"Sometimes it feels as if we are living in two chapters of the same book, nearly two years after our world was flipped upside down. There was forced rest, an adjustment and now acclimation to a world that simultaneously looks and feels very different yet very much the same as it did in 2019. Many of us hoped that a seismic shift of this proportion would have resulted in a kinder, more compassionate and just world but there have surely been more questions prompted, than answers.
Our 2022 graduates, like the seasons have experienced all of the tides of emotional, physical and psychological shifts during a time, graduate school, that always proves to be monumental and
life-changing regardless of your age and background. They have done so with grace, empathy and creativity, turning to that which makes them feel and understand their body and the world they inhabit. Their studio and experience at the RCA has provided them with the tools that will enhance what they already possess: adaptability, resilience, dedication, passion and vulnerability. This for them is only the beginning, the work they’ve put forward for their degree show is history-making and life-altering. Sharing pieces of themselves in their work and through a lens that aims to help the fragments feel whole again or at the very least, make you and themselves simply feel."
Head of Programme, Alexandria Smith
MA Painting is thankful for the support of passionate individuals and charitable organisations who each create visible pathways into the RCA for talented students experiencing financial hardship, many of whom simply wouldn't be able to accept their place at the College without their generous support. Scholarships and awards are vital in ensuring a diverse, cross-cultural
environment where talents are brought together to learn with and from each other.
Current RCA scholarships and awards directed towards MA Painting include:
- Ali H Alkazzi Scholarship
- Basil Alkazzi Scholarship
- Chelsea Arts Club Trust Zsuzsi Roboz Award
- Leverhulme Arts Scholarship
- Clore Bezalel Scholarship
- Valerie Beston Prize
- The Hine Prize
- Fribourg Philanthropies Painting Prize
- KEL Trust Scholarship
- The Paul Desty Scholarship
Our student population is still battling the ramifications of Covid-19 on their ability to continue their studies, if you would like to discuss how you could support students at the RCA please contact our scholarships team on email@example.com.
Image credit: Bethany Hadfield, Violent contradiction, 210 cm x 190 cm
Oil and acrylic on linen, 2022