Congratulations to AAL student Heidi Sundvik, who won the Pure Arts Prize on Friday! Heidi wins the opportunity to exhibit two pieces in the fair in October and will receive one year’s mentoring and professional development support.

Congratulations to 2nd year student Ed Beerbohm who won the 2019 Kennerly Prize for his Art History essay. Art Theory tutor David Hodge said:

“Across his two years at the Art Academy, Ed has consistently shown a subtle, penetrating mind as well as great interest in art theory.  This year he wrote a formidably ambitious essay on postmodernism, which carefully considered what art can tell us about world history and vice versa.   Especially impressive is Ed’s ability to make fine-grained distinctions within complex bodies of thought.”

Ed wins 6 hours of tuition with David Hodge.

Congratulations to everyone at the Academy who was selected for the 2019 RP Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, including our tutors David Caldwell, Anastasia Pollard, Toby Wiggins, Tim Benson, Caroline Bays, Andrew Hitchcock, Andy James, Sarah Jane Moon Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco and Melissa Scott-Miller.
Don’t forget there is still time to apply for our FD in Contemporary Portraiture, see our website for further information.

On Monday 24th June 2019, students on our Contemporary Portraiture programme are bringing our popular pop-up studio back to London Bridge station for a free three-hour life drawing class on the lower concourse. Hosted in partnership with Network Rail and Space and People, the life drawing class will allow members of the public to join in to try their hand at drawing our model alongside our students. Easels, drawing materials and handy tips will all be available for free!

We have been a part of the community for almost 20 years, and are delighted to work with Network Rail once again to showcase the incredible cultural hub of London Bridge and Southwark. We champion art education for all, and are thrilled to give passengers the chance to get involved and be creative.

Please do join us on the lower concourse (near the St Thomas Street exit) between 11am and 3pm on Monday 24th June – there’s no need to book in advance.

And we’ll be bringing our pop-up studio back to the station in mid-July for another session – follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with our life drawing classes at London Bridge.

Join us in congratulating Theo Taylor on winning the Academy Portrait Prize with his portrait of his mother. Theo, who is a Stage 2 Contemporary Portraiture student, also won The Royal Institute of Oil Painters Portrait Prize with his entry, and will exhibit in the show in November. The prizes were judged by Tim Benson, Principal of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, who found Theo’s portrait to be an example of good draughtsmanship that reflected the mood of the sitter in its colours and palette. We had an incredible array of entries this year and want to thank all the students who entered.

We’re thrilled that Suzon Lagarde, a student on our Contemporary Portraiture programme, recently featured on Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year 2019. In the first episode, Suzon painted actress Geraldine James OBE during a four-hour sitting (pictured).

Congratulations to Art Academy London Fine Art student Gerard Floyd who won the Surrey Sculpture Prize at the Landmark Arts centre last week. Well done also to runners up, Felicity Whitehead and Jo Holt!

Congratulations to third year degree student Kate Crumpler who has won the Academy’s Autumn Peer Prize 2018. Kate won the £100 prize for her entry ‘Come to Me for Rest’, which her fellow students voted for as a powerful image conveying strong emotion.

The Autumn Peer Prize is the first Prize awarded during the academic year. Any student from our academic courses is able to take part and the winner and runner-up are voted for by students. Awarded to an artwork in any medium, the purpose of the prize is to encourage the breadth of creative language. The Prize is judged by the Artistic Principles below.

1. Stimulus and motivation
2. Concept and intent
3. Creative and contextual awareness
4. Visual Language and Craftsmanship
5. Manifestation of intent
6. Curation and presentation

Congratulations to Laura Knowles who won the St Cuthbert’s Mill Prize selected by R.K. Burt for her etching Well hello said the Crow to the Escargot (pictured). She won 25 sheets of Somerset paper. Congratulations also to Bev Sage who won the Intaglio Printmakers prize for her monotype Make Marks for a Nervous World #3.

A big thank you to our prize sponsors – St Cuthbert’s Mill who generously donated a mill pack of Somerset Velvet 300gsm White, and Intaglio Printmakers who donated a £100 in-store voucher.

Congratulations to Sam King, Caroline Wong and Helen Stone, who are the three recipients of the Liberty Art Award 2018.

Liberty Specialty Markets  is one of the world’s leading specialist insurers. Liberty has a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility and is keen to recognise and support new talent in the visual arts through the Liberty Art Award.

The Liberty Art Committee selected artworks by Sam King, Caroline Wong and Helen Stone from our 2018 Academy Graduate Show. The works chosen will be exhibited at Liberty’s headquarters – 20 Fenchurch Street, also known as ‘The Walkie Talkie’ building – for one year from August 2018 to August 2019, after which their pieces can be offered for sale to Liberty staff and clients.

Winners will also receive professional development support during the year and a cash prize.