Artist and former Head of Drawing at the Art Academy, Brendan Kelly, paid us a visit today to judge the Art Academy Drawing Prize. The prize is open to any student studying on one of our academic programmes and the winner receives £100. Join us in congratulating winner Natalie Kalmus Eliasz for her charcoal, chalk and ink on lining paper drawing ‘Boy Wonder’ – well done Natalie!

It was no easy feat for Brendan to choose a winner so we have five commendations to:

  • Ann Dowden for her charcoal drawing ‘Dows Hall’
  • SK Dunbar for her drawing ‘Richard’
  • Jonathan Faragher for his printed digital drawing ‘Detection technology: The New Interrogating the Old’
  • Katy Cook for her piece ‘Winter Time’ – mixed media on paper bound as a book
  • Clare Welfare for her piece ‘Disruption’ – pastel, pencil and ink on wood

Congratulations to Art Academy London student Eleanor Green, who has had work accepted into the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2018!  Eleanor will be exhibiting her piece ‘Does my bum look big in this?’.

Our Graduate Show 2018 included works by students who have studied on our three-year Fine Art programme, two-year Sculpture or Contemporary Portrait programmes, our one-year Fine Art Foundation and our two-year part-time Certificate. This year our Graduate Show took place across two different sites with two separate Private Views.

Our graduating students are proof of our commitment to equip all who study with us with the technical skills, creative insight and personal confidence needed to become practising artists. Our students have joined us from all walks of life with many coming to us from professional backgrounds. The decision to change paths in life can be an overwhelming one so we aim to give our students the structure and support required to make their dreams a reality. With a wide range of tutors, all of whom are professional, practising artists, higher contact times with tutors than any other higher education fine art course in the UK and an emphasis on professional development, we are focused on ensuring our students are able to sustain their art practices beyond graduation.


Well done to our Fine Art Foundation course students who have once again received offers from prestigious art schools all over the country:

Slade School of Fine Art
Goldsmiths University of London 
Chelsea College of Arts
Central Saint Martins
London College of Fashion

Edinburgh College of Art
Arts University Bournemouth
UCA Canterbury

Some of our students will continue their studies with one of our popular degree courses.

We wish those who leave us a successful start in September and all the best for the next part of their creative journey!

Our Foundation course is a one-year programme, during which we will help you to discover which areas of art and design best suit your interests and abilities. We do this by providing a degree of personal tutorial support, and practical guidance which we believe is unequalled by any similar course in the UK. You will leave us with a comprehensive portfolio and all the necessary information to get you onto your university course of choice.

Are you considering to join our Young Artists courses this summer? Would you like to suggest this to a young person in your family or circle of friends? Here are some first-hand insights that may help you to make your decision.

Young blogger jakescott175, who joined the programme for 13-15-year-olds this April, shares his experiences on the course online featuring images of artwork he created during his days at the Academy and thoughts on how he liked the exercises and atmosphere in his group.

Young Artists is an exciting five day course for ages 13­-15 taking place during Easter and Summer holidays. There is also a range of exciting courses for ages 16-18. The programme provides high level art tuition including drawing workshops, contemporary painting, specialist sculpture techniques, and using experimental media. Jake particularly enjoyed “collecting rubbings and doing collaging and having a different approach to art.” 

With the last day being dedicated to the participants’ individual projects there is plenty of room for the exploration of personal interests – just take a look at jakescott175‘s brilliant David Bowie collage and the design proposals for his ‘punk fairies’.

One of the main goals of our Young Artists programme is to strengthen young people’s confidence in creative expression through providing a focused and supportive environment. jakescott154 confirms that “people on the course were really lovely and the company of other artists was really inspirational.”

We were glad to hear that Jake “loved travelling up to London everyday and embracing the art lifestyle!”

Read Jake’s full report here!

A selection of work by Academy students, tutors and alumni curated by Fine Art student Ninon Ardisson has opened at KPMG at Canada Square, Canary Wharf.  The exhibition features a selection of 3D and 2D work by Alison Hand, Lisa Keane, Ninon Ardisson, Rebecca Kunzi, Bev Sage, Alex Virji, Tanya Russell & Vivienne Wallace.



Congratulations to Alumni Viv Wallace and current Student Jessica Wetherly on completing their £15,000 sculpture commission for the Honorable Artillery Company.


Here are the photos from the Academy’s 2014 Graduate Show. The exhibition hosted work from students graduating from our Fine Art programme, Fine Art Foundation and Certificate courses.

All Images / Grace Langley



Big congratulations to Fine Art Certificate student Lena Stadlen won the special V&A prize for her Indian miniature style painting of a Man shopping in Sainsbury’s (below). Lisa won the award as part of the Inspired By… exhibition at the Morley Gallery and said she was “tickled pink” to pick up the prestigious award.

There are 4 Academy students in total featuring in the V&A curated Inspired By… which opened on Monday evening, John Budden, Jane Rist, Lena Stadlen and Naa Merley Okine so well done to all.



Congratulations to all our alumni and tutors who had work accepted into the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and Society of Portrait Sculptors annual open exhibitions. Full list below.

Fine Art Diploma Graduate and Deputy Head of Painting Sue Spaull and our Head of Painting Tai-Shan Schierenberg both had work on show at this year’s RP Exhibition at the Mall Galleries. Tutors James Lloyd, Melissa Scott-Miller, Robin-Lee Hall, Anastasia Pollard and Tim Benson were also included.

Fine Art alumnus Arabella Brooke had her portrait sculpture included in The Society of Portrait Sculptors 2014 Exhibition, alongisde work by tutors Marcus Cornish, Hazel Reeves, Mark Richards and Gilbert Whyman.

Selected works below: