We started our partnership with the Royal Drawing School in 2023. Our scholarship supports London Living Grants for students.


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The Royal Drawing School (RDS) is a specialist provider of observational drawing tuition, established in 2000 by the former Prince of Wales, now his Majesty King Charles III, and Catherine Goodman CBE, artist and educator. Based in Shoreditch, London, the School is one of the very few institutions in the world to offer in-depth practical study in drawing from observation and was granted royal status in 2014 in acknowledgement of its academic and artistic prowess.

The School’s post-graduate, master’s level course, the Drawing Year, offers up to 30 early career artists the opportunity to hone and mature their mark-making skills through observational drawing, full-time over 15 months. All places are offered on a full scholarship and students receive specialist tuition, tutorials, forums, lectures and study trips, as well as the use of a studio space for the duration of the programme. Further support is available to those students who can demonstrate the need for additional financial assistance.

The South Square Trust is supporting the Royal Drawing School through the London Living Grant scheme, providing funds for one-off, means-tested grants to help eligible Drawing Year students with costs associated with taking up their places on the course, including upfront rental deposits and relocation costs.

Bishopsland Educational Trust

The Drawing Year scholarship model aims to relieve the financial pressure associated with studying at postgraduate level, but we still recognise that the cost of living in London is exceptionally high, more so now than ever. The recently introduced London Living Grant is designed to support new students and help them get established in London before the course begins. The LLG is particularly aimed towards those who are moving to London for the first time to study with us and demonstrating financial need. This important piece of funding has already had a significant effect on our new cohort, reducing the number of students living in temporary accommodation and giving recipients the peace of mind and security to fully focus upon starting their education with us.

Fraser Scarfe, Head of the Drawing Year

Royal Drawing School

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Miriam Hanid
Ryan McClean, Silversmith
Karen Westland, Silversmith
Miriam Hanid