Friends of LARA

Friends of LARA

The Friends of LARA Charity aims to provide scholarships and bursaries to students who would otherwise be unable to access an atelier education.


our purpose

The Friends of LARA Charity believes that gifted artists shouldn't be excluded from receiving the best possible education because of individual personal circumstances and/or a financially disadvantaged background.

Our principles are rooted in equal opportunities for all students with the ability and potential to make an exceptional contribution to the Arts.

The objective of the Friends of LARA Charity is to advance, for the benefit of the public, the education of students at the London Atelier of Representational Art by providing scholarships, bursaries, facilities or equipment. It also pursues other ancillary educational and associated activities for the benefit of the Community, and promotes and fulfils other charitable objectives beneficial to the Community as the Trustees may decide from time to time.

In addition, the Charity works to create opportunities for artists in order to promote and showcase their talents, while simultaneously advancing their professional development.

Overall, the work of the Charity sets out to ensure that any gifted student can apply to study at LARA and be supported as they fulfil their creative talent.

Registered Charity: 1163360


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Meet the Trustees

Our Board of Trustees come from all walks of life but are united by a passion for the Arts. Their individual skills provide robust governance to the charity and they ensure that the money we raise is used in the best possible way.

  • Lottie Tollman

    Lottie Tollman


    Lottie Tollman is a Chartered Surveyor at Cushman & Wakefield with a background in International Real Estate. In addition to property, Lottie has a passion for the Arts and local community engagement.

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  • John Amphlet

    John Amphlet


    John held a number of Senior Management positions throughout his career in industry. Upon retirement he devoted much of his time to mentoring small businesses through the Prince's Trust and local enterprise agencies, ...

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  • Matthew McDonald

    Matthew McDonald


    Matthew McDonald is a chartered accountant and senior financial consultant who has worked for a number of leading global institutions including Goldman Sachs, ING Bank, Cantor Fitzgerald and Arthur Andersen.

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    Support Us

    Friends of LARA Charity is a non-profit independent organisation (registered charity in England and Wales no.1163360). Our work and success, depends on the generous donations of individuals, businesses, trusts and foundations. We aim to provide support to students who would otherwise be unable to access an atelier training and in doing so, to maintain the traditional method of training painters.

    If you share our belief that no student should be deterred from applying to, or prevented from studying at LARA for financial reasons, please give today. Thank you to all our supporters.

    2. BACS Transfer

    Make a BACS transfer to the Friends of LARA Charitable Trust:

    Barclays Bank
    Sort Code: 20-67-49
    Account Number: 93898806

    3. Send a Cheque

    Friends of LARA
    371 Clapham Road
    London, SW9 9BT

    Please include any specific instructions and requests as to how you would like your donation to be spent.


    Gift Aid

    Make the most of your gift Every £5 you donate could be worth £6.25. To make this possible, we ask all UK taxpayers to make a Gift Aid Declaration.* I confirm I have paid or will pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for the current tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) that I donate to will reclaim on my gifts for the current tax year. I understand that other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. I understand the charity will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I have given. I will notify the charity if I want to cancel this declaration or change my name or home address or no longer pay sufficient tax on my income and/or capital gains.

    *If you pay income tax at the higher or additional rate and wish to receive the additional tax relief due to you, please note that you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self Assessment tax return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code.

    How To Leave A Gift In Your Will

    Leaving a gift in your will to the Friends of LARA Trust is straightforward and tax efficient. As a registered charity, a bequest to the Friends of LARA Trust is free of Inheritance Tax so your gift can reduce the amount of your estate liable for tax.

    If you are a beneficiary of a bequest you can transfer all or part of the bequest to the Trust under a Deed of Variation. Not only will LARA benefit from your gift during your lifetime but the gift itself will be transferred free of Inheritance Tax. There are different types of bequests which can make a real difference to the future of the School: please click the button below to find out about the options.

    Leaving gifts to charity in your will

    charity auction

    Portrait drawing by former scholarship student Radoslav Topolov (LARA Alumni). All proceeds will go to Friends of LARA Charity. Please submit your bid. Starting bid £1,500.00

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