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RCA supports Black British & POC Artist Grants 2021

The Royal College of Art is a programme partner for the Black British & POC Artist Grants 2021, which are now open for applications. The scheme is offering 10 grants of £2,500 in support of Black British and POC artists. Applications are welcomed across disciplines, from sculpture, painting, literature, writing, photography, fashion, industrial design, furniture and film to VR and AR.

The grants are initiated and funded by Samuel Ross, A-COLD-WALL* & SR_A Founder, to support, identify and recognise exceptional talent. They are part of a wider, long-term initiative to integrate perspectives, contributions and creativity from the marginalised and often invisible communities that form Britain’s modern society. 

The scheme aims to support permanent change through talent recognition, academic integration, advocacy, institutional support, long-term partnerships and long-form dialogues with leadership institutions who recognise that optimised change comes through infrastructure and design thinking. The RCA is proud to be a partner alongside the Design Museum and the British Fashion Council. 

Dr Paul Thompson, RCA Vice-Chancellor commented: ‘The Royal College of Art is delighted to be working with Samuel Ross and fellow leaders from the art and design spheres on the Black British & People of Colour Artists Grants 2021. Initiatives such as this are crucial for supporting much underfunded fields, whose access needs to be opened up and protected. 

By partnering with leaders in their fields like Samuel, we are presented with a true moment to make a step-change in terms of the diversity of talent in the global creative industries, ensuring people from all backgrounds have access and opportunity.

Samuel’s unending talent in crossing the boundaries of art and design align closely with the Royal College and we look forward to working with this group, supporting black British and people of colour’s talents for generations to come.’


Find out more about the grants and how to apply.