About us

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Contemporary studio-based fine arts practice, built on traditional skills

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As a practitioners’ art school, we are committed to teaching essential practical skills that form the foundation of a career or adventure in the visual arts. Our teaching artists lead by example and provide excellent studio-based tuition, putting you at the heart of a uniquely supportive environment, creating an inspirational relationship between knowledge and practice. Our community programme, ‘Drawn Together’ focuses on taking art to those who cannot come to HSoA.

HSoA was founded by Hampstead Artists’ Council (HAC) in 1946 as a community art education charity by Jeanette Jackson and Bernard Gay with the patronage of Henry Moore, Lord Cottesloe, Oswald Milne and Sir Kenneth Clark. Their vision was the establishment of a centre where the appreciation and enjoyment of art could be shared by people, whatever their age, background and ability – a vision that inspires the HSoA community to this day.  

We are proud to be the oldest, non- profit, art-making and learning centre in north London.

Located in a new purpose-built building in Hampstead’s Kidderpore Green development, close to Hampstead Heath, HSoA is steeped in the vibrant cultural and artistic tradition of the area, following in the footsteps of John Constable, Lucian Freud and many others who have lived and worked in Hampstead.

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Our Board of Trustees

Hampstead School of Art is a registered UK charity governed by a board of trustees who are responsible for the financial and legal probity of the school’s activities. The trustees bring experience to and knowledge of a range of disciplines, including business, legal, financial, communications and design.

Position Name
Chair Angela Franklin
Vice-Chair Reg Boorer
Treasurer Robert Goodall
Trustee Cynthia Barlow
Trustee Nicky Aubury

Terms and Conditions

Fees are payable in advance in full and are non-refundable. Payments can be made by credit or debit card. Ring 020 7794 1439 or come to the office, which is open 9–8pm weekdays, 9–5.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays 10–3pm.

Hampstead School of Art is a self-funding, non-profitmaking, community art education charity. Credits for missed classes are not available. It is, however, possible to make up two missed classes within the same term only, if there is a place in the class of your choice. It is possible change classes if there is a place in an alternative class that term. Several courses are especially designed for beginners. Unless otherwise stated, classes are suitable for all levels.

The School does not accept liability for loss or damage to materials or art work left in the School; belongings are left at the students’ own risk. The School cannot accept responsibility for any accident or mishap subject to anything in the general law to the contrary.

Course prices are correct at the time of publication. Changes to courses and/or other activities, including exhibitions, are made at the Principal’s discretion. Please inform the school if you have a medical condition that we need to be aware of. HSoA reserves the right to cancel, combine or reschedule courses or substitute tutors as necessary. Students agree to the Student Charter on registration.