Each year one recent alumni of the Royal Drawing School’s Drawing Year postgraduate programme is awarded a three-month residency in the US at El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA) in California. Thanks to the generosity of Brian and Eva Sweeney at ESMoA, and our US supporters, this opportunity is fully funded. The aim of the residency is to support emerging artists.

The ESMoA Artists residency is open to Royal Drawing School Drawing Year Alumni who have graduated from the Drawing Year in the last five years only and runs for three months from the 1 June – 31 August 2017.

ESMoA is an art lab that exhibits art works from diverse times and places. They present three thematic exhibitions or Experiences a year. To accompany each Experience, ESMoA provides a range of free educational programming for families, teens, adults, and school-age visitors. Additionally, ESMoA offers a full live/work studio and hosts three to four international artists a year. Artist in Residence (AiR) participants live in the space and have the opportunity to collaborate with ESMoA staff and the El Segundo community on innovative artistic projects and programs.

The ESMOA Residency offers:

  • Three months working at ESMoA in Los Angeles
  • Time and Space for research, experimentation and a sustained period of working
  • Opportunity to teach workshops
  • Working within an international art community
  • Fully funded residency (travel and accommodation)
  • Artists networking opportunities

Each artist is provided with a private bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette. There is also access to a roof deck which all artists are welcome to use for cooking and relaxing.

Further details can be found on the ESMoA website.

Applications for Summer 2017 will open on 6 February 2017, please apply through the online application form. Deadline for applications is 5pm Sunday 5 March 2017. Please note you will need to submit one sketchbook as part of your application to Royal Drawing School, Charlotte Road, London by the 24 March 2017 addressing it FAO/Michelle Cioccoloni. Submitted applications will be assessed by a Jury of six distinguished artists, curators and art collectors in April 2017. Please also note that the residency dates of the 1 June – 31 August 2017 cannot be changed.