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.