Journal

LARA Needs Your Help

16-Jan-2017

Since 2008 LARA has been training artists to the highest skill level but sadly we have been informed we need to leave our building. We want to keep The London Atelier of Representational Art where it should be, in London, but we need your help to do it.


We need your help. 

The media is filled with story after story of artists being squeezed out of London, out of the precious spaces they’ve worked hard to carve out for themselves in the city.

We’ve worked tirelessly to protect our students and artists from this great London squeeze, but sadly it’s now happening to us. Our studio space is being pulled down to make room for more serviced offices as part of the wider gentrification of London.

We want to keep The London Atelier of Representational Art where it should be, London, but we need your help to do it.

The truly unique nature of our training means we needs a lot of physical space – each student needs room to work directly from life, we need room for life models, for casts that remain in the same spot, space for artists to think and grow.

Since our creation the rent prices in London have increased year on year. LARA has tried hardest to prevent those prices being passed onto the students who study with us. We have provided scholarships where we could. We’ve worked to allow students access to the best art education while continuing to live in one of the most expensive cities in the world. 

Representational Art is flourishing and our award-winning alumni are making waves in the art world with their skill and creativity. We’ve trained artists who have gone on to do amazing things and win prestigious prizes (including the Threadneedle Prize and BP Young Artist Award) and we want to continue - it’s what we live for. While the spaces in London shrink the demand for representational art training continues to grow and grow.

The Full Time and Part time courses at LARA are now a charity: The Friends of LARA (registered charity: 1163360). This Charity aims to support the continued running of LARA, to help us keep providing the training and support we have been offering since 2008.

What does this mean for now?

Firstly, don't panic. Our courses are running as normal including masterclasses, the Drawing and Painting Intensive and Summer School.

We have plans in the pipeline, are working tirelessly and we will be launching a crowdfunding campaign in the next few weeks.

But we are also asking you, our supporters, for your ideas and your creativity.

Have you worked in the arts? Helped support charities in their fundraising?

We need further Trustees who are versed in supporting charities like ours to secure funds. Could this be you? Please get in touch!

Do you have space?

Do you know anywhere that could support LARA in the interim? Do you know someone who would be able to give us space to keep running while we try to find a more permanent home? Please get in touch!

Are you an artist? Are you LARA alumni?

We need people who can donate rewards to the crowdfunding campaign we aim to launch in a few weeks. Are you able to donate a drawing? A painting? Your time? Please get in touch!

Would you like to help straight away?

The Friends of LARA are already accepting donations. If you would like to help us straight away it’s possible to donate. We'd appreciate anything you can give, no matter how large or small.

We are determined to survive. If you think you can help us do it we’d love to hear from you. We want to provide safe spaces for artists to train and grow and develop. We must protect our arts communities from the continual pressures of London. This is more than about us. This is about a way of life which is being increasingly threatened. London needs its art community, and we are it.


 

 

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