UPDATE: Friday 19th June 2020

We are reopening!

Next month the Academy will be reopening for summer school and, from September 2020, welcoming academic students back on site.

As you can imagine, the lockdown has posed challenges for us all here at the Academy but we are learning and adapting and innovating to help us keep things running as normally as possible for all our students and tutors.

Many of you on our academic programmes have undertaken assessed modules online during the lockdown, but we miss the vibrancy and creative buzz that students, staff and tutors bring to the Academy.

At a time when creativity has never been more essential and as the country prepares to ease out of lockdown we have been busy making preparations for a ‘new normal’. Our main priority, of course, is to ensure the wellbeing of our community of staff, students, tutors and models. To this end we will be running a reduced number of courses over the summer.

Going forward there will inevitably be more online and remote teaching for our academic courses. In the meantime we are making changes to our buildings to reduce any risks posed by coronavirus. So, whether you are a returning student, or a new or prospective one wanting to develop the art skills you rediscovered during lockdown, we understand you will probably have questions.

We hope that our Coronavirus FAQs are helpful to you. We have also created a dedicated Keeping the Academy Safe page that will be kept updated with the latest information.

We look forward to welcoming you on-site soon.

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.