As we speak, the printing presses are humming away, churning out the next edition of the Overseas journal, which will be arriving on your doorstep from the beginning of March. 

ROSL’s support for young musicians and artists stretches all the way back to the founding of the Music Circle in 1947, which aimed to give performance opportunities at the club. This eventually grew into what we now call the Annual Music Competition, and was joined in the 1980s by our visual arts programme.

Starting out as an annual exhibition for young artists, this has now grown into a series of rolling exhibitions that take place throughout the year, which sit along the scholarships ROSL offers annually in both disciplines.

To mark our continuing support, this issue of Overseas will go behind the scenes of the art world to find out how artists, art administrators, members, and the wider public approach art, to find out why we engage with art in all its forms, and what we get out of it.

Ever wondered who, or what, might be the artists of the future? Thanks to ROSL’s long-running collaboration with the Caine Prize for African Writing, we might just be getting a glimpse of the answer. Winner of the inaugural ROSL Readers Award at the 2018 Caine Prize, Wole Talabi has penned an original short story, Debut, for Overseas that imagines how art might be made in the near future. You can also read how an artist draws on family and upbringing in his work, how the classical music world needs better representation, how a curator goes about putting on an exhibition, and the importance of funding for arts education, as we seek to interrogate the way the art world operates.

Read all of this, as well as news from the clubhouse and around the world, in the next edition, which will be available here from 1 March.

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