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The RSA John Kinross Scholarships (£2500) are for final year and postgraduate artists and architects to spend a period of 6 to 12 weeks in Florence to research and develop their practice. Florence has been an inspiration to generations of artists and architects and this opportunity allows successful applicants to experience its magnificent history, study its art and architecture, learn the language and create a visual record of their experience.

Ten artists receive an initial payment of £2,300 for travel, accommodation and subsistence, as well as entrance to galleries and museums and any study visits to the surrounding areas with the remaining £200 awarded on the satisfactory completion of the scholarship. Artists are required to use this autonomy to their best advantage.


Fine Art
Applications are invited from students in their Honours or post-graduate years of study at one of the following art schools in Scotland (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Moray).

Applicants must be RIBA Part 2 students in their final year, or currently attending a Masters programme, at one of the six Scottish Schools of Architecture. Group work is not admissible.

About John Kinross RSA

Architect (1855 – 1931)
The John Kinross Memorial Fund was established in 1982 by Mr J.B Kinross CBE, HRSA, in memory of his father, Mr John Kinross, RSA, architect (1855-1931) to assist young artists and architects from the established centres in Scotland, within the departments of Architecture and Fine Art, to spend three months in Florence.

John Kinross began practice in Edinburgh on his own account in 1882, and in 1885 became architect to the third Marquess of Bute, largely as the result of Bute having read ‘Details from Italian Buildings Chiefly Renaissance’ which Kinross published after spending part of 1880 and 1881 in Northern Italy, with Florence as his base. This not only launched him on his career but proved to be a major influence throughout the whole of his life. John Kinross restored a number of historic buildings such as Falkland Palace in Fife, the Augustinian Priory in St Andrews, and the 15th century Franciscan Friary in Elgin (Grey Friars). He built many country houses and by the last decade of the 19th century he had become one of the leading domestic architects in Scotland. Manderston, near Duns in Berwickshire (now a designated house and open to the public) is probably his masterpiece. The Peel, Clovenford; Thurston, Innerwick; Carlkemp, North Berwick and Ardtornish in Argyllshire are other fine examples of his work. His ecclesiastical work included the restoration of the Carmelite Friary Church at South Queensferry and the new Churches for the Scottish Episcopal Church in Fraserburgh and Torry (Aberdeen).
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