WeTransfer creates arts scholarship in partnership with visionary Central Saint Martins’ course, MA Material Futures
SummaryFor the first time, WeTransfer is creating two ground-breaking bursaries, as part of a long-term collaborative partnership with Central Saint Martins. Beginning with September’s intake, two students on the visionary postgraduate course, MA Material Futures, will receive funding for the full two-year course for the first time in the programme’s history.
Rather than the common one-off prizes, these new bursaries – which have been initiated and funded by WeTransfer – will support two students from around the globe in their full-time studies, every year, for the next ten years.
WeTransfer’s chief strategy officer, Damian Bradfield, commented on the bursaries: “Central Saint Martins is one of the most prestigious schools for art and fashion in the world. To be able to offer two bursaries to the MA Material Futures postgraduate course – and in turn support two inspiring creative talents from around the globe each year – is an exciting opportunity for us.
“There are endless pots of money and one-off prizes offered by corporate institutions but these are all finite. There has been very little long-term commitment, however, to finding and developing the future heroes of our creative industries. This is why we have pledged to remove the barriers preventing not just two individuals from pursuing their passions, but two every year, for the next ten years.
“The creative community has formed a huge part of our user base since the platform was created so it has always been vital for us to support nascent creative talent wherever possible. That began with donating wallpaper space to our favourite global artists and has expanded over recent years to create a number of packages to ensure that their work is recognised at the highest possible level.”
Each of the students will produce a variety of forms of documentation to continuously challenge their creative process. This will include a short film introducing themselves and their creative process in addition to a selection of work throughout the year, which will be showcased to WeTransfer’s monthly and global user base of 65 million people.
The bursary will be open to all applicants, but will focus on those who incorporate disruptive technology into their creative practices. Each student will be provided with mentorship from a member of the WeTransfer team.
WeTransfer is the simplest way to send your files around the world. The service was founded in 2009 in Amsterdam by Bas Beerens and Nalden, who wanted to create an easy platform for people to send big files without any sign-up. Today, 40 million active users across 195 countries transfer one billion files every month. It is WeTransfer’s mission to enable the effortless transfer of ideas from one creative mind to many. We want to help our users get in, and stay in, their creative flow – that strange and beautiful state where everything comes together and great things happen.
WeTransfer has a dual revenue model, split between advertising and premium subscriptions. With WeTransfer Plus, customers benefit from bigger transfer sizes, storage and personalization options. WeTransfer also works with the world's biggest brands, including Google, Samsung, Netflix and Squarespace, to develop and deliver beautiful, full-screen advertisements on our background wallpapers.
Since day one, WeTransfer has proudly supported the creative communities by giving away 30% of the advertising space to showcase projects we love. With WeTransfer Studios, creative partnerships have been launched with some of the world's most interesting individuals and organizations, including FKA twigs, Rankin, Anderson .Paak, McSweeney's, World Press Photo, The Royal Academy of Arts and the Ace Hotel Group. On our content platform This Works, we tell the stories behind the creative work we curate and create. WeTransfer also supports tomorrow’s creative leaders by offering free premium accounts to all arts students in the United States.
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