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MA Fine Art Scholarship for an early career Afghan Artist

The scholarship is now closed. We hope to re-open the scholarship programme in early 2018.

The current scholarship holder is Afghan artist orna Kazimi. See the C+C Opinion page for an interview with her. The scholarship is fully funded by the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation.

‘We are delighted that with the generous support of the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation we are able to offer an opportunity that will benefit both the selected artist and the student community here. We look forward to welcoming the successful applicant to London in the autumn. Our thanks also go to the University of the Arts London for their partnership.’ – Nina Mahdavi (Caspian Arts), Jemima Montagu and Michaela Crimmin (Culture+Conflict)


Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation

background information

Press Release:

Press Release 29.1.2016

Application Guidance Notes 16/17:

The Caspian Arts Foundation Scholarship (Afghanistan) Guidance Notes 1617 FINAL

about our partners

Caspian Arts Foundation

Caspian Arts Foundation was established in 2011 by its founder Nina Mahdavi. The main intention is focused on supporting Education in the Creative Sector in the Middle East through awarding scholarships to young talents within the region to further their degrees in Visual Art, as well as raising awareness around the need for Universities and Schools within the region to increase the availability their students have to art & humanities as a form of education.

The Foundation also supports platforms that advance knowledge in the Arts and Education to a wider audience through both public and educational programmes, in London as well as the Middle East.

University of the Arts London

Operating at the heart of the world’s creative capital, University of the Arts London is a vibrant international centre for innovative teaching and research in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. The University’s unique creative community is made up of six distinctive and distinguished Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts. Renowned names in the cultural and creative sectors produced by the University include 12 Turner prize winners and over half of all nominees, 10 out of 17 fashion designers named British Designer of the Year, more than half of the designers showcased in London Fashion Week, 12 out of 30 winners of the Jerwood Photography Award and seven winners of the Prince Philip Designers Prize.

Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation

The Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, based in Switzerland, was established with the vision of improving the quality of people’s lives and building mutual cultural understanding through supporting the performing and visual arts and assisting individuals affected by conflict and violence.

The Foundation also supports scientific research, particularly in the areas of health and well-being and providing access to vocational training and education.