At LFAS we believe in the art of collaboration. By developing partnerships with a range of organisations, in London and beyond, we hope to expose our artists to new and interesting ways of applying their art and furthering their career.
We also hope that these projects invite more people to encounter the arts, sometimes for the first time, in ways that are enriching and non-dogmatic.
Patrons & Sponsors
The de Laszlo Foundation – set up to support research and training in keeping with the legacy of Philip de László.
Philip de László (1869 – 1937) was dedicated and prolific, from humble origins he became one of the most accomplished portrait artists of his time. By the end of his career he had painted leading international figures and amassed an extensive collection of work. Today he is inspiration to many aspiring figurative artists.
We are grateful to the Foundation for their ongoing endorsement of the school. Since 2014 the Foundation has supported talented young artists to pursue their studies and training in figurative art. The scholarships have not only provided critical financial assistance, they have also acted as a vote of confidence and done much to springboard these artists into the professional sphere. Recipients have gone on to win awards, host solo exhibitions and secure representation further afield.
LFAS has more recently collaborated with the de Laszlo Foundation to produce a short film on the enduring legacy of Philip de László.
Partners & Projects
Affordable Art Fair – Each year the Fair showcases galleries and artists with the intention of making art affordable and accessible to a broader public. Founded by Will Ramsay in London in 1999 it now has an international scope.
LFAS has enjoyed a colourful partnership with the Fair, popping up at its Battersea Park Venue to give workshops and live Portrait Painting Demonstrations. You will also find some of our artists’ work on display and represented by galleries at the fair.
Central School of Ballet – Since 1982 CSB has been training students in a range of dance styles. Over this time, the school has gained an outstanding international reputation and produced professional dancers in all genres.
Over ten weeks, 5 LFAS artists studied the movement and anatomy of 3rd year dancers as they rehearsed in their studio space. Taking inspiration from the likes of Dégas they were challenged to find ways of conveying the ephemeral and delicate movement of their young subjects.
Once in situ they were also drawn, unexpectedly, to the play of light, the demeanor of the Ballet Mistress and the energy of the pianist thus re-affirming the unpredictable nature, challenges and rewards of working from life.
Leighton House Museum – home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896), is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century, containing a fascinating collection of paintings and sculpture by Leighton and his contemporaries.
London Fine Art Studios continues to work with the Museum on a number of activities, all of them open to the public:
Ann Witheridge, founder of LFAS, leads the hugely popular life-drawing classes in Leighton’s Grand Studio. A wonderful opportunity to draw from the life model in this spectacular north lit studio.
Director of Lavender Hill Colours, Scott Pohlschmidt is also a regular contributor to the programme, sharing his specialist knowledge through his Materials Workshops.
LFAS artists have also completed residencies at the Museum, had their work displayed in the Winter Studio and regularly pop up with painting and drawing demonstrations.
For an up-to-date list of activities please visit Leighton House Museum website.
Dulwich Picture Gallery – founded in 1811, it was the first purpose built public art gallery and today it is home to a magnificent collection of European Masters.
To mark the temporary exhibition of Van Dyck’s self-portrait, acquired for the nation by the National Portrait Gallery, two artists were selected to work in the gallery space for 10 weeks. During this time they created a body of work inspired by the self-portrait and the permanent collection and exhibited in the Linbury Studio.
LFAS also gave workshops and demonstrations at the gallery and participated in the making of this short video on Old Master Techniques. More details on the artists and workshops here.
Pintar Rapido – London’s largest plein air painting festival. Each year artists of all levels and backgrounds gather on the streets of Kensington and Chelsea to paint their favourite outdoor scene. The work must be completed in a day and from real life.
Not only will you find LFAS artists taking part and exhibiting their final piece in Chelsea Old Town Hall, you can also attend workshops with Ann and Scott on the landscaping painting techniques and the best materials to take with you.
Watts Gallery – Ann and Joni have been doing a series of portrait painting demonstrations at the Watts Gallery near Guildford. The next one will be held in his studio.
Seeing the Invisible Project –
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