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As the school celebrated its 70th Anniversary year, British abstract painters Frank Bowling RA OBE and Alan Gouk became our first artist patrons since Henry Moore in 1947.

Team Frank

Frank Bowling OBE RA

Frank Bowling OBE RA is a Guyana born British trained artist, and elected member of the Royal Academy of Art. Frank has work in many permanent collections including the Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Tate.

Team Alan

Alan Gouk

Alan is widely admired and respected as a pre-eminent abstract painter, and he has consistently produced paintings of exceptional quality which explore the architecture of art through colour and form. His work is in many collections, including the Tate.

Team Francisco

Francisco Gazitua

is an internationally acclaimed sculptor highly regarded in his native Chile. After studying extensively, Gazitua took his postgraduate degree in sculpture at St Martin’s School of Art, London, where he lectured for several years.


As a registered UK charity HSoA is governed by a board of trustees whom are responsible for the financial and legal probity of the school’s activities.

Angela Franklin


Reg Boorer


Cynthia Barlow


Nicky Auburry


Robert Goodall



Isabel H Langtry, Principal, HSoA

Prior to her appointment as Principal, Isabel Langtry was Director of ADA, an independent Art & Design assessment and external examination body. Before that she held various management and teaching positions in both further education and adult and community learning. Isabel trained at St Martin’s School of Art, in Pure Sculpture, at postgraduate level.

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photograph of HSoA tutor and principal edited in front of one of her works

Support Staff

Our office-based team are the linchpin of the school. They are responsible for the day-to-day operations, and are the first point of contact for students.

Anat Sherman

Director of the School

Charlotte S.

Junior Bursar

Martin Darbyshire

Head of Sculpture & Administrator

Eleanor Chapman


Caitlin Reid

Communications Coordinator

Phil Amy

Technician & Administrator

Lesley Robb