The Prime Minister has announced the end of social distancing from Monday 19th July 2021.

This means that it will no longer be a legal requirement to socially distance or wear a face covering.

However, as we enter Step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown, the threat from Covid-19 is not over.

Cases of the virus will rise as social distancing comes to an end.

We must continue working together to safeguard the health and wellbeing of everyone within our community.

As such, in line with Government advice, the Academy expects and recommends that face coverings continue to be worn by everyone (unless you are medically exempt), at all times, while on site.

We encourage students and tutors to make full use of the space available to them in our spacious and well-ventilated studios.

Over the summer, students and tutors should continue to test regularly (at least twice weekly). Order free lateral flow tests.

Do not attend class if you have symptoms of Covid-19.

The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach continues to be very important.

Ensure good hand and respiratory hygiene by washing hands more often and catching any coughs.

QR codes and temperature checks remain in place upon arrival.

We will continue to monitor the situation and update our guidance accordingly.

This Summer, we are thrilled to offer a diverse array of online courses for those still looking to develop skills and interests into any medium from home. Explore our online courses here.

Image courtesy of Alicia Griffiths ©


The Ruth Borchard Collection is hosting an online exhibition celebrating the submissions to The Self-Portrait Exhibition 2021. All the artworks on display explore the diverse media and imagery through which contemporary artists represent themselves. We are proud to announce that amongst the over two-hundred self-portraits included are a number of Art Academy London related entrants. Namely Roxana Halls and Tim Benson, both painting tutors at AAL. Also featured is Alicia Griffiths, a London based contemporary artist and recent FD Fine Art (Contemporary Portraiture) graduate.

Visit to see the highly commended and short listed categories as well as the announcement of the winner.

We are delighted to announce that students who are accepted onto our BA (Hons) Fine Art who have lived in Southwark for the last 3 years are eligible to apply for a scholarship from Southwark council which covers the full cost of tuition fees to study with us. Applicants must receive an offer from AAL before they can apply to Southwark council for the scholarship.


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You can then send us your completed form via email to stating that you are eligible for the Southwark Council Scholarship

You can apply for this scholarship if you meet all of the eligibility criteria listed below:

  • under 25 years old
  • must come from a household with a combined income of less than £25,000 per annum
  • proven record of being a resident of Southwark for a minimum of the past 3 years (students placed outside of the borough temporarily by Southwark’s Housing Department are eligible subject to evidence)
  • have a legal status in the UK with indefinite leave to remain
  • must be entering higher education for the first time in autumn 2021
  • must have a proven record of active engagement and positively contributing to the community in Southwark
  • must have a good record of academic achievement


Art Academy London is currently recruiting for three 6-month apprentices in our admin, operations and marketing departments through the DWP Kickstart scheme. This is a great opportunity to develop a wide range of skills in a friendly, supportive environment.  

For more information about the roles and to see the essential skills required, please visit our jobs page and download the job description and person specification.

Suitable candidates must:

  • be aged 16-24;
  • currently claiming Universal Credit; and
  • are required to apply through their local Job Centre following a referral from their Work Coach.

Please note the Academy cannot accept direct applications. Anyone interested in applying should speak to their DWP Work Coach. 

The Academy is an equal opportunities employer and recognises that a diverse workforce can enhance creativity and innovation in the workplace. As such we welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds. 

The deadline for applications is 12pm on Friday 16th April 2021. 

Last year we welcomed comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan to record an episode for season three of their show ‘Rob and Romesh Vs‘ which aired on Sky this month. After visiting some of the capital’s top galleries they joined our principal Rob Pepper and Academy tutor Laura Postle for a go at the real thing themselves!

Here are some behind the scene photos of the guys getting creative with Rob and Laura! If you want to get creative as Rob and Romesh did, have a look at our short courses starting in Easter.


Congratulations to Stage 2 FD Fine Art (Contemporary Portraiture) student Jess Routley who won the annual AAL Autumn Peer Prize! Voted for by Academy peers, Jess scooped the £100 cash prize with a large oil painting titled Self Portrait (On no particular day).

Image Courtesy / Jess Routley

We’re delighted to announce that BA (Hons) Fine Art students Naomi Cooke-Fleming and Mercedes Balle Quiroga, and FD Fine Art (Contemporary Portraiture) students Paul Starns and Ruth Swain have been selected for the LSM Art Awards 2020. This is the third year of Academy students being shortlisted for these awards with previous winners including Helen Stone and Sam King. This year the judges are once again incredibly impressed with our students’ submissions and we look forward to hearing about they’re mentoring with Parker Harris and the specialists from Liberty Specialty Markets.

This online exhibition, titled ‘Not The Grad Show’, showcases the work that the students have been making during lockdown, whilst their studies have been suspended. Diploma student Jonathan Faragher, created a video of the final works exhibited in a virtual version of the Newington Gallery. This video will go live on Thursday 2nd July at 12pm. It will be hosted on the Art Academy website here, along with individual versions of the work and artist bios.

We would like to invite you all to a Zoom Private View to celebrate the opening of ‘Not The Grad Show’ with us. If you would like to join please fill out the below form to receive an invite link.

As you may have seen in our newsletter a couple of weeks ago, Art Academy London raised enough money to buy two 3D printers to print protective face masks for NHS staff. Donations came to over £10,000, it only took 12 hours to raise enough for one printer and another 4 to buy a second. We were really impressed and grateful for all your donations. It is evidence of the brilliant community that the Academy is a part of.

Our Sculpture Pathway Leader, Julian Wild, has printed 1000 visor bands so far. The protective equipment have since been sent to several care homes and surgeries. We are now also an NHS supplier, so our visor bands are being sent directly into an NHS pool, to be sent where they are most needed.

See the featured photos of our 3D printer and PPE in action at a care-home in Chichester. Thank you health heroes!