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ROSL International Residency

ROSL’s partnership with The Art House, Wakefield (TAH) provides two residency opportunities each year for artists living and working in a Commonwealth (or former Commonwealth) country, the USA, EU and EEA countries or Switzerland who have not yet exhibited or worked in the UK.

The two-month residency is fully funded and focuses on networking and creative development with opportunities for artists to share their work with an international audience. We support networking opportunities for artists, while providing time and space to develop creatively in a calm, productive and connected environment.

The 2024 residency is now closed. Please follow ROSL Arts on Instagram for announcements and updates on the  International Residency Programme.


For Applicants

About the Programme

ROSL and The Art House are seeking proposals from artists who would like to take up a two-month supported residency at TAH’s purpose-built accessible studios in Wakefield. The opportunity is to help develop the practice of artists living and working internationally who have not yet worked or exhibited in the UK.

The successful artist/s is not required to make an object or exhibition, but they will receive curatorial and technical advice if required. We are keen to support two artists, staying with us at the same time.

The Residency Offers:

Fully covered travel costs.
Fully covered visa costs.
Living costs covered with a per diem.
Free studio space and accommodation at The Art House.
Free access to a fully equipped Print Studio, with screen print, etching and laser cutter | Free access to a fully equipped Ceramic Studio | Free access to a fully equipped Darkroom – each includes the support of an onsite technician.
An opportunity to discuss showing either, an existing, or a new body of work created during the residency, or work in progress at TAH as part of an Open Studio, or potentially elsewhere at TAH.
Material and UK travel budget.

Artists are encouraged to keep a residency blog/or help share activities on social media and take part in a film to document the residency.
Coaching and mentoring are available through 1-2-1 sessions with our Programme team to support artists to develop their critical understanding of their artistic practice, marketing, and developing audiences for their work (we will look at artists’ support needs at the start of the residency and put together a package of support).

A supported and funded visit to ROSL London, up to a week’s stay in central London, and the opportunity to see the art scene of the capital over Frieze Art Fair week.

Proposals & Shortlisting

Proposals are welcomed from artists working in all types of contemporary visual art practice, including photography, new media, fine art, artists’ moving image, sculpture, live art, crafts, design, architecture, site-specific, socially engaged and interdisciplinary practices.

ROSL and TAH are committed to developing and supporting contemporary art practice and critical debate around it.

We are accepting proposals from artists at all stages of their development and are particularly interested in artists who want to experiment, innovate and extend their practice.

Shortlisted artists will engage in an initial online conversation with ROSL and TAH Programme Team to explore their aspirations for this residency, and what other support may be needed and available. Both organisations are happy to discuss flexibility if any aspect of the offer needs adapting to suit your needs.

Points to Consider

Helpful prompts/points to consider when applying:

A simple outline, telling us what you would like to achieve through this programme, artistically and in terms of your development as an artist.
A statement describing your practice.
A selection of images relating to the proposal, such as previous/proposed artwork ideas (please include these within your 5-page PDF if you are applying with written text).
A brief statement about your Commonwealth (or former Commonwealth), USA, EU, EEA or Switzerland connection.
Information on any barriers you have faced, past or present, to achieving your creative aspirations – gaps or barriers in your practice / CV will not affect your application
Contact information and links to website/ and social and your CV.

Your privacy and trust are important to us.
We will comply with data law, and your personal data will not be shared with anyone, and will only be used by the TAH and ROSL selection team to shortlist the proposals.


We want to make sure that our opportunities are accessible for everyone. All artists are actively encouraged to apply and if any aspect of the application process is unsuitable then please contact amelia@the-arthouse.org

Applications are also welcomed from artists who are seeking to adapt their practice or return to making work after a period away, including to care for others.

This information is available large print and audio versions by clicking the link on the image at the top of this page. The Art House is based in Wakefield and is a uniquely accessible facility for exhibitions, studios, workshops and residencies. The residency may also accommodate support workers or helpers where necessary.

Further information is available on The Art House website the-arthouse.org.uk


2023 Kim Karabo Makin (Botswana), Qaidi805 (India)

2022 Madhu Das (India); Samuel Nnorom (Nigeria)

2019 Cole Ndelu (South Africa); Dimple B. Shah (India)

2018 Joey Chin (Singapore); Buhle Wonder Mbambo (South Africa)

2017 Madiha Aijaz (Pakistan), Liverpool Biennial; Stephanie Hier (Canada), David Dale Gallery, Glasgow

2016 Tahi Moore (New Zealand), The Grundy, Blackpool; Jessica Yu (Australia), Rhubaba, Edinburgh; Bogosi Sekhukhuni (South Africa), Auto Italia, London

2015 Bianca Baldi (South Africa), AV Festival, NE England; Dineo Bopape (South Africa), Collective, Edinburgh; Tamara Henderson (Canada), Glasgow International Festival, Glasgow

2014 Julie Favreau (Canada), Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh; Song Ming Ang (Singapore), Camden Art Centre, London; Manish Nai (India), Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee

2013 Mehreen Murtaza (Pakistan), Generator, Dundee; Lerato Shadi (South Africa), Iniva, London; Adele Todd (Trinidad & Tobago), Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow

2012 Leilah Babirye (Uganda), Jordy Hamilton (Canada), Meor Safulah Lulead (Malaysia), Rob Tucker (New Zealand)

2011 Prathap Modi (India), Nick Olsen (Australia), Holly Parotti (Bahamas), Sunil Sigdil (Nepal)

2010 Jaime Lee Loy (Trinidad & Tobago), Zoe MacDonell (Australia), Shake Makelele (Kenya) April Phillips (Australia)

2009 Anikpe Ekene (Nigeria), Leo du Feu (UK) Chan Kok Hooi (Malaysia), Keegan Simon (Trinidad & Tobago), Todd Stratton (New Zealand)2008 Melanie Fitzmaurice (Australia), Michele Fletcher (Canada), Lilian Mary Nabulime (Uganda) Kazi Sahid (Bangladesh)

2007 Jacob Carter (UK), Joanne Langford (New Zealand), Lauren Porter (UK), Christina Papakyriakou (Cyprus), Jeremy Sharma (Singapore)

2006 Aimee Lax (UK), Joseph Matthew (India), Allyson Reynolds (Australia), Francois Simard (Canada), Paul Ryan (UK)

2005 Daisy Jackson (New Zealand), Ali Kazim (Pakistan), Ryan Mosley (UK), Justin Partyka (UK), Nicholas Twist (New Zealand)

2004 Jemima Burrill (UK), Sohan Ariel Hayes (Australia), Ally Masoud (Tanzania), Shanti Persaud (Jamaica), Thankamma Ratheesh (India)

2003 Matt Couper (New Zealand), Jason Hicks (New Zealand), Kwok Chen Lee (Hong Kong), Henry Majunga (Uganda), Ruth Uglow (UK)

2002 Sudath Abeysekera (Sri Lanka), Kwadwo Ani (Ghana), Deborah Bowness (UK), Christine Morrow (UK), Ebony Patterson (Jamaica)

2001 Joseph Cartoon (Kenya), Bella Easton (UK), Belinda Harrow (Canada); John Lai (Malaysia), Heather Straka (New Zealand)

2000 Matthew Burrows (UK), Fiona Couldridge (South Africa), Mzukisi Dyaloyi (South Africa), Sarkar Nahid Niazi (Bangladesh), Savanhdary Vongpoothorn (Australia)

1999 Pindaro Cabrera (Canada), Todd Narbey (New Zealand), Ming Wong (Singapore)