New Partnership with Culture+Conflict

New MA Fine Art Scholarship Opportunity for an early career Afghan Artist

A Partnership between Caspian Arts Foundation and Culture+Conflict

A new partnership has been established between Caspian Arts Foundation and Culture+Conflict to provide a unique opportunity for an Afghan artist to study for a postgraduate degree in Fine Art at University of the Arts London. Funded by the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, the scholarship will cover the student’s fees and a contribution towards living expenses for the next academic year, beginning in September 2015.

This scholarship will enable an Afghan artist to benefit from an exceptional teaching programme at this leading art school, situated in central London. There is easy access to the city’s galleries, museums and libraries, with the opportunity to attend the many talks and events that take place in London; and to meet other artists. This amounts to a remarkable opportunity for the selected student who will join creative individuals from all over the world.

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).

To download the scholarship application form, click here

About the partners


Culture+Conflict is a not-for-profit agency focusing on art produced in, or in response to, conflict and post-conflict situations across the world. Culture+Conflict aims to increase support for artists, to build greater understanding of the value the arts bring, and to foster the exchange of knowledge and perspectives with other sectors also engaged in conflict and post-conflict work: the political and diplomatic community, NGOs, international development agencies, academia, the media, and the many peace-building initiatives worldwide. Culture+Conflict believes that the arts have a vital role to play, not least in their unique ability to communicate powerful personal and political issues with respect to conflict.


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.