Journal

Would You Join Us In Bristol?

30-Jan-2017

Many of you suggested you would be interested in joining us if we had a space outside of London. Due to property prices being lower in Bristol we have been able to find a space at The Old Library on Trinity Road that would meet our varied needs. We would love to know how many of you would join us!


We would like to thank the many of you who contacted us after our recent post about the property problems we are facing in London.

Many of you suggested you would be interested in joining us if we had a space outside of London. Due to property prices being lower in Bristol we have been able to find a space at The Old Library on Trinity Road (pictured) that would meet our varied needs. This space would be able to hold sixteen full-time students as well as a full compliment of workshops, evening classes, weekend classes and drop-in life drawing.

We would love to know if you would be interested in joining us in Bristol and finding out more about your opinions on a LARA branch opening there. We are intending to remain in London if possible, and will shortly be launching a crowdfunding campaign in order to support this stay, but securing a space outside of the capital would guarantee our ability to keep running.

Located just off Old Market, The Old Library was built in 1896 in the ‘Jacobethan’ style and was designed by the architect William Venn Gough who also designed the city’s famous Cabot Tower. In that year modern realist painting was in its golden era; John Singer Sargent was 43, Anders Zorn was 36, and Cecilia Beaux was 41, all that the height of their powers. We hope that this space would prove to be an inspiring environment for our students.

Just adjacent to our new site is the Trinity Arts Centre, which hosts a range of arts and music events and has a café and outside picnic area for students to relax in during breaks, in the summer months. Additionally, nearby Old Market has a plethora of lively café’s, artists studios and watering holes for lunches and after school fun.

Teaching at LARA Bristol would be lead by Tom Greenwood, LARA alumnus, RBA Rome Scholar and sometime tutor in London. The full-time curriculum would follow the proven LARA syllabus of cast drawing and painting, figure drawing and painting, still life and portraiture with lectures in artistic anatomy, colour theory, artist materials and other technical areas. Seamless integration with LARA London would mean students would be able to switch between locations without altering their progress through the LARA programme of study.

Please get in touch to let us know your thoughts and if you would be interested in joining us on a full or part time basis, or for workshops.


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