RSA Barns-Graham Travel Award: Deadline 26 March 2023

  • About

    Richard Goldsworthy, Palace Walls


    The RSA Barns-Graham Travel Award (£2,000) provides a travel and research opportunity for graduating and postgraduate students. Funded by the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust and administered by the Royal Scottish Academy, the award consists of:


    • A monetary award of £2,000 to fund a period of travel outside the UK for the research and development of a new body of work
    • An exhibition of selected completed work at the Royal Scottish Academy in 2024/25
    • The donation of work into the prestigious RSA Permanent Collections, 'A Recognised Collection of National Significance to Scotland'.
  • Eligibility

    Paige Silverman, Vogel’s Nest, steel and black paint


    • Entrants must be painters, printmakers or sculptors.
    • Entrants must either be undergraduates graduating in summer 2023 or currently studying at postgraduate level at one of the following Scottish art schools: Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, Duncan of Jordanstone Collage of Art, Dundee, Edinburgh College of Art, Glasgow School of Art, and University of the Highlands & Islands.


    How to apply

    • This award is part of the RSA Student Travel Awards, which also includes the RSA David Michie Travel Award and the RSA Blackadder Houston Travel Awards. Application for all of these awards is made through one online application form via Submittable
    • Applicants are required to select which of the RSA Student Travel Awards they wish to be considered for, taking into account the eligibility and entry requirements for each award, and then indicate an order of preference. It is acceptable to apply for all three awards and also for the separate RSA John Kinross Scholarship if eligible.
    • Please read the guidelines on Submittable in full before applying. 
    • Deadline for completing applications is 26 March 2023, 23:59.


    Click here to apply


  • Previous winners

    Guendalina Rota and Charlotte Maishman, Intimate Immensity, 2021, porcelain gestures on steel, with projection mapped light animation 

    Previous winners

    • Guendalina Rota and Charlotte Maishman 2022
    • Paige Silverman 2021
    • Natasha Jensen 2020
    • Richard Goldsworthy 2019
    • Shipei Wang 2018
    • Mina Heydari-Waite 2016
    • Tim Sandys 2015
    • Alice Hoskins 2014
    • Gabriele Jogelaite 2013
    • Madeline Mackay 2012
    • Aleksandra Zawada 2011
    • Geri Loup Nolan 2010
    • Martin Hill 2009
    • Gemma Saville 2008
    • Mair Hughes 2007
    • Margaret Bathgate 2006
  • About Wilhelmina Barns-Graham CBE HRSA

    Aleksandra Zawada, YUE III (Minjun)

    About Wilhelmina Barns-Graham CBE HRSA

    Wilhelmina Barns-Graham HRSA was born in 1912 in St Andrews, Fife. After attending Edinburgh College of Art (1932-37) she moved to St. Ives in 1940, quickly becoming part of the group which included Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth. She was a founder member of the Penwith Society. She travelled regularly over the next 20 years – Switzerland, Italy, Paris, and Spain. With the exception of a short teaching term at Leeds School of Art (1956 – 57) and three years in London (1960 – 63) she lived and worked in St Ives with regular stays in St Andrews where, in 1992, she received an Honorary Doctorate from the University. In 1999 she was elected an honorary member of the Royal Scottish Academy and The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW); she also received Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter and in 2001 she was awarded CBE. Her paintings can be found in public collections throughout the UK including the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Arts Council of Great Britain, British Museum, the Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Leeds and Manchester City Art Galleries.


    For further information visit The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust website.


    Banner image: Shipei Wang, I hear of nothing but a high-pitched screaming silence (detail), acrylic