“Exploring digital art has allowed me to learn how to edit videos, use projectors for installations, and go into animation, which are transferable skills I can use for future projects, in the workplace, and both during and after university.”

Fine Art Foundation alumna Grace Yan-Au talks about how her time at the Academy thoroughly prepared her for university:

My Foundation course at the Art Academy was exactly what I needed after finishing my A-Levels – it’s ideal for exploring current and new interests and skills that would benefit me for future projects and prepare me for university life. During A-Levels, I didn’t really have the time to think about which course I wanted to do as a degree or have the support I needed to better my chances of getting into university – until I did this Foundation course. The Foundation tutors are incredibly supportive of each individual’s own practices and interests and put in the time to make sure that we get the step-by-step support for our UCAS applications and our personal projects.

The skills modules gave me the opportunity to explore new and different art practices; some of my favourite electives were Collaborative Installation and Moving Image. I had never worked with digital art before and the skills courses were suitable for beginners like me, and diverse in allowing us to experiment as well as honing in on particular skills or themes to be explored. I was excited to learn that I very much enjoyed digital art, as it presented a new way to create (and it was also great that I no longer needed to worry about ruining everything I own with paint!). Exploring digital art has allowed me to learn how to edit videos, use projectors for installations, and go into animation, which are transferable skills I can use for future projects, in the workplace, and both during and after university.

It has been refreshing to be around people from all walks of life and still be able to come together and connect over what we will have in common: a love for art! Being in a community of people who are interested in your art practice and inspirations, and learning the same about them, is very eye-opening and exciting. I highly recommend this course if you are unsure in your aspirations for academic learning or simply want to learn new skills and meet people who love creating art as much as you do.

We are delighted to announce the winner of the Art Academy BA Prize 2020, in association with Hitachi Capital UK. Congratulations to Chikaora Obiora who wins a full scholarship for tuition fees on our BA (Hons) Fine Art course starting September 2020 for the duration of the programme.

Our inaugural prize was judged by, Rob Pepper (Principal, Art Academy London), Henry Little (Executive Director, The Fine Art Group), Kate Gordon (Founder, London Art Studies), Sid Motion (Founder, Sid Motion Gallery) and Tai Shan Schierenberg (artist).

Henry Little said of the judges decision:

We were immediately impressed by Chikaora’s technical fluency and her clear potential for the future.

Chikaora was announced as the winner at our Fundraising Auction & Dinner at Christie’s on Thursday 20th February.

At Art Academy London, we believe everyone should have access to high-quality art education. That’s why we offer art courses to suit all levels of skill and commitment, and provide bursaries to help students with tuition fees for our BA, Foundation Degree and Fine Art Foundation.

Shortlisted entrants received an Art Academy London sketchbook and drawing pack, and will have their work shown in our online gallery.

Don’t forget that you can still apply for our BA (Hons) Fine Art starting September 2020.


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Our Fundraising Auction & Dinner at Christie’s on Thursday 20th February was a complete success! The evening raised over £40,000 for Art Academy London.

Six works by Academy Tutors were auctioned on the evening, and another 12 of our tutor’s works were displayed on the walls for sale. Academy Pathway Leaders, Alison Hand and Julian Wild, spent the day curating the artworks for display. It was incredible to see the final hang of tutor’s work under specialist lighting at the renowned auction house.

Once the evening’s (around 120) guests started arriving the space came to life. A pop-up studio was set up in one of the anti-rooms, so that guests could do some life drawing before dinner. Academy students: Suzon Lagarde, Paul Starns, Ruth Swain and Richa Vora led the life drawing.

Arlene Blankers auctioned the six artworks by Academy tutors, saying it was “the most fun” she has had as an auctioneer. Guests took a particular shine to our canvases (with evening class paintings) which were used to represent our silent lots. By the end of the night, the canvases were sold at auction as well!

We are so grateful to all of our donors, who are listed on the last pages of the Auction Brochure. We are also very thankful to Academy staff for all the hard work that went into the event’s organisation. It was a true highlight in the Academy calendar.