Sponsorship Scheme

Black Lives Matter


In support of and in solidarity with the global Black Lives Matter movement, Carl Kostyál Gallery is launching an ongoing sponsorship scheme for black students wishing to pursue a career in the arts, whether their ambition is to be an artist, a curator, an art historian, an auctioneer, an advisor, a gallerist or to enter art production.⠀

The gallery will provide financial aid of up to $5000 per year (or equivalent in £ or €) towards the student’s studies, for a period of up to three years. The studies to be funded are not limited to undergraduate degrees; they can be shorter courses offering specific academic and/or technical training, to allow applications from candidates wanting to add to their existing qualifications.

In addition to the funding, each student will receive direct mentoring and support in any way the Gallery can provide, including paid work experience at the Gallery on specific projects, advice from experienced industry professionals, artist studio visits and introductions.

Applicants must be over 18 years of age before funding commences.

Application Process

Applications for 2021 will open on April 1, 2021

Due to the volume of applications, we will not be able to respond to every applicant individually. Please be assured that your application has been safely received.

Please contact us with the following information for the application: sponsorship@kostyal.com

  • Name
  • Nationality/Country of residence
  • Age
  • Email address
  • Instagram/website
  • What you do currently
  • Name, address of institution & the course you would like to study
  • Start & end dates of course
  • CV
  • Short cover letter (300 words max)
  • A letter of recommendation

We look forward to hearing from you.


Selection Committee

Katharine Kostyál, Niru Ratnam, Oli Epp, Basil Kincaid and Aindrea Emelife


2020 recipient

We are delighted to welcome Talia Pockhai as the first recipient of the Carl Kostyál BLM Sponsorship Scheme.
American-born, London-based, Talia used the funding to further her studies in curation. It has been a pleasure to spend time with Talia and work together to provide mentorship, introductions and studio visits, both at the gallery and in the wider art community.