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Visual arts at ROSL

Although the clubhouse has been closed for much of the year, that has not stopped us enjoying contemporary art in our historic architecture. ROSL ARTS has embraced technology and used a computer-generated model of Over-Seas House to present two new exhibitions that can be viewed and enjoyed online

As lockdown began in the UK, working with artists from the Royal Society of British Artists, ROSL presented ‘As they were and will be again’; an exhibition that reflects on the theme of community and the outdoors, to act as a positive reminder of what we enjoy.

More recently, ROSL launched ‘Women by Women’ with Liberty Gallery, an exhibition that was originally planned for the clubhouse but was adapted to work online. This latest exhibition welcomes the work of Marcelina Amelia, Rosie Emerson, Delphine Lebourgeois and Maria Rivans to our virtual Over-Seas House. The theme of the exhibition was inspired by the foresight of ROSL to welcome women as equal members of the club from its inception, while also supporting the arts in all its forms. ROSL is once again working with Liberty Gallery, an organisation that champions early career artists.

September will welcome an exhibition on the theme of Colour by members of the UK Printmakers Council. A reaction to the light we have seen in recent dark times and the rainbows created and displayed across the country in support of the NHS, the exhibition promises variety. United by the theme, but differing in subject and technique, we are looking forward to adding a splash of colour to the walls of Over-Seas House. The exhibition will be available to view from 17 September.

December will bring our third edition of our charity art exhibition and sale, Incognito. Read on to find out how you can get involved.

One positive lesson learned from lockdown is that creativity and culture can persist through anything, and that we are able to share art in new and exciting ways. We will continue to share and sell art online, as we have found members want to engage with ROSL wherever they arein the world.

Incognito returns
We are looking forward to the third edition of our charity art exhibition and sale, Incognito. Following the success of the 2016 and 2018 editions, which presented over 307 submissions and raised over £6,000, we have high hopes for this year’s exhibition. For our previous Incognito exhibitions, the buying focused on the big event of the Private View but for this year we are going to take the sales online, and we will share more details about the art and how to purchase it at closer to the opening on 15 December.

There is still time to get involved, we are inviting artists to create and donate artworks to be exhibited anonymously and sold on a first-come, first-served basis for £50 each. In the spirit of the exhibition, the artist’s name is only revealed after the artwork is purchased and all the money raised from each sale will go to support the work of the ROSL Trust (Charity No.306095), focusing on our work encouraging and enabling arts education around the globe. If you know any artists or would like to create and donate yourself, the artwork requirements are listed below:

  • Each artwork is to be on A6 card or paper (105 x 148mm, 4.1 x 5.8in).
  • Please do not sign the front of the work, the sale is anonymous.
  • On the reverse, please write your name and sign the work here, also include artwork title, media used and if you are able, please include any contact information (website, social media, email address) so the buyer may find out more about you.
  • There is no limit to the number of artworks that can be submitted.

Please post submissions to ROSL ARTS, Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1LR before November, ready for the December 2020 exhibition. Exhibition launches on Tuesday 15 December and is open until March 2021. Find out more at