RCA BLK Residencies 


The Royal College of Art Association of Black Students, Alumni & Friends, or RCA BLK, started as a grassroots organisation and community group in 2020.  The association aims to promote, improve and advance education by encouraging and supporting the practice of contemporary visual artists who identify as Black within the RCA’s wider community. They do so by fostering relationships with pre-enrolled students, current students as well as alumni. RCA BLK makes its impact on students' experience from the African diaspora and builds upon the rich legacies of the RCA student body. 

RCABLK is the initiator of the the RCA BLK x Yinka Shonibare Residency, among other such initiatives.  Piloting in 2024 with two spring residencies, they aim to continue to support artists to undertake residencies in Nigeria in the long term. 

Remi Kuforiji

United Kingdom | Mar 2024


Remi Kuforiji (London, 1997) is an architect, spatial practitioner and researcher whose creative practice explores the intersection of performance, cartography and racial politics. Developing systems of critique that challenge territorial distinctions and neocolonial policies of resource extractivism, Remi's work focuses on wetland ecosystems, indigenous knowledge and ethnographic methodologies as modes of spatial practice. 


Graeme Smith 

United Kingdom | Mar 2024


Graeme is an artist and draftsman of Jamaican-British descent born in Treaty 1 Canadian territory. He is an RCA alumnus interested in craft as a fugitive and subjugated knowledge. He explores process, transposition, and spatial poetics working primarily with ceramics and glass. 


He will continue a study of Nigerian glass beads during his residency at Guest Artists Space Foundation. The small, historically ubiquitous, idiosyncratic glass crafts with complex origins and manifold journeys traded and moved between Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. 


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