Top 10 Art Schools to Find Fresh Art in London

Top 10 Art Schools to Find Fresh Art in London

By Laura Smith

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Contemporary art is becoming more accessible to the general public than ever before. This growth is immeasurably valuable to connecting you, the culture aficionado, with talented emerging artists around the world. It’s understood in the industry to develop as a collector you must be obsessed with research. However, when you’re getting started, it’s hard to know where to begin. We’re here to help you! One of the best places to find emerging contemporary artists is an art school showcase. Flooded with rising graduates scouted by the best galleries, art schools are the go-to for quality collection pieces ahead of the game and a cost suitable for a budding collector.

Check out London’s Top Ten Art Schools, you’ll be hard pressed to not find perspectives and materials that are begging to be part of your exclusive new collection. 

 1. Royal College of Art
Ranked #1 for art and design three years in a row, Royal College of Art London is the only entirely post-graduate art university in the world. Producing artists such as: David Hockney and Zandra Rhodes. Each year they hold Work-In-Progress shows and Showcases open to visitors. Follow their twitter @studio_RCA for upcoming shows/events.

2. Central Saint Martins at UAL
Known for progressive, liberal art education. Artists such as: Shantell Martin and Marc Jacobs attended CSM. They hold two open graduate shows each year in May and December. Check out their events website for all the details!

3. Goldsmiths College
This program influences artists with accelerated ideas of how art impresses upon society; known for artists Damien Hurst and Vivienne Westwood. Online they have a catalogue of exhibitions and shows by calendar month.

4. The Slade School of Fine Art at UCL
Ranked #5 in the world by The Times Higher Education publication, it focuses on imaginative, experimental work and studio led research. Alumni include Richard Hamilton. The degree show website provides a catalogue in May and the show is accessible to the public in June.

5. Chelsea College of Art at UAL
Focusing on highly engaged studio work ranging from sculpture to textiles. In January, two graduates were selected to take part in a new contemporary art gallery exhibition in London. I suggest attending their events posted regularly on their blog.

6. Ruskin School of Art at Oxford
One of London’s top art schools producing graduate work that excels in theory, practice and collaboration. Both the Saatchi Gallery and Simon Preston Gallery in New York exhibits work by Ruskin Alumni. See their website for upcoming shows and existing work.

7. University of East London
UEL graduate program is led by 1992 Turner Prize winner Grenville Davey; dedicated to ‘real world’ projects, it culminates in a significant degree show for the graduates at the end of the year. Go to Exhibitions

8. Kingston University London
Graduate artists are held to a high degree of investigation, and interdisciplinary connections between curatorial collaboration and their own professional practice, notable alumni include: David Nash and Eric Clapton. Degree shows are June 2-8.

9. Camberwell College of Arts at UAL
Producing an incredibly eclectic group of students, mediums range from design, digital fine art, book arts and illustration, with a strong emphasis on cultural impression. Keep a keen eye on their schedule, shows pop up and go by quickly!

10. Royal Academy of Arts
Britain’s first art school, led by passionate working artists. The students produce work as collections. Visit their online catalogue or check out their calendar for your opportunity to visit!