Stewarts is pleased to support the RA Schools Show and provide financial assistance to a student on the course for a second year.

2022 marks the beginning of a three-year partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts to sponsor the acclaimed RA Schools Show – the exhibition that marks the culmination of the three year postgraduate programme. This year the show will be open to the public for viewing from 17 June – 3 July.

As part of this show, the firm also selects and awards the Stewarts Prize. The winner will receive prize money to help establish their career after three years of study on the RA Schools programme. Paul Barlow and Jenkin Van Zyl were joint winners in 2021, more information on the artists is available here.


Jenkin Van Zyl,Machines of Love, 2020/1, Installation view, RA Schools Show, Royal Academy of Arts, 16 June - 2nd July, 2021, Photo © Andy Keate
Jenkin Van Zyl, Machines of Love, 2020/1, Installation view, RA Schools Show, Royal Academy of Arts, 16 June – 2nd July, 2021, Photo by Andy Keate ©️ Royal Academy of Arts
Paul Barlow_Installation view_RA Schools Show 2020x1_2021_Photo Andy Keate
Paul Barlow installation view RA Schools Show 2020×2021. Photo by Andy Keate ©️ Royal Academy of Arts

In September, we will exhibit works by the recipient of this year’s Prize in our London office for two weeks.


Student scholarship and bursary – Rachel Hobkirk

Alongside the RA Schools Show sponsorship, the Stewarts Foundation is also providing a scholarship and bursary funding to a postgraduate student who is currently on the course. The bursary recipient is Rachel Hobkirk. She will graduate in 2023 and her work can be viewed here on her website.

Although studying at RA Schools is free, the cost of living in London and costs associated with making work are not fully covered by the RA Schools. The additional support made available through the foundation will provide the chosen student with greater freedom to explore their creativity without financial constraints.

Rachel Hobkirk. Premiums 2022. Royal Academy of Arts. Photo: Andy Keate


Background to RA Schools

Founded in 1769, the Royal Academy Schools invites a select number of art students each year to join its contemporary fine art postgraduate programme.

The programme includes direct teaching through lectures and tutorials as well as group discussions and presentations by leading figures in the art world. Students also receive access to facilities for photography, film, ceramics, woodwork, sculpture and more.

Historical Royal Academy graduates include William Blake and JMW Turner, and more recently Rebecca Ackroyd, Eddie Peake and Michael Armitage.



The Stewarts Foundation

Since our inception in 1990, Stewarts have been actively involved in supporting a variety of charities. The Stewarts Foundation was set up in 2010 to formalise and manage the firm’s charitable giving. To date, the Foundation has donated nearly £7m to over 200 charities. You can find out more about The Stewarts Foundation here.



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