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Isabel H Langtry
— Principal HSoA Foundation Course Director, Advanced Course Director

“I am delighted to be leading an art school that makes such a valuable contribution to lifelong learning. Hampstead School of Art is all about the wonder of learning and the impact learning and making art has in developing personal potential and creating new opportunities.

The HSoA team are experts in unleashing the artist at all stages of development.

In addition to over seventy years of delivery the art school provides an exceptional range of fine art and applied art classes for students, maintaining an excellent programme of events and exhibitions seven days a week.

As a professional artist you may join us in order to develop your practice in our purpose built studios, if learning for personal or professional development or well-being, you will gain essential skills and access higher education if you wish, whether for career development or simply for a change. Our vision is for our students' ambitions to be inspired through working alongside our teaching-artists.

Children are also a hugely important part of Hampstead School of Art and we are passionate about celebrating their potential. We care about the benefits creativity can have for children's development and well-being and we want to inspire the next generation of artists and creatives. Young people tell us that this way of working inspires their thinking and enriches their approach to subjects right across their learning.

Our widening participation programme takes art learning into the community and our in-reach programme means that bursaries are created which further widen our reach.”

Isabel H Langtry was born in Lagos, Nigeria, her Spanish and British heritage are an essential part of her cultural DNA.

She studied at the Faculty of Art and Design at Hull University and then at the celebrated Advanced Course at St Martin’s School of Art, London.

Her early work emphasised her interest in Megaliths, Iberian, Mesoamerican and African artworks and the search for form and meaning. These developed with a structural emphasis focusing on the relationship between shapes and the lines those shapes made. Later a range of works developed which fused these areas of investigation.

Her first major exhibition was held at the Whitechapel Education Gallery London.

She delivered a series of public lectures 'Sculptures in the 20th Century' at Tate Britain which then toured to galleries and museums including Leeds City Art Gallery, The Ferens Art Gallery Hull, Castle Howard, Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester, and the Institute of Contemporary Art Madrid.

Following her appointment as lead artist for StudioE Architect’s new building in Brook Green, London, I H Langtry’s work became more monumental, partly in response to the series of significant commissions.

Her objectives as a sculptor are to produce large-scale works for public spaces with the aim of bringing communities together creating new heritage and communal memories. Her series of large scale works have been exhibited on Hampstead Heath. Public works are permanently installed in Beijing Olympic Park China, West London, Camden in North London, the Tramuntana Mountains of Mallorca, Riyahd, Santiago Chile, Istria, Galicia Spain, other works are in process.

Appointed as commissioning curator for an ambitious new sculpture garden at Hampstead Manor this project has just been completed.

I H Langtry works collaboratively with architects, scientists and other creative partners.


Isabel H Langtry with Sculpture Picassos Petals in white
Bliss at the Beijing Olympic Park
Steel Sculpture by Isabel H Langtry