International Residencies

The Don Bachardy Fellowship
The Don Bachardy Fellowship at the Royal Drawing School invites a gifted and dedicated post-graduate artist from outside the United Kingdom to study at the Royal Drawing School for 3 months and to experience the cultural life of London. The fellowship is named after the Californian portrait painter, Don Bachardy (b. 1934), who studied at the Slade in 1961, had his first show at the Redfern Gallery in Mayfair that year, and has gone on to draw and paint over 10,000 portraits from life. 

The Don Bachardy Fellowship is sponsored by The Christopher Isherwood Foundation, Preference may be given to applicants from the US under the age of forty. 

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Art School partnerships
In 2014 the Royal Drawing School began building partnerships with some of the United States’ most renowned art schools. Together, we are developing residencies, workshops and exchange programmes to benefit art students on both sides of the Atlantic for whom drawing is central to their work.  

Currently, our partner art schools are: 

The New York Academy of Art

The New York Studio School

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

The Yale University School of Art

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

University of Notre Dame

Residencies for US artists at Dumfries House
Fully funded four week residencies at Dumfries House, in the South West of Scotland, are available for American artists who are connected to our partner art schools. Students are given a private studio and self-catering accommodation on the Dumfries House estate. 

The residency is delivered by the Royal Drawing School, Glasgow School of Art and Dumfries House in conjunction with the School's international partners above. Find out more about our residencies for artists in the US and UK.

Life in the Woods

Residencies for UK artists in the US
Selected alumni of the Royal Drawing School’s ‘Drawing Year’ are awarded three-month residencies in the US at The Arts Students League of New York, and El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA) in California. Thanks to the generosity of the League, and Brian and Eva Sweeney at ESMoA, these opportunities are also fully funded. 

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Rosie Vohra ESMOA residency

Expanding our US programme
We are eager to develop these and other opportunities for emerging artists, at a very low cost to both the individuals and institutions. To do so we are reliant on donors from the UK and US who see the benefit of cross-cultural associations. 

Find out how you can support our work in the US

For further information on all of our US initiatives, please contact The Royal Drawing School’s Development Office.