The Rome Scholarship (RBA)

A prestigious scholarship awarded to a young or newly graduated artist, which will offer an enriching learning experience as well as improving their profile as an emerging artist

The Royal Society of British Artists is able to offer this major scholarship as a result of a generous bequest from the late Mr. G H Benn in memory of his late wife Marianne Von Werther, a former member of the RBA. The prize is presented with a view to offer an enriching learning experience for a young emerging artist as well as augmenting their professional profile.

The Award offers:

  • Four weeks at Sala Uno, a highly prestigious gallery and international arts centre in the heart of Rome
  • Accommodation is in a self-contained apartment, situated within a wonderful and extensive walled garden in the grounds of the gallery
  • Studio space will be available within the gallery
  • Half-board. Breakfast and evening meal, is provided at a nearby restaurant
  • Return flights to Rome are paid for

Conditions for entry:

  • Dates for 2019 to be announced
  • The applicants' work needs to be figurative
  • The artists may be painters, printmakers or sculptors
  • The applicants need to be aged up to 35 years
  • Six images of recent work to be provided together with a completed application form

Process for selection:

  • 20 artists will be chosen as semi-finalists from the entire entry
  • The semi-finalists will be invited to show some of their work at the “RBA RISING STARS” exhibition. This will take place this year at the Framers Gallery in central London and is sponsored by the gallery and by Renaissance London
  • From these, a shortlist of 3 finalists will then be invited to an interview at Mall Galleries, in central London. These finalists will all have one work on show (and on sale) at the RBA Annual Exhibition in July and the winning candidate will be announced by the President of the RBA at the Private View


  • Semi-finalists are responsible for the delivery and collection of their own works

  • It is suggested that large scale works be accompanied by smaller works as, if the artist is chosen as a semi-finalist or finalist, exhibition space will be limited and this will influence selection
  • It may be helpful for the 3 finalists to bring with them for interview any sketchbooks or journals which show their exploration of techniques or development of their ideas

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