20 Sep 2016

Fellowships Don Bachardy Fellowship at the Royal Drawing School

Royal Drawing SchoolLondon, England, United Kingdom


Opportunity Description

U.S. National Deadline: October 5, 2016 – The Don Bachardy Fellowship at the Royal Drawing School invites a gifted and dedicated post-graduate artist from outside the United Kingdom to study at the Royal Drawing School for three months (24 April 2017 – 1 July 2017) and to experience the cultural life of London. The School’s Shoreditch campus is located in a converted Victorian warehouse in the heart of East London’s art, design and fashion scene.

The fellowship is named after the Californian portrait painter, Don Bachardy (b. 1934), who studied at the Slade in 1961, had his first show at the Redfern Gallery in Mayfair that year, and has gone on to draw and paint over 10,000 portraits from life.

The Don Bachardy Fellowship is sponsored by The Christopher Isherwood Foundation. Preference may be given to artists from the US.

The Don Bachardy Fellow will spend 3 full days per week for ten weeks, drawing alongside postgraduate students studying on the Royal Drawing School’s MA level programme, The Drawing Year, as well as students on the Public Programme. Courses are taught by a distinguished faculty of over 55 practising artists. The Fellow will be invited to curate their own programme of study choosing from over 38 different drawing courses, including studio based courses, drawing out of house in London’s streets and green spaces, drawing from art in major museums and galleries, as well as intaglio printmaking courses.

The Fellow will also have the opportunity to attend our Wednesday evening lecture series, which includes in-conversations with leading contemporary artists and art history lectures. Recent speakers include Cornelia Parker RA, Phoebe Unwin, Maggi Hambling CBE, Michael Landy RA and former director of The National Gallery, Sir Nicholas Penny FSA.

To assist with travel and accommodation costs, the Don Bachardy Fellow will be awarded a $5,000 stipend, half of which will be granted on receipt of the Fellowship and the remainder on arrival in London.

If you would like to be considered for this residency please apply by 5pm on Wednesday 5 October 2016. Please complete the form to apply. The residency jury will meet at the end of October 2016, after which applicants will be told if they have been successful.


Drawing is a primary language. It is a crucial route to innovation across the creative disciplines and beyond, from fashion, fine art and animation to filmmaking, product design and engineering.

The Royal Drawing School runs over 250 different full and part-time drawing courses each year for adults and children of all ages and abilities. Five campuses across London. We also collaborate with a number of institutions including The National Gallery, The British Museum and the Royal Academy.

Opp Categories: + Open to One Medium and Draw/Illustration Only. Opp Types: Fellowships. Opp Tags: $0 Entry/Application Fee, Deadlines 09 Sept thru Oct, and Open to U.S. Artists Only. Income: *No Application Fee, In-Kind Benefit, Residency, and Stipend. Opportunity expires in 9 days.

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