ROSL works within the original mandate of its founder to ‘maintain social and cultural links worldwide’ and through our ROSL International Residencies we look to bring global creativity to the UK.

We work with the The Art House in Wakefield to provide two residencies each year for artists who are from Commonwealth or former Commonwealth countries and have never studied or exhibited in the UK. The two-month residencies are fully funded and focus on networking and creative development with opportunities for artists to share their work with a UK audience. Our ambition is to instigate networking opportunities for artists, while providing time and space to develop creatively in a calm, productive and connected environment.

The open call for 2019 is now open, follow the link to apply:

2019 Application

Find our more about the residencies from our 2018 Alumni Joey Chin and Buhle Wonder Mbambo in the films below.



The history of our residencies.


The ROSL Annual Exhibition begins. The exhibition selected the work of artists from the Commonwealth to be presented in a single, uniting exhibition un the UK.


The ROSL Annual Exhibition was restructured, 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.


The residencies were refreshed to maintain the time in the UK, but also offer the opportunity to develop a public project with another respected commissioning organisation. Partner visual arts organisations were invited to nominate early career artists from within the Commonwealth to attend the residency and present a final exhibition. In this format we 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 alumni and partners see our Visual Arts Alumni page.


The residencies were restructured to have artists apply via an open call and to work with The Art House in Wakefield, where there are fully accessible facilities for artists. With an egalitarial application process and access to all, the residencies now align more closely with the founding ethos of the Royal Over-Seas League. The new format offers visiting artists two months in the UK and more opportunities for the ROSL membership to see and engage with the work they are doing during their stay.

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