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Heatherley School of Fine Art

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Founded in 1845, Heatherley’s is one of London’s great independent art schools, dedicated to teaching and inspiring the artists of tomorrow.  Independent in governance and spirit, it upholds a traditional ‘from life’ practice, whilst nurturing originality and self-expression.
 Heatherley’s occupies its own purpose-built school in the heart of Chelsea. It runs 2-year Diploma courses in portraiture and sculpture, and a huge range of part-time courses. In 2017, after rigorous review, the British Accreditation Council gave Heatherley’s its fullest endorsement.
 The school’s 8 studios are constantly busy, and courses over-subscribed. Many students and established artists maintain their connection to the school, returning year after year to take Open Studio classes.
Our ethos at Heatherley’s is a total commitment to the emancipating, transformative power of art; our belief in creating opportunity at all levels, for all ages and all backgrounds to become artists, or to enjoy learning and self-expression.
We award bursaries to talented students who cannot afford the fees. We run outreach programmes and we make a contribution as a cultural resource for  schools and the wider community.


Our success today fuels our ambitions for tomorrow. Our key aims are :
  • To Increase our Bursary Fund and award more bursaries to more students on Diploma Courses;
  • To Expand our Building – adding extra studio space at roof level, allowing us to widen our offer and run more classes open to all.
The Bursary Fund: Our Bursary Fund provides around £50,000 every year towards fees on Diploma Courses. The fund has been supplemented over the years by fund-raising, individual donations and contributions from the School’s operating surplus.
 We want to double our bursaries by reaching our target of £100,000 a year to disburse.

Please SUPPORT US and make a difference to the education of the arts in London.

    Charity No: 312872

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