ROSL ARTS works within the original mandate of its founder to ‘maintain social and cultural links worldwide’ and through our Visual Art Scholarships we look to bring international creativity to the UK.
In 2018 we are pleased to announce that we are going to be bringing our scholarships to the North of England as we partner with The Art House in Wakefield.
The focus of these scholarships are networking and creative development with the ambition to provide the scholars an opportunity to focus and create in a new environment. The Art House has a remit focusing on diversity and access, ensuring the residency provides opportunities for artists of all abilities from around the world. Spanning over 2 months, the artists will be provided funding and allowed time to visit creative spaces across the country and meet their peers working in similar fields. Looking to attract diverse scholars who will make the most of the opportunity, selection will be made through an open call application process open to artists from around the Commonwealth. The residency will conclude with a celebratory event, the format of which will connect with the practice of the scholar and will not be a finishing point but rather share the practice and progress of the past few months with our members, friends and the wider public. In this new format our ambition is to instigate opportunities for artists through sharing and networking while providing time and space to develop creatively in a calm, productive and connected environment.
Our previous format and partners:
The Visual Arts Scholarship developed from the ROSL Annual Exhibition that began in 1984. This exhibition selected the work of artists from the Commonwealth to be presented in a single, uniting exhibition. This exhibition was then restructured in 2000, presenting a group show at the OXO in London while introducing a month-long residency for some of the overseas artists to come to the UK and stay at Hospitalfield in Arbroath. In 2013 the scholarships were again refreshed to maintain the residency but also offer the opportunity to develop a public project with a respected commissioning organisation. For many years with this structure we invited partner visual arts organisations to nominate early career artists from within the Commonwealth to attend the residency and present a final exhibition. In this format we have worked with organisations that include The Grundy, Blackpool; Glasgow International Festival, Glasgow; Camden Art Centre, London; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee and Iniva, London. For a full list of scholars and partners see our Visual Arts Alumni page.
2017 brought Madiha Aijaz and Stephanie Hier to Scotland for residencies and they will return to complete an exhibition in 2018, Aijaz with Liverpool Biennial and Hier with David Dale Gallery in Glasgow.