They’ve helped countless new writers to find their voice and their place in this world.”
    – Susan Downer, 2019 Platinum Award Winner

    Writers can submit via the website, email or by post.

    The theme for 2023 is ‘X’. Poetry (up to 50 lines) short fiction and creative non-fiction (up to 2,000 words) should be submitted before the deadline of 11.59pm on Sunday 14 May 2023.

    More information including details of how to apply can be found at:

  • Kings College London have recently updated their Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Directory for Refugees and Migrants in London. This is a free resource which provides valuable information about over 120 London-based organisations providing mental health and psychosocial support. It can be used by both refugees and migrants themselves, as well as by those who need to refer others to relevant mental health and psychosocial support services in and around London.   You can download the Directory for free via the project

  • Grand Plan award £1,000 grants to creative people of colour based in the UK who want to make a new cultural project happen. It can be anything from: poetry, paintings, fashion, zines, music, food, flowers, photographs to workshops or events — whatever you want.
    They award ten grants every two months. Find out more:


  • Southwark, London Bridge – every Tuesday, 2-4 pm from 1st November

    Arts Network are offering free creative workshops for adults with lived experience of the mental health system, living/working in Southwark. More information below:

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