The Royal Drawing School in the United States
The Royal Drawing School collaborates with arts organisations in the United States that share our mission to teach and promote the practice of observational drawing.
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, www.IsherwoodFoundation.org. Preference may be given to applicants from the US under the age of forty. To find out more details about the residency click here.
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:
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. To find out more about our residencies for artists in the US and UK please click here.
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.
Drawing in Museums and Galleries
In January 2015, the Royal Drawing School will start an initiative with the Morgan Library and Museum using their drawing exhibition programme as a point of departure for intensive full-day postgraduate classes with students from our partner art schools.
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.
For further information on all of our US initiatives, please contact The Royal Drawing School’s Director of Development, Willa Beckett:
(+44) 207 613 8570
The Drawing Year led to opportunities and experiences that would otherwise have been inconceivable.Chris Green