Make Do & Mend offers artists a chance to develop an idea, based around a theme that invites an opportunity to consider the position of women and girls living in Scotland today.

The project title, Make Do & Mend, is derived from a World War II pamphlet that encouraged women to be frugal and stylish. This fund exists to see what artists can achieve with limited resources – a contemporary take on the wartime slogan.

Since the project’s launch in 2018 we have awarded eight artists seed funding to develop a new work that responds to different themes and provocations.


Current Opportunities:

Make Do & Mend 2019 presented by Stellar Quines and Birds of Paradise

Theme: Motherhood – What is the connection between mother and child?

Stellar Quines and Birds of Paradise (BOP) are excited to collaborate on this round of Make Do & Mend. The aim of this collaboration is to create a unique opportunity for artists to create something amazing that they would not otherwise have the chance to develop.

What this is and how this is delivered is entirely up to you. We are open to new ways of working as well as more traditional methods. Crucially, this opportunity should fuel your imagination both thematically but also in the methodology you might employ.

Per proposal there is a maximum fund of £2,000 available (the fund is £8,000 in total). There is also an additional fund of £2,000 to contribute towards access costs across the programme of supported artists.

The bond between a mother and their child is unlike any other – but it is often a complex and tangled relationship. For Make Do & Mend 2019 we are inviting artists to respond to this theme of motherhood and the connections involved. You do not need to be a mother or parent to apply.

Make Do & Mend is open to applications from individual artists, companies or collectives be that emergent or mid-career, who identify as any gender. We welcome applications from artists who identify as People of Colour. The lead artist(s) must identify as disabled. We do ask that when engaging a creative team, you are mindful of gender balance and reflect our own commitment to working with a minimum of 70% woman identifying participants.

Please download full information including the application form:

Make Do & Mend Application Pack .pdf
Make Do & Mend Application Pack .doc
Equalities and Monitoring Form

If you would like this application in any other format please email hello@stellarquines.co.uk or call 0131 229 3851.

Deadline for applications Tuesday 14th January 2020.


In 2018 we had two provocations, one in response to women’s rights and another in partnership with Terra Incognita, in response to activism. The 2018 awardees are:

Make Do & Mend‘How have the rights of women changed since 1918 and what does the future hold?’

Mini Make Do & Mend in partnership with Glasgow based Terra Incognita:‘Campaigning women over the last century – what next?’


2018: Press Release Make Do & Mend Projects Announcement

All creative teams for each Make Do & Mend project engage a minimum of 70% woman identifying participants which reflects our own commitment to gender balance.

Equalities Diversity and Inclusivity sits at the heart of Stellar Quine’s core values, as our ambitions to inspire excellence in women & girls are embraced by the organisation on every level. While women and girls remain our over-arching focus, Race/Ethnicity and Pregnancy & Maternity serve as cross cutting themes.

Mini Make Do & Mend was in partnership with Terra Incognita.