Bagri Scholarship & Prize | The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts

2015 – 2019

Project description

The Bagri Foundation Scholarship at The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts aims to encourage and reward emerging artists visiting from Asia. Delivered between 2015-2019, it supported artists who would not have been able to study in the UK without financial support.

The Bagri Scholar for 2019 was awarded to the calligrapher Ubaydullah Ahmad with support toward his studies in the second year of his MA.  Ubaydullah Ahmad (b. 1990) is a British Master Calligrapher trained in many of the Ottoman, Kufic and Maghribi Arabic scripts. His work encompasses all the different scripts he has mastered showing that they are alive and relevant in today’s world. Read more here.

The Bagri Foundation Scholar for 2018 – 2020 at the school was Mustafa Ruhullah Muhammad Baqir. Mustafa lives in Indonesia and is originally from Singapore. He currently works as a graphic designer and photographer. Mustafa is very interested in the perennial philosophy and Islamic mysticism, stating the “beauty of art has a deep influence in the spiritual life”. Read more here.

Bagri Foundation Scholar for 2017 – 2019 at the school was Karma Lama. Karma is of Nepalese nationality and was brought up in a Buddhist monastery. Both his brothers and uncle are Buddhist Monks. In Nepal he studied traditional Tibetan art cultures, in particular the rituals encompassed in thangka paintings. Read more here.

In 2017, we were also proud to present the Bagri Prize to two outstanding MA students practising Asian arts at The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts from 2015-2017. n 5 July 2017, HRH The Prince of Wales attended The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts’ annual degree show and awarded the new Bagri Prize to Martha Moderitz and Muhammad Samiur Rahman. Martha’s paintings reveal her love for dance, geometry, nature and Pahari Miniature Paintings. Muhammad’s work is inspired by Islamic calligraphy and theology. Read more here.

Organiser’s bio 

The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts specialises in teaching, researching, and promoting the practice and theory of the arts and crafts of the world’s great traditions. The School offers postgraduate courses, short courses, research, lectures, study visits, and international outreach projects. Students on their pioneering MA Programme undertake practical learning in traditional painting, architectural crafts, ceramics, traditional geometry and contextual studies.
The Bagri Foundation has partnered with The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts since June 2015 on its Open Programme. The Bagri Foundation Open Programme at The School aimed to present new courses with a particular focus on the traditional arts and crafts of Asia.