Your financial support of the Conservation Umbrella Fund will sustain the widely recognised excellence of the Art School’s conservation provision, and allow us to build further on the Conservation department’s national and international reach.

This is particularly important at a time when many conservation courses in the UK are threatened with closure (where they haven’t ceased already). Only a handful of BA & MA level conservation courses are secure at this time. The Art School is one of the few institutions which, due to its smaller size and independence, remains fully committed to conservation as a discipline and as an integral part of its ethos and mission, alongside Carving and Fine Art.

The UK Higher Education funding structure renders the Art School – as an independent, specialist, not-for-profit organisation – ineligible for public subsidy. So, our conservation training is delivered entirely without public sector support, or any other form of core funding, hence reliant on tuition fee income and private donations.

Due to the nature of our BA (Hons) Conservation and MA Conservation courses, curriculum learning is densely packed, with intensive one to one tuition, as well as significant use of materials and specialist equipment. So, it is not feasible to teach more than 50 students (8 on each pathway, per year of study) at any one time, making the per student cost relatively high at any time and particularly so given the current significant increase in energy and material costs.

Therefore, to support our unique Conservation department in its vitally important work, the Art School has established a new fund and is seeking support from the industry, professionals and all those with an interest in the teaching of this specialist subject.


The Art School will be pleased to acknowledge donors on the following platforms:

– Website: 210,000 new users over the last 12 months.

– Social Media: over 20,000 followers.

– Newsletter: 8,000 subscribers and growing.

– Events: London Craft Week, Graduate Shows and London Open House, which attract 3,500 visitors across the year.

We will be delighted to keep donors up to date on activity in the Conservation department and include you in our future Supporter and VIP events.


How you can support the Conservation Umbrella Fund

The Art School is seeking contributions of £1,000 (or more) annually to this new fund from industry professionals, and all those with an interest in ensuring the continued high-quality training of the next generation of expert conservators to preserve objects, books, paper collections and heritage for the future.

Your support will assist with the following priority areas:

– Teaching materials – pigments, chemicals, leather, gold leaf and specialist paper;

– An enhanced annual equipment budget and specialist equipment acquisitions;

– Specialist teaching from guest tutors;

– Projects – new national and international collaborations and on-site projects.



Please donate online via our PayPal campaign. Alternatively, to make a donation by BACS please instruct a bank transfer to:

Account Name: City and Guilds of London Art School

Account Number: 00475203    Sort Code: 20-80-57

IBAN: GB40BUKB20805700475203  SWIFT: BUKBGB22

Please quote ‘Conservation Fund’ as reference


Thank you for your support.


With thanks to those who have already become supporters of the Conservation Department Fund:

Shepherds Bookbinders Ltd
Museum Conservation Services Ltd
Dr Timothy Schroder
Peter Harrington Foundation


Contact us

Hannah Travers, Head of Development & External Relations to discuss any other forms of support: or 020 7091 1689

As a not-for-profit organisation, with no direct government or other core funding, we have very limited hardship funding available for students who find themselves with an unexpected change of circumstances during the course of their studies. Support in these critical moments can make all the difference, allowing the student to remain on the course.
If you are able to contribute to our Student Hardship Fund your gift would assist vulnerable students in urgent need of support towards essential living costs, or who find themselves having lost financial support from their families due to changes in circumstance.

If you do feel able to donate towards this fund please click on the button below that will take you to our new campaign:

For further enquiries, please contact Hannah Travers, Head of Development & External Relations:

The Art School has a long history of providing financial support to students, based on need and merit. Bursary and scholarship support is essential to be able to offer talented students access to our specialist courses, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Due to the Art School’s status as independent provider, our students have limited access to current sources of Student Loan funding that only covers a portion of the tuition fees:

  • Students on undergraduate courses – BA (Hons) Fine Art, BA (Hons) Conservation and BA (Hons) Carving – have access to Student Loans if they do not hold a previous degree, but only up to £6,150. Some students therefore need support to cover the gap between the loan and the full tuition fees.
  • A significant number of students on undergraduate courses (in particular in such subjects as Conservation) hold a prior degree and therefore are not eligible for Student Loans.
  • Unlike undergraduate students, Foundation students do not have access to Student Loans and are not eligible for fee subsidy by the Local Education Authority.

The annual financial assistance pool currently allows the School to assist ca. 30% of undergraduate and postgraduate students each year, across our departments. We are working to increase this both to benefit more students, and to be able to offer higher levels of support to individual students with specific needs. We are also keen to increase scholarship support for students of particular talent and promise.

If you would like to discuss supporting a new bursary, please contact Hannah Travers, Head of Development & External Relations:

Since 2010, the Art School has embarked on an ambitious programme of renovations and enhancements of studios and facilities on the Kennington site it has occupied since 1879. The Masterplan for the project, established in 2008 under the direction of Alan Higgs Architects, is based on a phased delivery, with work taking place each year during the summer recess.

After completed Phase 1 of the project’s Masterplan – the full refurbishment of the Art School’s Georgian buildings – Spring 2017 saw the completion of Phase 2: the creation of a new entrance and barrier free access to the our historical campus.

We are hugely grateful to all the donors who supported our progress, contributing a total of £3.35 million to the success of these first two phases. You can read further details here.

Alongside the completion of Phase 2, a design study was conducted to review the proposals for the final Phase 3 of the Art School’s masterplan: the renovation and partial redevelopment of the Victorian and Edwardian studio buildings and the stoneyard area at the rear of the site. Again carried out under the direction of Alan Higgs Architects, taking the scheme designs to full feasibility and planning by late 2018.

If you would like more information or to contribute to the project, please contact Head of Development & External Relations, Hannah Travers on

The Principal’s Fund has been established to enhance our core provision and create opportunities that will align with our key values, which include:

– Ensuring very high levels of contact time between our 230 students and our teaching staff of 80+ practising artists and other expert professionals
– Providing dedicated work space for students on all of our courses, supporting a daily commitment to practice and ‘learning through making’
– Operating specialist resources and workshops to support hands-on skill development including drawing, woodworking, casting, etching and glass-working
– Collaborating with leading institutions and organisations, providing students with rare insights and experiences of professions and careers in the Arts and Heritage Sector

Being independent means that the Art School receives no direct revenue funding from government. The Principal’s Fund is intended to enhance our core provision and create increased opportunities for students, helping to ensure that the most promising individuals can thrive on our courses. Gifts to the Principal’s Fund are directed towards the areas of greatest need, including student support, as well as new initiatives. As such, your support has a tangible impact, enabling us to uphold our commitment to our mission and to develop for the future.

Download the Principal’s Fund brochure and donation form here or click the button below to donate online.

For further enquiries, please contact Hannah Travers, Head of Development & External Relations:

If you are passionate about a specific discipline that we teach, a great way to facilitate its vitality is to support the post of those artists and professionals who deliver the teaching and transmit their knowledge, skills and experience to generations of students.

If you would like to discuss supporting a teaching post, please contact Hannah Travers, Head of Development & External Relations:


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