Rosetta Arts open call for artists to participate in Arts Accelerator Programme, supported by Foundation for Future London

Rosetta Arts has been awarded a Foundations grant towards Stage 1 of the three-year Arts Accelerator Programme – a professional development and training opportunity for socially engaged practitioners from Newham and neighbouring Olympic boroughs.

Rosetta Arts is a leading community arts organisations based in Newham, committed to socially engaged cultural development for local people.

In partnership with Get Living, Rosetta Arts is offering 16 artists access to bursaries, mentoring and networks to strengthen their work within specific communities across East London.

The Arts Accelerator programme will include:

  • Studio space in Rosetta Arts for 12 months
  • Access to Rosetta Arts team as advisors
  • Mentoring sessions with a selected professional
  • Masterclasses on topics related to shared needs of selected practitioners
  • Bursaries up to £1800, to cover materials, travel and tech support
  • Commission to work in a local community, designing and delivering two activities in the community, coached and mentored by Rosetta Arts practitioners
  • Access to Rosetta Arts networks.

Bursaries will open opportunities for talented diverse artists who would otherwise not have the chance to fulfil their potential. Recognising that there are real barriers in access to networks for artists from diverse backgrounds, the programme specifically aims to provide recipients with resources and guidance to increase their professional connections, personal development and local impact. This is an opportunity to cultivate local talent to become future leaders in delivering socially engaged creative work across communities.

With support from the Foundation grant, Stage 1 will see the first four practitioners through the programme, and the development of an Action Research Learning model. Each artist will be allocated to a specific community and supported to identify and address real issues and specific needs.

The learning from Stage 1 will help shape work with the next 12 practitioners and create a sustainable model for future work. In three years’ time, the programme aims to establish a self-sustaining resource for communities across Newham and the Olympic boroughs as the impact of the work is seen and valued.

Zoe Hardie, Deputy CEO, Rosetta Arts says: “We are delighted to receive this funding from Foundation for FutureLondon to help take local artists to the next level of their socially engaged practices. We look forward to the Accelerator pushing East London’s emerging artists to take the next step in their creative careers.”

Rosetta Arts is a visual arts facility based in Newham. Their work engages with local communities to access to the rich and transformative benefits of the arts and education and support artists at different stages of their artistic development. In 2018, Rosetta Arts were awarded Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation status.

The deadline for applications to the Arts Accelerator Programme is Friday 15 May 2020, 10am.

To apply, visit their website:

Follow Rosetta Arts  @rosettaarts and stay on top of the hashtag #artistaccelerator


Foundations Programme

Foundations Programme is a pilot creative placemaking programme aimed at listening and developing people and place-led activity in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest, co-funded by City of London. The programme aims to build relationships with community hubs and organisations and lay a strong foundation for future grant making programmes and opportunities. Local project activity we support includes local programming, youth and professional development opportunities, internships, creative learning workshops, commissions, artist open calls, arts and community grants, and networking.

About Rosetta Arts

Rosetta Arts is proud to be a dynamic and diverse organisation, delivering exciting, innovative and creative courses, workshops and experiences for people in east London. We reach out to those who otherwise have little access to the rich and transformative benefits of the arts and education.

At the heart of our programming there is something for all ages and stages of a person’s creative learning and development. Working across gender, disability, age and income, we respond to poverty and inequality by acting as a catalyst for creative talent.

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