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.

Congratulations to students Constance Regardsoe and Paul Starns who are the joint winners of the annual Academy Peer Prize. Constance and Paul shared the £100 prize for their paintings as voted for by their fellow students.


© Constance Regardsoe – Untitled

© Paul Starns – The Fortune Teller

Congratulations to our BA students Laura Melissa Williams and Zora Owens, and Fine Art Diploma graduates Heidi Sundvik, Idris Woodroffe and Seema Manchanda on being shortlisted for this year’s Liberty Specialty Markets Art Prize! We were very proud that five of the eight shortlisted artists were Academy students and alumni; their works will be on display at LSM’s London office in Fenchurch Street for one week and they’ll have access to a development programme that includes training sessions, mentoring and workshops.



Congratulations to the host of Academy alumni who were selected for his year’s ING Discerning Eye Exhibiiton.

Alumni from our Fine Art Programme and now tutors at the Academy Lynne Abrahamson and Gail Seres-Woolfson were selected and so too was fellow gradudate Sarah Barker Brown. Contemporary Portraiture graduate Helen Stone,  and Certificate graduate Christine Duffin both also had work accepted.

The exhibition will run at the Mall Galleries from the 14th November until the 24th November 2019.

Congratulations to AAL alumna Alessandra Bettolo who has been shortlisted for this year’s Ashurst Emerging Artist Award. Her painting ‘Le Smoking’ (pictured) was one of just 30 works selected from more than 4450, and will be on show at the new gallery at the Ashurst offices in London, 20 May to 28 July 2019.

Starting 1 April, AAL student Martin Pirongs is undertaking a two-week walking project, ‘M25 Man’, to configure the outline of his own body on a giant scale. Taking a line for a walk, nearly 200 miles long, to create a unique connection with a city. Harnessing the art of GPS technology and the age-old power of walking – by pavement, path, road (and occasional field).

Onlookers could keep track of the trail as it was created by watching his live GPS feed – slowly revealing an image that inhabited the M25 and became the size of London!

Martin is currently in his first year of our three-year Fine Art programme.

We couldn’t be more proud! Earlier this month at the inaugural Liberty Specialty Markets Liberty Arts Award we had three Art Academy 2018 graduates who were recipients. Huge congratulations to Helen Stone who won the £5,000 Experts Choice prize and Sam King who won the £2,000 Public vote prize!

Thank you so much to the team at Liberty and New who have brought huge amounts of support to these talented artists through this fantastic initiative. It feels great that our graduates are receiving the recognition they deserve and have worked so hard for, and that as an art school teaching professional development, technical skill and encouraging creative practice, we’re definitely doing it right!

Congratulations to AAL alumna Lucy du Sautoy, who won Artist & Illustrator’s Artist of the Year with her painting ‘Until the Lights Come On VII’.
Lucy’s AOTY prize includes £1,000 cash, a selection of brushes from Rosemary & Co. and her own solo exhibition next year at the London art gallery Panter & Hall.

Certificate graduate Emerald Mosley has created an inspiring piece of work for the “Pillow Talk: conversations with women” exhibition.

South London Women Artists (SLWA) have teamed up with the Women’s Art Library (WAL), based at Goldsmiths University of London, to create a nomadic reading room steeped in the achievements and ambitions, stories and histories of women artists. The installation consists of a transparent geodesic dome furnished with art pillows by SLW artists and a selection of readings, cuttings and ephemera from the WAL collection. Visitors are invited to relax, read the material and to interact by sharing their own inspirations and histories which will become part of the archive.

The exhibition was launched this Monday at the Brixton East Gallery to celebrate International Women’s Day. It will tour to different locations in the UK throughout 2016 and will feature a colour ISBN catalogue.


Fine Art student Bev Sage recently had the amazing opportunity to meet and interview infamous performance artist Marina Abramović for the cultural magazine Third Way, we got an insight from Bev into her encounter.

During my final week of summer term at the Academy last year, I had an unexpected phone call from Huw Spanner, former editor of Third Way, asking if I’d like to interview the legendary performance artist Marina Abramovic.

A few months later I step out at The Chiltern Firehouse and my London cabbie yells: “Tell Abramovic’s wife I hope Chelsea wins!”

I meet 3W’s Huw Spanner and photographer Andy Firth we all jump in the lift on our way to Room 101. Marina answers the door, mid-makeup session and wearing a short white towelling dressing gown.


On yesterday’s photographic shoot an inexperienced make-up artist had used glue on her eyelids. Today 3W’s first–ever-make-up artist uses soothing creams to remove the glue and gently heal the damage.

My first impression of Marina was her energy, humour and generosity of spirit.

A sense of fun surrounded her impressive physical presence, and as we talked photographs, she grabbed her iPad and excitedly showed us all the glamorous cover shots she’d done over the past few years. She was welcoming, playful, amusing, and flirtatious. “Let’s do the interview on the bed, be informal and enjoy our time together.”

We’re just about to begin, no words or photographs in the can, when there’s a knock on the door and the 10am interviewer, a journalist from the Economist, arrived, suited and booted. Marina commandingly told him to sit in the corner until she was finished with us – she was in no hurry, a huge relief; he meekly did.

We talked of childhood memories, politics, the development of her practice, her work as a performance artist, her body, and her relatively recent international status. Her warmth and playful girlishness mixed with a sharp intelligence and focus when she talked about her legacy and her work, to which she is 100% committed.

I commented on her ‘A’ list celebrity and the effect of working with pop icons such as Jay Z and Lady Gaga. She laughed: “I’m 67 years old. Do you think after a lifetime of hard work that’s going to change me now?”

After a hug and a kiss we emerged, all totally in love with her. We decided to head onto The Lisson Gallery where her latest exhibition allowed us to be present with the artist for just a little bit longer.

She whispered in White Space “I love you.”

And we believed her.