Become a Patron


£240+ per year (£70 benefit; £170+ donation)

You’ll enjoy access to all areas of our community with the following exclusive benefits:

+ 5% discount across all our public courses
+ Priority booking on our Elective Skills courses
+ 10% discount on purchases in our art shop
+ Invite to the opening of our Graduate Show
+ Invite to student, alumni and tutor exhibitions
+ Priority booking to fundraising events


£2,000+ per year (£400 benefit; £1,600+ donation)

You’ll enjoy all the benefits that our Charcoal Patrons receive, plus:

+ 10% discount across all our public courses
+ Priority booking on our Elective Skills courses
+ A visit to one of our renowned tutor’s art studios
+ An invite to the preview of the Graduate Show and a Principal’s personal tour
+ Two tickets to a Drink & Draw event with a high-profile tutor


£10,000+ (£2,000 benefit; £8,000+ donation)

You’ll enjoy all the benefits that our Cadmium Patrons receive, plus:

+ Acknowledgement of support within our refurbished buildings
+ An annual personalised art workshop for up to 10 guests with a high-profile tutor and drinks reception
+ An arts education workshop provided to a school group of your choice either in London, or at a pre-agreed alternative venue
+ Priority booking for your own private events and dinners at the Academy



If you prefer not to receive discounts but would still like to make a contribution, you can become a member of our Donor Circle, who are close to the leadership of the Academy enjoy an exclusive relationship with our trustees, staff, faculty and alumni:

+ £5,000 could support our annual tutoring with a local disability charity
+ £8,000 could provide one student with a full bursary for one year
+ £30,000 could pay for a SEN support tutor for a year
+ £100,000 could allow us to build and fit out a studio in our new building

Patron Scheme

Our Patron Scheme is a new community of dynamic philanthropists who are committed to supporting art education and who recognise it as the cornerstone of the UK’s creative ecosystem.

The Art Academy is an artist-led institution that receives no revenue support from the government. Our Patrons’ support is vital for our work to make our unique art education accessible more widely. We believe art education has the power to be transformative, because we all benefit from unlocking our individual creative potential: from personal wellbeing, to societal development and economic health.

As a Patron you will be supporting our vibrant artistic community by enabling us to:

  • Offer bursaries for our academic courses, enabling artistic excellence to be achieved by students from all walks of life
  • Provide local schoolchildren with free places on our Young Artists courses
  • Support art teachers nationwide through free professional development courses at a time of government underinvestment in art education
  • Provide free tuition to local charities working with disabled artists
  • Provide low cost studio space for artists in zone 1
  • Maintain and update our facilities to enable broader accessibility and to offer our students a high-quality experience

We welcome you to find out more about becoming a Patron by emailing, or by contacting Principal Rob Pepper directly at [email protected].

Tax-Effective Giving

If you are a UK taxpayer, your donation can qualify for tax relief under Gift Aid – so if you donate £600 to the Academy, we can claim an additional £150 from Inland Revenue. If you’re a higher-rate taxpayer, you can also benefit by claiming tax relief on your donation; for example, as a higher-rate taxpayer, you could claim up to £250 on a £1,000 donation, so your gift would only cost you £750.