Scholarship Announcement


For its third year running, Caspian Arts Foundation is delighted to announce its Visual Art Scholarship held at University of the Arts London. The life-changing award is given to a talented and visionary student currently living in the Middle East and North African region to continue with their education and development of their artistic practice through a full time post-graduate course in London.

The scholarship application officially opened on Thursday 8th May, 2014 with a closing date of Friday 6 June. In 2014, the MA Scholarship will focus solely on the visual arts and the participating colleges include Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion, Wimbledon College of Arts, London College of Communication and Chelsea College of Arts.

Karen Doyle, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at University of the Arts London recently stated:

“University of the Arts London is so grateful to the Caspian Arts Foundation for their continued support of our students. The scholarships awarded have already supported two extremely successful Middle Eastern students.
We are delighted to be working with the Caspian Arts Foundation to once again offer a world class artistic education to a talented student, who may have otherwise been unable to afford to study.”

Nina Mahdavi, the founder of Caspian Arts Foundation, commented on the scholarships as a focal point for supporting creative talents within the Middle East:

“I am delighted that we are able to give a further year of an incredible opportunity to support a young artist from the Middle East and North African region to further their education in the arts at a great establishment in London, surrounding themselves in a nurturing and creative environment which enables them to make the best of their time, values and ideas.

Supporting the region’s next generation of young talented and creative people is one of the most important and critical issues at this time and the success of the scholarships are the proof that educational support in the arts is becoming more appreciated and needed in the region …”.

Announcements of this year’s awardee will be made at the end of July through a joint statement between University of the Arts London and Caspian Arts Foundation.




About University of the Art London

University of the Arts London is Europe’s largest specialist arts and design university, with close to 19,000 students from more than 100 countries. Established in 2004, University of the Arts London is a vibrant world centre for innovation, drawing together six colleges with international reputations in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. Founded in the 19th and early 20th centuries, these colleges include Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion, and Wimbledon College of Arts.

The University’s graduates go on to shape the creative industries in the UK and beyond, having benefitted from unrivalled learning, teaching and research. Every position within the University, from academics to managerial and technical staff, plays an important part in creating an excellent environment in which to work and study.

About Caspian Arts Foundation

Caspian Arts Foundation was established in 2011 by its founder Nina Mahdavi. The main intention is focused around supporting education in the arts in the Middle East through scholarships in post-graduate studies at some of the colleges at University of the Arts London and contributions made to individuals and their education at other contemporary art establishments in London. Running alongside this, the foundation supports platforms that advance knowledge in the arts to a wider audience through both public and educational programmes, in London as well as in the Middle East.