Key dates

7 June – Applications open
15 July – Applications close at midnight
16 July – Awards announced *

* every participating artist must register on the WAOH website

Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 October 2019

Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 October 2019


Wandsworth Artists’ Open House & Royal College of Art: Bursary opportunity for 16-25 year old artists

Wandsworth Artists’ Open House are teaming up with the Royal College of Art (RCA) again to offer five bursaries to young artists and makers aged 16 to 25 who want to take part in the event in October 2019.

Recipients of the bursaries will receive:

  • Free registration to WAOH (RCA will pay the fee of £75 per artist)
  • A mentoring session with a Royal College of Art staff or student in their chosen discipline (e.g. Painting, Photography)
  • All five bursars will exhibit together in the RCA’s Dyson Gallery in Battersea, over the WAOH weekends (5 & 6, 12 & 13 October 2019)


To be eligible for a bursary, you must:

  • be aged between 16–25 on 1 October 2019
  • currently live, work or study in the London Borough of Wandsworth
  • have at least five pieces of existing artwork that you can exhibit (any medium)
  • be available over all WAOH weekend dates (5 & 6, 12 & 13 October 2019)
  • Not have taken part in Wandsworth Artists’ Open House before
  • The bursaries are not open to RCA students or alumni

How to apply

Please complete the application form and return it to BOTH Project Managers with the subject WAOH RCA Bursary to:

Lelia Greci from Enable Leisure and Culture on

Hannah Lambert from the Royal College of Art on

Alternatively, feel free to send us a video describing:

  • Your name, age and a few words about yourself
  • Where you live, work or study in the London Borough of Wandsworth
  • About your practice: what do you make and how
  • About the mentoring opportunity: what specific area of your practice you would like support with
  • A high resolution image of recent work

Key dates

7 June – Applications open
15 July – Applications close at midnight
16 July – Awards announced *
5-6 and 12-13 Oct – Wandsworth Artists’ Open House

* every participating artist must register on the WAOH website

If you are keen to share your work with the local community, benefit from tailored support and advice, and be part of a well established arts event, get in touch now!

About Wandsworth Artists’ Open House

Wandsworth Artists’ Open House (WAOH) is an initiative led by Wandsworth Council in partnership with Enable Leisure and Culture. It’s a convenient and affordable annual exhibition opportunity for all creative makers in Wandsworth to show and sell work from their home or studio. It’s also a chance for everyday art lovers to take a rare glimpse at the hidden creative talent behind the front doors in their neighbourhood.

The event is run in close collaboration and partnership with the artists taking part. Wandsworth Arts Team produce a wide range of marketing materials and marketing support, and equally, participating artists are expected to make their own marketing efforts to encourage visitors to their event (and also let visitors know about other Open Houses in their area). Full details on these responsibilities can be found in the Marketing Toolkit here. For a full explanation of the role and responsibilities of Wandsworth Arts Team and of participating artists, see here.

More information can be found on (new website to go live on 14 June).

About the Royal College of Art

The Royal College of Art, the internationally renowned art and design university, provides students with unrivalled opportunities to deliver art and design projects that transform the world. A small, specialist and research-intensive postgraduate university based in the heart of London, the RCA is a high performing institution, a radical traditionalist in a fast paced world. The RCA’s approach is founded on the premise that art, design creative thinking, science, engineering and technology must all collaborate to solve today’s global challenges.

The University employs around 1000 professionals from around the world – professors, researchers, art and design practitioners, advisers and visiting lecturers – to teach and develop students in 30 academic programmes. RCA students are exposed to new knowledge in a way that encourages them to experiment. Working across scientific and technical canvases and beyond set boundaries, RCA students seek to solve real-world problems.

The RCA runs joint courses with Imperial College London and the Victoria & Albert Museum. InnovationRCA, the university’s centre for enterprise, entrepreneurship, incubation and business support, has helped over 50 RCA business ideas become a reality that has led to the creation of over 600 UK jobs.

Alumni include David Adjaye, Christopher Bailey, Monster Chetwynd, David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Thomas Heatherwick, Lubaina Himid, Clare Waight Keller and Rose Wylie.

The RCA was named the world’s leading university of art and design in the QS World Rankings 2019 for the fifth consecutive year.