Miriam Escofet’s Friday Class Student Exhibition.

Miriam Escofet has curated an exhibition of work by her Friday students. All the work on display was produced during her incredibly popular ‘Alchemy of Oil Painting’ class.

The course focuses on the classical techniques and processes of oil painting, covering drawing, ground preparation, underpainting and glazes.

The show will be up around the school until the 12th of May.


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In Memory of Danny Cuming



Not just an artist, a musician and one of Heatherley’s coolest tutors, but very much our friend. It would be hard ever to forget that certain ’Danny’ sense of humour. And he had a wicked way with irony, in art as in life. Seriously, no one could fail to respect the depth of his knowledge and understanding of the processes of art. How it could elevate and celebrate the ordinary places and things in life which are real and which we love. Danny was one of those special teachers who remains in the hearts of his students. Long will he be remembered by them for the generosity and sincerity with which he passed on his belief in the power of painting to all those lucky enough to be taught by him and to know him as a valued colleague.

When Danny’s famous energy and sheer gutsiness began to fade we were moved to tears by stories of his courage and of the determination he had to carry on painting as long as he could physically hold a paint brush. He left us just as another show of his wonderful paintings went up on the walls of the Albert Hall in Kensington.

Thanks for the memories Danny, thanks for everything.

Royal Albert Hall and Teenage Cancer Trust Present
Open to the public free of charge Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th March 2018. 10am – 4pm.


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A Portrait of Heatherleys – Private View


Allan Ramsay high res copy

A Portrait of Heatherleys – Private View

Tuesday 24th April  – 6pm – 8pm

The Heatherley School of Fine Art

An exhibition of photographic portraits featuring the Heatherley School of Fine Art staff by Aliona Adrianova.

‘My goal for this project was to reflect life at Heatherley’s through my own lens. The process of creating this viewpoint made me look closer at the creative environment of the school and the inspiring personalities that make it. And I hope that it will also allow the community to become closer by looking at each other in new ways’ Aliona Adrianova


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John Lessore Talk – on Teaching Drawing


Free Talk by John Lessore – The Teaching of Drawing

4.30pm, The Heatherley School of Fine Art, Chelsea

19th March 2018

John Lessore was born in London in 1939 and grew up in a family of practising artists. He went to the Slade under Coldstream, 1957 to 1961, and then to Italy on an Abbey Minor travelling scholarship. His chief teachers were his mother, who was the painter Helen Lessore, and Tom Monnington. John was a co-founder of the Royal Drawing School in 2000 and was a trustee of The National Gallery, London, from 2003-11. He taught from 1965 to 1999 at the Royal Academy Schools and from 1978 to 1986 he co-ran the Life Room at Norwich School of Art with John Wonnacott. John’s work is in many private and public collections including Tate, The British Museum and the Royal Academy. Major recent commissions include the double portrait of Jeremy Dixon and Edward Jones and the group portrait of Six Paralympic Athletes, both in the National Portrait Gallery. He lives and works in London, East Anglia and France.

In this talk Lessore will discuss the teaching of drawing, a subject he is passionate about. He will cover his own background, which is very dominated by the French tradition, illustrated by drawings by the great artists of the past from quattrocentro onwards.

This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


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Tax Tips for Artists – Free Talk by Katherine Tyrrell


A Free Talk by Katherine Tyrrell (author of ‘Making A Mark – and the creator of “Arts Business Info for Artists)

5th March 2018: 4.30pm – 5.30pm.  

The Heatherley School of Fine Art, 75 Lots Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 0RN.

Tax Tips for Artists
For all those who want to get on top of their tax affairs before any omissions or errors catch up with them!
– why – and when – you need to register for tax
– why being a hobby artist is different from an artist who MUST do a business tax return
the difference between a personal tax return and a business tax return
– timescales for getting on top of your tax
– what records you need to keep
– what you need to declare
– what you can and can’t claim as expenses and allowances against tax
– how to pay your tax
– one thing you MUST know about VAT!

About Katherine Tyrrell
Katherine Tyrrell writes about art, art competitions, exhibitions and the art business. She also videos and interviews artists. Her perspective on art is influenced by her business and marketing background.

Numerous artists around the world read what Katherine has to say on her blogs, websites, Facebook Pages and various art magazines – and watch her videos. For over 12 years she has been covering art, artists, media, exhibitions, art competitions and the art business on her very popular and highly rated blog Making A Mark (12 million+ pageviews to date).

In the past three years she has been developing new websites (e.g. “Art Business Info. for Artists” https://www.artbusinessinfo.com/) to unlock her archive and make useful information about art more accessible – for free! In 2016, she wrote a series of ten articles about ‘Cost Effective Ideas for Artists’ for ‘The Artist’ magazine.

She also draws and is the author of a book about drawing and sketching published in the UK, USA and Asia. She helped found London Urban Sketchers and ‘The Times’ newspaper featured her sketchbook blog.

Prior to early retirement, she worked for and with government and her professional career background covers business management, marketing and consultancy.

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Work from the Bankside Staff Show 2018

For those who couldn’t make it to our Bankside Staff Show in person last month please see the online gallery below. The work will also be on display at Heatherleys itself until the 23rd of February for our students to view.

please see the online gallery below. The work will also be on display at Heatherleys itself until the 23rd of February for our students to view.


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The Bankside Staff Show Private View 2018

We had a fantastic turn-out last week for our fifth annual Staff Show at the Bankside Gallery. Thank you so much to everyone who came along and made it such a great evening; have a look at the gallery below to see if you can spot yourself.

Photos of the works will be posted shortly.

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