I was contacted by Roy Ockers in 2020, asking for a fee to submit artwork to ‘apply’ for Banditto Residency. When I ignored his first email, he sent another offering me a discount on the fee. When I checked on the Banditto Residency info online, there was a section saying anyone contacting previous resident artists would not be eligible to apply. That’s weird. There is a list of previous residents, they are all real artists. When I looked at their web sites there is no mention in their CV etc about the residency. Also weird, any artist who won a Residency would post a blog on their site, put in CV etc. and would certainly be happy to talk to fellow artists about the experience.
Definitely a scam. Don’t pay any money. After several ignored emails, Roy Ockers gives up.