At ROSL ARTS, we have a well-established visual arts programme which supports early career artists from the Commonwealth and beyond.
Formally beginning in 1984 as the ROSL Annual Exhibition, ROSL presented over 50 works of art by British artists such as Tracey Emin and Peter Howsen as well as their Commonwealth contemporaries. This exhibition was then restructured in 2000, maintaining the group show but allowing the participating artists from around the world the opportunity attend a residency in the UK, a practice we still maintain today. In 2016 and 2017, visual art scholarships have been awarded to artists from Canada, Pakistan, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. Artists were selected in partnership with Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool; Rhubaba, Edinburgh; Auto Italia, London; Liverpool Biennale and David Dale Gallery, Glasgow.
As well as enabling the creation of art, ROSL Arts also presents a purchased work from the department of Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art, to the winner of the Annual Music Competition's Overseas Award, the latest being Abel Selacoe, who was awarded an artwork by Glass artist Viil Coward.
All the work we do through the year is underlined by a constant and changing programme of exhibitions held at Over-Seas House, London and Edinburgh. Recent exhibitions include young Scottish artist Kerr Rodgie, with his first London solo show and Incognito, displaying postcard submissions from many ROSL members and artists worldwide, all sold in aid of ROSL's humanitarian work. We also recently exhibited the Young Master’s Prize by the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, and currently have an exhibition entitled ‘NO PLACE’ in partnership with Bearspace Gallery.