Chelsea Arts Club Trust was set up in 1990 to encourage art and design education, and provide help and support for artists and designers. The opportunity to be creative, free from financial constraints, can empower individuals and lead to innovation; The chance for the widest possible audiences to see, use, or experience, art and design can inspire, enhance knowledge, and even improve quality of life.
With this in mind, the Trust provides a range of bursaries, scholarships, awards, and prizes to enhance education and offers financial support and opportunities for artists and designers. Through these awards we have been able to help a significant number of emerging artists undertake inspiring and sometimes life-changing projects that would not otherwise have been possible, and help set them on professional career paths. The Trust also aims to promote art and design through exhibitions, publications, talks, events, partnerships and mentoring.
Partnerships have been vital to the Trust’s success and we have established some exciting links including collaborations with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and industry connections with architectural practices and art and design professionals. The Trust also works closely with the main London art schools. We are constantly seeking partners to help develop new projects.
Chelsea Arts Club Trust was founded by Members of The Chelsea Arts Club. Whilst the Trust and Club are separate entities, The Chelsea Arts Club has been the host to some of our more spectacular fundraising events and the two work closely together to fulfil The Trust’s charitable aims.
The medium term strategy of the Trust includes:
- Supporting arts educational projects and workshops at secondary school level.
- Funding college bursaries for those who are talented but unable to study due to lack of money.
- Establishing a mentoring network to support the development of professional skills and promote knowledge sharing.
Chelsea Arts Club Trust is independent and relies totally on donations in order to continue its work. All Trustees and supporters give their time and experience on a voluntary, unpaid basis. All donations are gratefully received however small.