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Royal College of Art Supports Local Talent at Wandsworth Artists’ Open House

This year, for the second time, the Royal College of Art (RCA), has teamed up with Wandsworth Artists’ Open House (WAOH) to offer bursaries to five young artists aged 16-25. The five winners will be supported through a joint exhibition at the RCA’s Dyson Gallery from 6 – 13 October to coincide WAOH and will provide them with an invaluable mentoring session at the RCA.

These five emerging artists work across a broad range of media, including drawing, sculpture, painting, textiles, print and video. They explore relevant debates such as identity and social issues with creative energy. As the next wave of artists, the RCA is dedicated to nurturing talent and creating opportunities for future generations.

The winning artists’ work will be showcased at a joint exhibition at the RCA’s Dyson Gallery from Saturday 5 October – Sunday 13 October. 

Wandsworth Artists’ Open House at the RCA
5 – 13 October 2019
Dyson Gallery, 1 Hester Rd, Battersea, London SW11 4AN

The winners are: 

Kelly Mosquera
Kelly grew up in Wandsworth and has just completed a degree in Fine Art at the University of Kingston. Her practice primarily focuses on drawing although she also works with sculpture, film and digital. Her drawing examines intimacy, materiality and contains strong contextual references, with her most recent project being about the language of music featuring studies of Jermaine Cole, Jhene Aiko and Tupac Amaru Shakur.  

Salma Nassef
Salma is 18 and has recently finished her sixth form studies at Burntwood School in Wandsworth. She describes herself as a mixed media artist and primarily uses watercolour paint on fabric and combines it with embroidery. She takes photos and enjoys working with clear resin and making plaster casts. Salma will be exhibiting an eclectic mix of artwork during WAOH including a music video and textiles. 

Anna Woodward
Anna lives in Putney and is currently studying at City and Guilds London Art School. Her practice explores the topic of transcribing Greek mythological classical paintings. She’s inspired by the Greek myths’ richness in detail and extravagences. Anna is interested in breaking down formal qualities through the use of colour blocking in watercolour to help the images become abstracted. Anna has recently set up a gallery space in Putney called Artisan Space. 

Pietra Galli
Pietra is a multimedia artist who has based in Wandsworth for almost five years. She graduated from Chelsea College of Arts with a BA in Fine Art in 2018 and her practice covers moving image, photography, critical writing, ceramics and book making. Focusing on a visual and sensorial language, Pietra creates narratives inspired by memories, dreams and personal experience. Her work reuses objects she finds on the streets and also works with organic materials like clay to bring them back to life in a new context. Pietra will be showcasing a set of four ceramic pieces at the WAOH exhibition, each has a speaker inside emitting their own voice. She is also part of the artist collective Island Gravity.  

Sam Cottington
Sam grew up in Wandsworth and studied at Goldsmiths, University of London. His practice involves contextualising visual and archival research in relationship to histories of collage and assemblage. Sam collages across different mediums and techniques to explore the complex and critical moods of queer past and present and imagine alternative ways of living. He has a growing archive of collected images and video that explore touch, sensation, nostalgia, longing, moments of contact and communion. 


For further information or images please contact Bethany Bull, RCA Press Office t: +44 (0) 20 7590 4114, e: [email protected]  / [email protected]

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Notes to Editors

About the RCA

The Royal College of Art, the internationally renowned art and design university, provides students with unrivalled opportunities to deliver art and design projects that transform the world.

A small, specialist and research-intensive postgraduate university based in the heart of London, the RCA is a high performing institution, a radical traditionalist in a fast paced world.

The RCA's approach is founded on the premise that art, design creative thinking, science, engineering and technology must all collaborate to solve today's global challenges.

The University employs around 1000 professionals from around the world – professors, researchers, art and design practitioners, advisers and visiting lecturers – to teach and develop students in 30 academic programmes.

RCA students are exposed to new knowledge in a way that encourages them to experiment. Working across scientific and technical canvases and beyond set boundaries, RCA students seek to solve real-world problems.

The RCA runs joint courses with Imperial College London and the Victoria & Albert Museum. InnovationRCA, the university's centre for enterprise, entrepreneurship, incubation and business support, has helped over 50 RCA business ideas become a reality that has led to the creation of over 600 UK jobs. 

The RCA recently launched GenerationRCA which will propel the University’s radical new academic vision by focusing on three key pillars: ‘Place, Projects and People’. This programme will see the RCA transform its campuses and the ways in which the university teaches, researches and creates. It includes the construction of the Herzog & de Meuron-design flagship building in Battersea and introduction of future programmes centres on nano and soft robotics, computer science and machine learning, materials science and the circular economy. 

Alumni include David Adjaye, Christopher Bailey, David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Thomas Heatherwick, Lubaina Himid, Clare Waight Keller and Rose Wylie.