The Heatherley School Of Fine Art

Founded in 1845, Heatherleys is the oldest independent art school in London and is among the few art colleges in Britain that focus purely on portraiture, figurative painting and sculpture.

Burne Jones, Rossetti, Millais, Lord Leighton, Russell Flint, Michael Ayrton and Sickert are numbered amongst its former students as was the first Principal of the Slade School of Art, Sir Edmund Poynter and an early Principal of the Royal College of Art, Walter Crane.

Heatherleys was the first school to admit women on equal terms with men. In 1845, a group of students of the Government School of Design in Somerset House, unable to tolerate any longer the academic restrictions imposed on them, began to work as a separate class in Dickenson's Drawing Gallery, 18 Maddox Street. In 1848 'Dickenson's became Leigh's and moved to Newman Street with James Matthews Leigh as Principal. When he retired, his pupil and assistant Thomas J. Heatherley took over the school and ran it for nearly thirty years without a break. and


United Kingdom

75 Lots Road
Phone: 020 7351 4190
Fax: 020 7351 6945
Website: http://www.heatherleys.or

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Our Aims

Heatherley's is controlled by an educational charity.
The Thomas Heatherley Educational Trust.

Registered in England No 977615. Registered Charity No 312872

Heatherley's offers both vocational and part time courses and caters for all age ranges over 17.  

Location and Getting there

Heatherley's is situated west of Chelsea close to the River Thames and Chelsea Harbour. London's museums, galleries and theatres are all within easy access.  

Academic Staff and Description  

News and Events  

Information For  Undergraduates

Heatherley offers four full time courses.

The Diploma in Portraiture
The Diploma in Figurative Sculpture
The Diploma in Painting and Printmaking
Continuing Studies / Portfolio Course  

Information For  Postgraduates

Heatherleys offers a post-diploma course in Portraiture and another in Figurative Sculpture.  

Information For  International Students

Those requiring Home Office Student Visas must be registered as attending one of the full-time courses for a minimum of 15 hours per week. We do not charge an overseas premium.

Fee must be paid in full before the school can issue a visa entitlement certificate.

Student Facilities

Facilities available to students include:

Spacious painting studios with large windows providing exceptional natural light
An excellent teacher/student ratio
A teaching staff made up of practising artists
An unrivalled location
Close to the river, in the heart of Chelsea, central London,
Easy access to the city's many art galleries and museums
Dedicated sculpture studios
Print room
Expert technical staff
Access to experienced models on all courses
Off site drawing and painting days in nearby parks, by the river, in art galleries
Special lectures in fine art theory and practice
A well stocked art library
Seminar room with video facilities
School shop selling artists materials
School car park  

Student Life  

Student Testimonials

Garan Davis
Sculpture Diploma

Heatherley’s is a great school to attend for the student with aspirations in pursuing a career in art. Classes are set within a friendly social environment where students will feel at ease while attending class. Also Heatherley’s newly built school provides a sunny, clean and safe atmosphere.

During the two-year Sculpture Diploma course, teachers work in concert to elicit skills from the student and harbour their creativity. The faculty’s wide bank of knowledge and experience, combined with a course rooted in traditional and contemporary practices, provides a truly unique experience. This is also reinforced with a highly generous amount of studio time for second year sculpture students.

Arunas Survilla
Continuing Studies

'Heatherley's Continuing Studies course has been very helpful to me in making my application for further studies as, until I started here, I hadn't practiced any form of art since I was at school. The tutors have been very supportive and have encouraged me to explore new techniques and to develop my own ideas.

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How To Apply  

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75 Lots Road, London, SW10 0RN
Telephone: 020 7351 4190
Facsimile: 020 7351 6945

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020 73514190