RCA mentoring scheme for emerging artists

Building on the successful RCA Bursary scheme offered by Wandsworth Council’s Arts Service and the Royal College of Art (RCA) as part of Wandsworth Artists’ Open House (WAOH) in 2018 & 2019, this year the RCA is excited to be teaming up again to offer mentoring support to three emerging artists and makers in Wandsworth aged 16 to 25.  Recipients will have the opportunity to receive tailored mentoring and support from RCA staff and students to create a digital exhibit of their work as part of the Wandsworth Art platform.

If you are keen to share your work with the local community, benefit from tailored support and advice, and develop your practice, please submit your details using this application form by midnight on Sunday 11 October 2020.

Applicants can alternately submit a short video recording of their answers to the application form using this video upload link.

Please email [email protected] with any questions about submitting an application.

Mentees will have access to: 

  • One-on-one mentoring support from the Royal College of Art’s staff or students in your chosen discipline
  • Guidance and technical support for adapting your work online and creating a digital exhibit of your work
  • An online event to celebrate the digital exhibits and showcase the work of all mentees

Please note that given the current restrictions imposed by Covid-19 mentoring support will most likely be delivered remotely rather than in person.


To be eligible to apply you must:

  • be aged between 16–25
  • currently live, work or study in the London Borough of Wandsworth
  • have at least 5 pieces of existing artwork that you would like to exhibit digitally
  • add your details to Wandsworth Art profiles
  • be available for the key project dates outlined below
  • participate in reflection and 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: 

  • 14 Sept: Applications open
  • 30 Sept: Register your profile on Wandsworth Art
  • 3 October:  RCA x Wandsworth Art takeover including tips and insights from RCA students and graduates on adapting, innovating and re-imagining during Covid-19
  • 11 October: Submit your application
  • 16 October: Mentoring recipients announced
  • October – November: Mentors to be matched and sessions to be arranged between mentors and mentees
  • December: Launch of digital exhibits
  • December: Evaluation and feedback

How to apply: 

To express your interest, please complete an application using wither the written or video application form at the link below.  You can upload a short video addressing the questions in the application using the video upload form below.

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Get in touch:  

If you have any questions please get in touch with Victoria Patrick, Community Engagement Manager (maternity cover) from the Royal College of Art on [email protected].

More information about the Royal College of Art can be found on Wandsworth Art and the RCA website.


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