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. (more…)