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Royal College of Art: creative bursary opportunity for local artists aged 16-25

Wandsworth Artist Open House bursary group shot, 2019.  Photographer: Ollie Mackay

Published on
December 9, 2021


Are you an artist under 25 with artwork to exhibit?

The Royal College of Art (RCA) and Wandsworth Arts Fringe (WAF) are offering five bursaries to local artists and designers aged 16-25.

The scheme builds on the success of the RCA Bursary for Wandsworth Artists’ Open House in 2018 and 2019.

The bursaries will support and pay for emerging artists and designers to register for WAF 2022 and showcase their work in a group exhibition at the newly opened Outlined Gallery in Nine Elms, as well as receiving tailored mentoring and support from RCA staff and students.

The contemporary art gallery will continue to support the artists by featuring their work on the gallery’s website for 12 months, with options to create prints for the public to buy, creating a financial revenue stream for the artist. Visit the Outlined Christmas and Winter Exhibition to find out more about the gallery.

Apply for this unique opportunity by submitting your details through the bursary application form or by completing a short video recording by midnight on Sunday 6 February 2022.


To be eligible for a bursary, you must:

  • be aged between 16–25 on 10 June 2022
  • currently live, work or study in the London Borough of Wandsworth
  • have at least five pieces of existing artwork that you would like to exhibit
  • be available for the key project dates outlined below
  • participate in evaluation of programme activities
  • not have previously received a RCA WAOH bursary

NB: The bursaries are not open to RCA staff, students or alumni.

Key dates

  • 8 December 2021: Applications open
  • 6 February 2022: Application Deadline (midnight)
  • 11 February 2022: Awards announced
  • 25 February 2022: Deadline to accept/decline bursary and create a MyFringe account
  • March & April 2022: Mentors to be matched and sessions to be arranged
  • w/c 6 June 2022: Installation at Outlined Gallery
  • 9 June 2022: Group exhibition Private View at Outlined Gallery
  • 10–26 June 2022: WAF 2022 – exhibition at Outlined Gallery
  • 27 June 2022: Deinstallation at Outlined Gallery

How to apply

Please complete an application using the form at the link below.  You can alternately upload a short video addressing the questions in the application and email it to

If you have any questions please get in touch with Hannah Lambert, Community Engagement Manager from the Royal College of Art:

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