HSoA and the community

Reaching out to the community

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Students at the Seven Dials Art Group workshop

Our outreach work is part of the school’s historical DNA. We collaborate closely with a number of specialist centres who are working with fragile and vulnerable people. Currently, we are working with the Seven Dials Art Group, Henderson Court and WDP - a rehabilitation organisation – providing specialist art tuition. The school is also piloting a scheme called Drawn Together, where students are encouraged to identify people in their neighbourhood who are housebound and to set up a drawing club with them, visiting on a regular basis.

Hampstead School of Art and U3A London (University of the Third Age London) is an exciting partnership between two organisations whose mission is to serve people by creating high quality learning opportunities and widen participation through the Covent Garden Outreach Group. 

Hampstead School of Art in partnership with U3A London is delighted that the Covent Garden Outreach project 'Drawn Together’ has grown so substantially over the last 8 months, we are now planning a second art group

Participant feedback is excellent and many report that the art group is what they look forward to most each week.

“My hands feel more flexible and thinking through the projects that the tutor sets is fun and keeps me thinking,” says Anne.

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Experimental Sculpture class, Wednesday afternoons led by tutor Paul Badger

The strength of the school is that it enables students of every age and background to receive professional tuition from working artists in many mediums and subjects. HSoA offers after-school childrens’ provision and art classes for kids and adults at the weekends, including Sunday art school, as part of the 700 learning spaces available every week.

Hampstead School of Art is uniquely independent and self-funding. Our general courses are non selective and offer opportunities to everyone. Course fees are kept to a minimum with many of our classes costing just £6 an hour. We endeavour to keep our outgoings to a minimum and our board of trustees ensure the finances are kept  under strict control.

Many young students have obtained places at leading London art schools and have subsequently embarked on promising careers. We offer work experience opportunities and are proud that many of our students train or retrain at the school, forming a valuable input to the commercial art and design world. The school runs part-time and full-time level 3 Foundation Diploma Courses and a Fine Art Advanced Course, degree level and is a post graduate centre of learning.