At LFAS we develop 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, in ways that are enriching and involving.
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 an 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 our committed talented young artists to pursue their studies and training in figurative art through scholarships. These 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 collaborated with the de Laszlo Foundation to produce a short film on the enduring legacy of Philip de László.
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 our supply shop 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 the Leighton House Museum website.
Dulwich Picture Gallery – founded in 1811, it was the first purpose-built public art gallery. 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.
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, talks and live portrait painting demonstrations. You will also find our artists’ work on display and represented by galleries at the fair.
National Army Museum – The National Army Museum is the leading authority on the British Army and its impact on society past and present. It seeks to inspire, engage and educate through the museum.
London Fine Art Studios is proud to be working with the National Army Museum on numerous projects. In conjunction with the exhibitions “Alfred Munnings War Artist 1918” and “Call in the Cavalry”, Ann Witheridge did a live portrait demonstration of a soldier in uniform. This summer we will be their artist in residence, launching with a portrait demonstration of WW2 army veteran Betty Webb MBE by Ann, followed by 4 further portrait demonstrations by London Fine Art Studios artists. This will culminate in a pastel portrait workshop led by Ann in October. This activity is in conjunction with NAM’s current exhibitions: The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games and Rise of the Lionesses: 70 years of the Women’s Royal Army Corps.
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.
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 life.
Not only will you find LFAS artists taking part and exhibiting their final piece in Chelsea Old Town Hall, but you can also attend workshops with Ann and Scott on landscape painting techniques and materials.
Viewing the Invisible Project – Viewing the Invisible brings together scientists and artists to explore the similarities in their working methods. The exhibition is a multi-faceted display including videos, photographs, paintings and text, as well as an accompanying events programme at the National Portrait Gallery and Kings College.
Classic Car Boot Sale – The Classic Car Boot Sale is a celebration of sustainable shopping, where you can find quality second hand and vintage clothing, memorabilia and homewares alongside upcycled accessories and gifts – all sold out of beautiful classic vehicles.
LFAS has hosted a weekend painting and drawing demonstration, as well as a drop-in drawing workshop at the Coal Yard. It was a free workshop for all ages to try their hand at drawing a swinging sixties model against a vintage car.
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.
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