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 makes tools to move ideas. Founded in 2009 in Amsterdam as a simple, well-designed file sharing service for the creative community, WeTransfer has grown to include tools that scale across the creative spectrum, including editorial platform WePresent (with 2M monthly readers), mobile app 'Collect by WeTransfer' (with 4M monthly users), quick slide-making tool Paste™ (with 40,000 active teams), immersive sketching tool Paper® (with more than 25M downloads), and the original web platform with 50M monthly users and over a billion files sent each month.
From the beginning, WeTransfer has prioritized bringing “offline” values - trust, transparency, and ethics - online. This means having a responsible data policy and tools that don’t distract people from their creative flow. WeTransfer has pioneered a new means of online advertising, resulting in the platform’s full-page wallpapers, designed by our award-winning in-house creative studio. Advertisers include industry-leading brands like Apple, Saint Laurent, Google, Balenciaga, Samsung, Netflix, Adidas, and Squarespace.
Since its founding, WeTransfer has proudly supported the creative communities and given up to 30% of advertising space to support the arts, donating over 5 billion impressions in 2017. Through our ongoing advertising grant program and content platform, WePresent, we have partnered with hundreds of groundbreaking artists and organizations, including Björk, King Krule, FKA twigs, Ryan McGinley, Ami Vitale, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the UN Development Program, the World Wildlife Foundation and the Prince Estate. In 2016, WeTransfer launched the world’s first free Masters of the Arts in design thinking with the University of the Underground and Worldwide FM, the global radio station run by legendary BBC DJ Gilles Peterson.
Following a $25 million investment from Highland Europe in 2015, WeTransfer opened a US office in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, to add to the Amsterdam headquarters. In 2018, WeTransfer acquired popular creative apps Paper® and Paste™ and expanded its US presence to Seattle and New York City.