Open Call: The Art House & ROSL International Residency 2020

Deadline: 06/09/2020

The Art House

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Open Call - International residency with a commonwealth focus providing development & exhibition opportunities for visual artists.

The Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) and The Art House are seeking proposals from artists who would like to take up a two-month supported residency at the Art House purpose-built studios in Wakefield. The opportunity is to help develop the practice of an early- to mid-career artist. This opportunity is open to artists living and working in commonwealth (or former commonwealth) countries who have not yet exhibited or studied in the UK.

Residency dates: 6 Sept – 29 October 2021.

The residency offers

●     Fully covered travel costs

●     Fully covered visa costs

●     Living costs covered with a per diem

●     Free studio space in The Art House

●     Free access to a fully equipped print studio, with screen print, etching and laser cutter

●     An opportunity to show either a new body of work created during the residency, or work in progress in The Art House

●     Coaching and mentoring through 1-2-1 sessions with our team to support artists to develop their critical understanding of their artistic practice, marketing, and develop audiences for their work.

●     A funded visit to ROSL London and opportunity to see the art scene of the capital over Frieze week

Proposals are welcomed from artists working in all types of contemporary visual art practice, including photography, new media, fine art, artists’ moving image, live art, crafts, design, architecture, site-specific, socially engaged and interdisciplinary practices. Artists working in digital media are also encouraged to apply. ROSL and The Art House are committed to developing and supporting contemporary art practice and critical debate around it. We are accepting proposals from artists at all stages of their development and are particularly interested in artists who want to experiment, innovate and extend their practice.

Shortlisted artists will engage in an initial skype conversation with ROSL and The Art House to explore your aspirations for this programme, and what other support may be needed and available. Both organisations are happy to discuss flexibility if any aspect of the offer needs adapting to suit your needs. Following the conversation, an offer of the residency may be made.

See information on our 2018 residency with Joey Chin and Buhle Wonder Mbambo here:   

See information on our 2019 residency with Cole Ndelu and Dimple B Shah here:








About ROSL

The Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) is a not-for-profit members' organisation dedicated to championing international friendship and understanding. We help artists and musicians across the Commonwealth connect, collaborate and create. Our education work benefits communities and changes lives. With the support of our international membership, a programme of artistic activities has developed over the past 70 years and now includes: exhibitions, literature and art talks, concerts, visual art residencies, an annual music competition, and a biennial photography competition.


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
This opportunity is open to artists working in all media who have not extensively lived or worked in the UK previously.
The artists must be from commonwealth (or former commonwealth) countries. A list of current commonwealth members can be found here: and we will also accept applications from those based in Ireland, the Maldives, and Zimbabwe.
Applicants must not be in full time education at the point of the residency.
Applicants must be able to travel to the UK and be able to participate fully in the residency.
When is the deadline?
Sunday 6th September 2020, 23:59 (BST)
Are there payments to artists?
Artists will have their international travel, visas, UK travel and accommodation covered for this residency. They will also receive a per diem to cover living costs, and there is money for the production and exhibition of new work. For more details then please use the contact button.
Does the location have disabled access?
Yes - For full information then please see our website:
How do you decide on proposals?
Applications will be assessed by the Programme Team at The Art House, The Royal Over-Seas League, and a panel of UK curators.

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