Over the course of the last fifteen years Elizabeth has emerged as one of  leading lights of black British artists who has developed and nurtured a body of spiritual art and Christian art to much acclaim.  She has appeared in the first edition of the ‘Black Who’s Who’ and was invited by the Bermudian Government to present one of her works for the Government collection.  Whilst building her own collection of work, Elizabeth has also invigorated the West London Art scene and established one of the foremost artist collectives at Diesel House Studios in West London.

The Early Years

Elizabeth Rollins-Scott Portrait May 2003Elizabeth Rollins-Scott (b 1962) studied at Isleworth School of Art and Design and gained a BA (Hons) from Middlesex University (Hornsey).  After leaving college, Elizabeth quickly established herself as a successful professional artist based in London after leaving college that included exhibitions at the Young Unknowns Gallery and Mall Galleries.  After a successful start Elizabeth then later decided to work in the fashion industry, forecasting colour trends for 10 years between 1987 and 1997.

It was during this period, Elizabeth was asked to work with Pedro Rojas a Cuban musician and film maker to manage and design the stage sets for his band, the 12 piece Latin Orchestra, Sandunga.  During the early 90’s the band worked with musicians including Roberto Plas, Tito Puente and Gloria Estefan.

Redless Studios – 1997 to 1999

Elizabeth Rollins-Scott with John Evans 2003Following a ten year career in fashion Elizabeth was inspired to return to her creative roots and in 1997 was offered a residency at Redless Art Studios, one of the first West London Artist Communities.  It was whilst she was based here that she held her first solo exhibition in many years entitled ‘Black Angels – White Devils’ a celebration of Christian art to critical acclaim. The show included guest spots on BBC London radio with Andrea Oliver (click on audio recording below), features in national and regional publications including The Voice and What’s On in London and sponsorship provided by Mercier Champagne. As part of the show, Elizabeth worked alongside Colin Riley (, a composer for the English National Opera who composed an especially commissioned string quartet work entitled ‘Still Moving’ for the exhibition, ‘Black Angels – White Devils’ (click on audio recording below).

Much of the work today was built upon the foundations laid at the Redless studio which proved to be a very productive period.

Listen to Colin Riley’s ‘Still Moving’, a classical work written for a string quartet to accompany Elizabeth’s sculptures:

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Listen to the BBC London GLR radio interview with Andrea Oliver interviewing Elizabeth about her artwork:

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Newman House – 1999 to 2001

Elizabeth Rollins-Scott's Studio at Newman HouseFollowing the end of her residency at Redless Studios, Elizabeth was invited to take up another residency at Newman House, which was once the home of Cardinal Henry Newman, within the grounds of Greycourt School in Richmond, Surrey.  Whilst at Newman House, Elizabeth’s research for a new body of work based on Henry Newman’s ‘Dream of Gerontius, lead to many further succcessful exhibitions including the collaboration with the Rambert Ballet Company and the Isleworth Actors Company who used Elizabeth’s angles as the inspiration for dance and dramatic works.

During this period Elizabeth was actively studying art therapy which included courses based at Goldsmiths College and London University, which included working as an art therapist  at the Limes Nursing Home for the period 2000 to 2003.

Elizabeth Rollins-Scott Portrait at Newman House 2000It was also whilst building her new collection of work, Elizabeth was invited to appear in the first edition of the ‘Black Who’s Who’ in recognition of her contribtution to the arts.  Coincidently, it was only towards the end of her residency that Elizabeth discovered, as part of her research on Newman, and through visionary dreams, that Newman himself, had seen angels whilst he lived at Newman House in his early childhood and was part of his inspiration for joining the clergy.

This is one of the many strange coincidences that seem to have influenced and inspired Elizabeth throughout her career.

Diesel House Studios – 2001 to Date

Elizabeth Rollins-Scott at Johnsons Island - Winter 2005Elizabeth found herself without a studio in late 2000 following reaching the end her residency at Newman House and immediately set about searching for a new studio.

Through an introduction from a close friend who had heard of her search, Elizabeth was invited to inspect a studio at the Diesel House based at Kew Bridge Steam Museum, close to the River Thames at Kew.  The site was semi-derelict and rather surprisingly she found that the studio was 1,500 sq feet!  Instead of walking away, Elizabeth decided to build an artist community which would include a studio for herself and in February 2001 the studio opened, after being forced to sell her home to fund the renovations.  It was a painful process and involved many friends and fellow artists but was something she would not ever regret.

At its peak in 2007, Diesel House Studios was the largest privately run studio provider in West London and had, within a six year period, been partly responsible for reinvigorating the West London Art scene. The studios included those at Johnsons Island and those managed for Friends of Dukes Meadows, which had been designed and managed by Elizabeth.

In addition to these communities, Elizabeth has acted as a consultant to organisation for projects (not all successful) including:

Brentford North Quarter (Gallery & Studios)
Brook Lane Dairy, Barnes (Studios)
Chiswick House (Studios)
Gunnersbury Triangle (Studios)
Turnham Green Loos (Studios)
The Westway (Studios)

It was also during this period that Elizabeth ran the Art Emporium, an art fair that was established to show the works of predominantly West London based artists.

Weston Super Mare 2008 to Date

Elizabeth Rollins-Scott at Diesel House 2004Elizabeth decided to move to Somerset in 2008 to allow her to focus on her own work, away from the distractions of running studios in London.  Whilst they continue to operate, Elizabeth is now focussing on her next collection entitled ‘The Pilgrimage’, which is centred on the subject of her life journey to date. The studio at her Somerset home has now been built and the exciting work of starting a new collection has begun.

Elizabeth has just completed the building of her ceramic studio and painting room and work is beginning now beginning on the print room.  In the next couple of years the garden will also be landscaped to incorporate her bronze sculptures and ceramic garden sculptures.

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