Since 2000 ROSL ARTS has offered Visual Arts Scholarships enabling selected Commonwealth artists to visit the UK and take part in a month long residency at Hospitalfield Arts in Arbroath, Scotland.
ROSL ARTS has welcomed young and emerging artists from Commonwealth countries including Australia, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Ghana, Grenada, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago and Uganda. Thanks to the ROSL Annual Scholars Exhibition many artists from overseas have exhibited in the UK for the first time.
A long established relationship with Hospitalfield Arts has been reinvigorated with a revised structure focused upon connecting visiting Commonwealth artists to exhibiting organisations in the UK. The three Commonwealth artists selected will be invited to take part in a month long residency at Hospitalfield Arts during the Autumn 2016 programme. Hospitalfield’s residencies are devised to be a forum for individual artists to research or produce new work while benefiting from the shared experience with the other residents and the input of specific visitors.
After the residency at Hospitalfield Arts the three chosen artists return to the UK each year to present a public project/exhibition with the partner organisation who nominated them.
Since the introduction of a revised structure in 2013, the following artists have been nominated to come to the UK.
Adele Todd from Trinidad and Tobago – selected by CCA Glasgow
Lerato Shadi from South Africa – selected by Iniva, London
Mehreen Murtaza from Pakistan – selected by Generator Projects, Dundee
Julie Favreau from Canada – selected by Edinburgh Art Festival
Song Ming Ang from Singapore – selected by Camden Art Centre
As well as the Annual Scholars Exhibition, ROSL ARTS host solo and group exhibitions throughout the year at Over-Seas House London and Over-Seas House Edinburgh. ROSL ARTS also commissions glass makers and ceramicists from the Royal College of Art to design the trophy for the ROSL Annual Music Competition.