PEEPs (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans) for visitors
We have a legal duty to make sure that all people who use or visit our buildings can reach a ‘Place of Total Safety’ in the event of a fire safety emergency. Legislation describes a Total Place of Safety as being “a place, away from the premises, in which people are at no immediate danger from the effects of a fire”. A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan, or PEEP, is a bespoke ‘escape plan’ for individuals who may have difficulties evacuating a building to a Total Place of Safety without support or assistance from others.
Who needs a PEEP?
PEEPs may be required for any member of our community (staff, students, visitors) that may have one or more of the following:
Neurodiverse or mental health conditions
Other circumstances that may affect a person’s ability to evacuate (this could include people with underlying health conditions, or who are pregnant or who have a short-term injury, such as a broken leg).
The key question that determines whether a PEEP is required is “Can you evacuate a building unaided in a reasonably prompt manner during an emergency situation?” If the answer is no, then a PEEP is likely to be required.
For short-term visitors, such as attendees at Academy events and open days it is not practical to put in place individual PEEPs. We have developed a standard set of PEEPs for visitors with a range of needs. These can be found here. Please inform the relevant member of staff (your primary contact) of your needs and which of the standard options is applicable to you, ahead of your visit. Should you be unsure about how to contact, please contact the reception in the first instance using the contact details above, who will be happy to help.
Should you feel that none of the standard options are relevant to your individual needs, please contact the operations manager by email at email@example.com, who will be able to assess your individual needs with you ahead of your visit, using the PEEP form for visitors which is available here.
After graduating in Japanese Studies Mark started his career in the arts as a musician, playing drums and percussion with a number of bands, most notably Cabaret Voltaire. In 1986 he joined CBS Records and spent the next 14 years in the music industry, latterly as Vice President of the SINE division of Sony Music Europe, working with some of the UK and Europe’s most successful recording artists of the 1990s including Oasis, Suede, Gipsy Kings, Primal Scream and Fatboy Slim. In 2000 he moved into the visual arts, running an art gallery in France and an art consultancy in London where he curated the 2007 Gibson Guitartown project, culminating in a major outdoor exhibition next to Tower Bridge and a fundraising auction that raised in excess of £200,000. In 2008 he joined the Art Academy in London where he was Chief Executive until moving to Dorset in 2012 to take up his current post as Artistic Director of Dorchester Arts. Mark has held trustee posts at The Red Hot AIDS Charitable Trust, The Art House and Dorset Visual Arts, and is currently acting as a consultant to The Maltings Arts on a scheme to develop a £8.8m theatre in Dorchester, Dorset.
Melanie Gerlis is the art market columnist for the Financial Times and Editor at Large for The Art Newspaper. She was previously Art Market Editor of The Art Newspaper for nine years and has been reporting on auctions, art fairs and market news globally since 2006. She also worked for ten years at Finsbury, a strategic communications and investor relations firm, advising investment banks, hedge funds and other financial services clients.
Melanie has a BA in English Literature from Clare College, Cambridge and an MA in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. Her book, “Art as an Investment? A Survey of Comparative Assets,” was published by Lund Humphries in 2014.
Paul Harris is former CFO of Liberty, with fifteen years of senior level operational experience including opening restaurants within department stores Liberty and Selfridges. Having been headhunted from Kurt Geiger, in 2013 Paul successfully completed the second major refinancing of Liberty. He was also the Chairman of a luxury British company that Liberty acquired, is currently NED of The Wine Fusion, and recently launched Curveball a cutting edge dining experience in South London.
Since April 2017, Jenna Littler has been Burberry’s Senior Vice President for Wholesale, Franchise and Travel Retail across its EMEIA region. She joined Burberry in 2010 and led the company’s communications activities worldwide before moving into the newly-created role of Senior Vice President, Global Integration in 2014, working alongside Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer Christopher Bailey on the development and implementation of Burberry’s strategic priorities globally.
Jenna joined Burberry from the consulting firm McKinsey & Company in London, before which she held various positions in the UK Civil Service. She started her career in financial communications.
Jenna is passionate about the arts in all their forms. She holds a First Class degree in History of Art from Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, and qualified in Architectural Interior Design at the Inchbald School of Design in London.
Paul has been a Trustee of the Art Academy for the last 10 years and been involved in it’s growth and helping to enable it’s unique ethos to reach many students around the world since its foundation.
Paul’s background is in technology and he has delivered large technology change programmes for clients such as the BBC, ITV, BSkyB and BP. He has subsequently founded TUMRA, a digital marketing optimisation service, which offers a software product enabling businesses to improve the performance of their programmatic advertising and marketing campaigns.
Daniel is an associate partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partner. He has been at the practice for over 17 years and has been involved in a range of projects at all stages from feasibility to post-contract including airports, residential, offices and public buildings. He has also been involved in teaching post-graduate students at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL where he has been a practice tutor and crit juror for the 4th year Design Realisation module.
Simon Leggatt (Associate Trustee)
Simon has been the Director of Student Experience and Employability for the Faculty of Education and Health, University of Greenwich since August 2017. He has previously held the roles of Head of Department Secondary and Lifelong Learning Teacher Education, PE & Sport, and Director of Learning and Quality for the Faculty.
Simon spent the first 10 years of his professional life working in the information technology industry for IBM in the UK and overseas. He returned to full-time education as a mature student graduating with a BA Humanities Art History with English from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1994, subsequently completing a Further Education (FE) teacher training programme at the University of Greenwich and a Masters in Education. Simon is a Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS), a Fellow of the Institute for Learning and is certified in eLearning, Teaching & Training (CeLTT). He has extensive experience of the FE sector, as a lecturer, Head of Media and Performing Arts and Head of Service: Quality Improvement and Staff Development at Sir George Monoux sixth form college and South Thames College respectively, before joining the University of Greenwich in 2007.
Simon’s teaching interests include teacher education for the Secondary and Lifelong Learning (FE) sectors, inclusivity, equality and diversity, pedagogy, technology-assisted learning, and curriculum development. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Applied Social Sciences at the University of Roehampton.
Amir Zahedi (Company Secretary)
Amir is a Chartered accountant in public practice with a wide knowledge of companies and commercial ventures in many industry sectors. He has hands on experience of working in the Fareast and Canada .
In the UK he has worked for an industrial multinational conglomerate and UK quoted companies. Earlier on he trained and worked for many years in the City with Coopers & Lybrand who were one of the predecessors to Price Waterhouse Coopers .
Damian is managing director of Cityscape Digital, one of the foremost 3D digital agencies in the world specialising in CGI and VR creative production for the property industry. Founded in 2001 and based in Shoreditch, at 55 people it is the largest dedicated architectural visualisation studio in the UK. He studied fine art and sculpture in London for 7 years in the 90s, graduating at the same time the Art Academy launched in 2000. Founding principal Tanya Russell invited him to join as the first resident artist and tutor. He moved on to become the first Courses Director, co-writing the sculpture diploma course with Tanya in its formative years while developing his fine art practice and profession. In 2007 on the birth of his third child Damian accepted he had to learn about how to make creative work commercially successful, and left the Academy to join Cityscape Digital as a post-production artist. He became Creative Director in 2012. He built a sculpture studio in his back garden in 2014, where he practises sporadically.
As an Arts Education Charity, we believe art can be a powerful force for community cohesion, social engagement, skill development and urban regeneration. The Art Academy is committed to a programme of outreach and community art activities, mainly focused on our local boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth.
We are very happy to be working with Southwark Council to renovate the old Newington Library building on Walworth Road, near Elephant and Castle. The Council has offered us the building for two years, to run Art Academy courses and manage the community activity space and exhibition space. We want to bring life back to the building, make it more accessible to the local community and provide a great venue for local people to enjoy diverse activities. The space also allows us to provide Resident Artist studio spaces, something we are very proud of after a series of studio closures in the local area.
We have partnered with the following:
BEAM Southwark Research Centre British Red Fair Olive Tree Primary World Heart Beat Music Academy The Nelson Mandela Trust Beormund Primary School Hoffman Foundation Elephant Family
For more information on how we could help your organisation please email us.
Welcome to the Art Academy! We are a small, independent art school founded in 2000, offering a unique approach to fine art education in the very heart of Central London. We offer a range of art education programmes for all ages and for all skill levels.
Whether you are looking to become a working artist or you just want to develop your skills in your spare time, we can offer the finest quality art tuition to suit your needs and to support your artistic development.
If you choose to study on a long course with us, we’ll provide you with some of the highest contact hours with expert tutors on offer in the UK. We’ll help you learn technical skills, explore your creative expression and develop your critical insight so that you can find your own voice and visual language.
We’re a warm energetic community of artists, offering a supportive environment where we’ll nurture you while constantly challenging and stretching you to become the best artist you can be.
Rob Pepper Principal
To enable every student to realise his or her vision by developing their individual skills and creative insight – this is how we deliver our mission.
The Art Academy believes in:
creating an environment where our students can experiment, research and learn from the best academic, artistic and philosophical practitioners so we can develop visionary artists who will be the creative thinkers of the future.
developing creative skills , both traditional and contemporary, to support a student’s freedom of expression.
encouraging students to understand and consider the conception and skills that have gone into the creation of all art work in any medium, both traditional and contemporary.
training every student to develop a critical and spontaneous creative process which allows them to be true to their creative vision.
helping students to understand the art market and the world of the professional artist to enable them to make informed choices within their creative practice.
providing a supportive, vibrant and eclectic artistic community where creativity can be nurtured.
If you want to become a practising artist, our BA* allows you to pursue your interests and aptitudes through a bespoke programme of study.
Benefit from hands-on tuition from expert artists in a supportive environment.
Every first-year student joining a BA* of FD* in September 2019 will have access to the AAL Academic Bursary. This will reduce our fees for these courses down to £6,700 per year – significantly below the national level for degree courses.
We are delighted to announce that we have allocated funding to offer a bursary to first-year students joining our BA (Hons) Fine Art* and Foundation Degrees* in Contemporary Portraiture and Sculpture in September 2019.
*subject to validation
Earlier this week, students on our Contemporary Portraiture programme staged a three-hour life drawing class on the lower concourse of London Bridge station. The class was hosted in partnership with Network Rail and Space and People, and was led by Contemporary Portraiture students Kate Linden and Ruth Swain. Members of the public joined in to try their hand at drawing our model, and a few even sat for complimentary charcoal portraits!
TECHNICIAN – PART TIME, EVENINGS, WEEKEND (JOB SHARE)
We are looking for an energetic person to join the Operations Team as part-time evening and weekend technician.
The part-time Technician manages the effective and smooth running of all evening and weekend courses within The Art Academy. They are responsible, in conjunction with the Operations Co-ordinator and Operations Manager, for all spaces within the Art Academy being fit for purpose as teaching spaces, project spaces, storage and communal areas. They are responsible for the provision of class materials and equipment via the technician requirement system and are the main point of contact for student and tutor enquiries. The Technician will work in collaboration with the Operations and Academic team to ensure regular feedback is acted upon.
Hours are Monday to Friday from 15:00 to 19:00 and Saturdays from 09:00 to 13:00 during term time only. The post will ideally be shared by two persons, and you must on occasion, be willing to work flexible hours as needed.
Hourly rate will be the living wage for London.
To apply please send your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your interest in working with us. We don’t currently have any vacancies.
We are currently looking for a Marketing Manager to join our team on a full-time permanent basis. This role pays £30,000-£35,000 per annum.
To apply please send your CV and cover letter to email@example.com.
Application Deadline: 21st December 2018
We will be looking to fill this position imminently; interviews will take place on a rolling basis and the position may be filled prior to the application deadline. For this reason we recommend interested parties apply as soon as possible.
We are currently looking for a Public Programme Administrator to join our team on a full-time permanent basis. This role pays £21,000 – £23,500 p.a. To apply please send your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application deadline: Friday 26th April 2019.
We will be looking to fill this position imminently; interviews will take place on a rolling basis and the position may be filled prior to the application deadline, so we recommend you apply as soon as possible.
Please note that the Academy cannot be held responsible for the content of external internet sites which may be reached by links from the Art Academy website.
All information is correct at time of publication. While every effort is made to offer the courses set out in the Academy Prospectus and on this website, the Academy reserves the right to withdraw particular courses and to change both the content and the pricing of a course when need arises, without prior warning. Participants who have already paid in full for a course will not be subject to any such price increase. Minor changes of course content will not be considered to affect our cancellation policy, as set out in the Academy’s Refund & Transfer Policy.
It is essential that you advise us of your UK address, telephone and email details for the two weeks period prior to your course commencing in case we need to advise you of any changes. The Academy does not offer refunds for accommodation or travel costs associated with any courses.
Students who require a visa to enter the UK must contact the British Embassy in their own country and make prior arrangements before booking any course. The Art Academy is not permitted to sponsor any visas.
Course participants are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, and to recognise that other participants also require support and assistance. If a participant becomes persistently disruptive, we reserve the right to issue a verbal warning, and if this does not resolve the situation, the participant may be asked to leave the course.
All classes are taught in English. Applicants for diploma courses whose first language is not English should note that they are required to be moderately proficient in written and spoken English, and be able to participate in group discussions and presentations in English. Participants on short courses should have a working knowledge of English.
Courses often run on Bank Holiday Mondays – please check the course document carefully.
On completion of your course and having attended the minimum number of hours required, the Art Academy may provide you with a Certificate of Attendance if requested to do so.
Our website is the source of the most up-to-date information concerning dates and content. Applicants are advised to check details on the website to avoid any disappointment.
From time to time, we may photograph our evening, weekend and short course classes for use in marketing and promotional material (including on our website and social media channels). We’ll always get in touch with you before the class to let you know that a photographer will be present, and you’ll be asked for your permission to have your photo taken and used.
We want to know about your experience at The Art Academy. This will help us to continue improving. Get in touch by emailing us at email@example.com.
By purchasing a short course you give the Art Academy permission to process your personal data (as defined in the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulation 2018) for the purposes of administration of the Art Academy’s short courses. Data will be stored securely, treated confidentially and will not be disclosed to external organisations. The data will be used, unless you tell us otherwise, for statistical and course quality monitoring processes and will be retained by the Academy for a period of 42 months, unless you have opted to receive business and marketing information from the Art Academy.
MANAGING YOUR DATA
You have the right to access certain personal data that we hold about you. If you wish to request your data to be removed from our database, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a course is cancelled by the Academy, participants will be notified and given the opportunity to transfer to another course. Otherwise the full cost of fees will be refunded within three weeks, under normal conditions. We shall not be liable for any other consequential loss.
CANCELLATIONS BY YOU
Cancellations on the part of the participant made less than 14 days before the start of the course are non-refundable. Cancellations made before that time will incur a £20 administration charge.
Transferrals from one course to another may be made up to two weeks prior to the course start date, subject to availability.
If you are no longer able to attend a course, substitutions may be accepted up to one week prior to the course start date. Please note substitutions cannot be accepted once the course has started.
In the event of staff illness, we will attempt to find a substitute tutor. If this is not possible, the class will be postponed, participants will be notified and the class will be rescheduled. Alternatively, the missed hours may be added to the remaining course classes.
STRIKES & SECURITY ALERTS
In the event of a public transport strike, security closure or severe weather conditions, we may have to cancel or close a class early for reasons beyond our control. Unfortunately in these situations we cannot accept liability, provide an alternative session or offer a refund.
Non-attendance of classes due to illness, or for personal or professional reasons does not provide the right to refunds, extra tuition or transferral to another class. However, in such an event we shall consider all the circumstances and take such action that we consider fair and reasonable, subject to availability.
Course participants are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and to recognise that other participants also require support and assistance. Any behaviour which fails to meet the Academy’s stated expectations (below) in respect of participant behaviour, or which interferes with the proper functioning or activities of the Academy or those who work, study in, or visit the Academy, or which otherwise damages the Academy or its reputation can be considered a breach of this code of conduct. We reserve the right to issue a verbal warning where appropriate, and if this does not resolve the situation, the participant may be asked to leave the course.
Participants are asked:
– To be considerate and respectful to the needs of fellow students, staff, and visitors to the Academy
– To respect the Academy’s property and that of others
– To comply with reasonable requests or instructions from members of Academy staff
– Not to engage in any conduct which is intended or is likely to disrupt teaching, learning or any other activities undertaken by or within the Academy
– Not to damage Academy property or use it for unapproved purposes
– Not to engage in any harassment or intimidating behaviour
– Not to engage in any other anti-social behaviour, including causing excessive noise
– Not to drink alcohol or be intoxicated on Academy premise
– Not to photograph models without consent
– Not to put the health and safety of yourself or others at significant risk
– Not to access internet sites containing pornographic, offensive or obscene material on Academy IT equipment and networks
In some cases failure to meet the above stated expectations of behaviour may result in the immediate removal from the course and permanent exclusion from the Academy. The following (non-exhaustive) list will result in immediate removal from and permanent exclusion from the Academy:
– Physical violence
– Possessing, supplying or using, on Academy premises, any illegal substances or offensive weapons (including replica weapons)
– Sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence
– Hate crime
– Theft or unauthorised possession of any property or facilities belonging to the Academy, a student, member of staff or visitor
– Incidences requiring police involvement
– Non-accidental damage to property, whether owned by the Academy or otherwise