Connecting early career artists with public realm commissions.


Art School Plus is a place for artists to learn, develop, and thrive.
  • Commissioning opportunities
  • Training and support run by artists and commissioning experts
  • Build your peer and sector network
  • Alumni community and ongoing promotion from Art School Plus


Developers, architects, local authorities and public/private organisations, have the incredible opportunity to work with exceptional early-career artists, supported by Art School Plus.

Exclusive Selection

If you decide to commission through Art School Plus, you will be involved in every single step, and the unique needs of your commission represented throughout the project.


Galleries can take up to 60% commission from each sale. Art School Plus is a not-for-profit and so all of its costs go directly to the artist, or supporting the project and its collaborators. In addition Art School Plus can work full time on the project, with guaranteed continuity.

High Quality

With our sector knowledge and unique selection process we have confidence in the quality and of the artists you’re working with, as well as their relationships in your location.

Local Community Legacy

We make sure that we leave a legacy of support for the local artists and communities we work with, promoting them on the Art School Plus website, and giving them training to be able to coach each other as an ongoing support group.

Low Risk

We recommend an intensive training programme is a requisite of being an Art School Plus artist. The training comprises of best-practice knowledge and insights from leading artists, architects, developers and arts professionals. This means the artists are equipped with the knowledge and support they need to work on commissions.

Our Supporters

Who we are

We are a not-for-profit who connects diverse early career artists with unique public realm commissions. We focus on supporting artists and ensuring creative talent is developed within communities across the UK.

We are aiming for a world where artists, and art, are embedded within our society, places and business, contributing to a better society for all of us.

Community Focused
What we do

Our rigorous selection process, which is led by community as well as art sector leaders, means we work with exceptional artists who are early-career and under-served.

We support these artists to thrive and develop, as well as give back to the area, and its communities, via commissioning and public realm work.

Current Programme

Programme Details

In 2022 we are selecting up to ten exceptional artists and providing them with week-long bespoke training led by renowned artists, architects, environmental experts, developers and public realm leaders. We also support the artists with a display of their work, this year hosted by Metropolitan Workshop.

In summary, if you are selected, you will:
– Receive bespoke week-long training and personal development, centring on public realm commissioning
– Build your peer and sector network
– Display and promote your work (in 2022 this is hosted by Metropolitan Workshops)
– Be part of the alumni community and ongoing promotion from Art School Plus
– Have the opportunity to be represented by Art School Plus for commissioning opportunities

Art School+ represents a considerable investment in each individual, we want to select the very best artists at the right moment in their career. It is a competitive and rigorous process and we have taken every care to make the application and selection process as thorough and fair as possible.

Decide if this is the right programme for you and your practice, and if you can commit to the timeframe
Find a nominator, who is willing to support you and is aware of the deadline
Fill in the application form and send it to by 9am on 19 September

– 6-6:35pm 22 August 2022: information event, book here
– 12-12.35pm 12 September 2022: information event, book here
– 9am 19 September 2022: Deadline for applications (both artists AND nominators)
– Week of 26th September 2022: Interviews
– Places awarded by 4 October 2022
– 17-21 October 2022: Intensive training week
– 31 October 2022: Group exhibition

– Demonstrate past experience, or future potential, of public realm practice
– Demonstrate collaborative approach
– Demonstrate motivation and commitment
– Must be an early-career artist
– Must live, study, or work in London at the time of applying
– Must be available for the training programme from17th October – 21st October 2022, and to prepare for, and contribute to, the display of work at Metropolitan Workshop.

What do we mean by ‘early-career’ artist?
An artist who graduated from art school in the last seven years. This does not have to be a continuous seven years. If you did not go to art school, we still encourage you to apply.

If you have questions around your eligibility you can contact for help.


Ella Snell, Founder & Director of Art School +

Jenna Davies, 

Laura Da Silva Gomes, Sustainability Director at Silverfish CSR Ltd.

Adele Patrick

Dr.Adele Patrick, Co-founder and Co-Director, Glasgow Women’s Library

Adele Patrick has been developing innovative cultural projects rooted in equalities and in academic research and community learning and teaching for over 30 years. Adele co-founded Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) in 1991 and is currently a Co-Director. She has had a key leadership role in GWL which has grown from a grassroots project led by volunteers into a Recognised Collection of National Significance employing 25 staff, the sole accredited museum dedicated to women’s history in the UK and an influential, change making organisation in the Museums, Library and wider cultural sectors. Trained as a designer at Glasgow School of Art (where she subsequently taught Gender, Art and Culture) Adele has been active in many projects, from the development of a women’s self build housing project to co-devising with Rachel Thain Gray, GWL’s Equality in Progress: a transformational programme in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for cultural organisations.

A collaborator with writers, visual artists, filmmakers and performers, Adele was awarded an Engage Scholarship for Excellence in Gallery Education in 2016. She publishes widely in academic, professional and popular journals and publications and regularly speaks at national and international conferences. She was Scotswoman of the Year in 2016 and in 2017 received Honorary DLitts from both Glasgow School of Art and University of Strathclyde.

Laura Da Silva Gomes

Laura Da Silva Gomes, Director and Founder of Silverfish CSR Ltd

There is no question that we all need to find a way forward to consider the impact of our activities on society and the environment. Art has a very special part to play in this journey. Laura has been working with organisations across four continents to help them "do well by doing good". She is is passionate about driving change and has a deep understanding of how to drive impact as well as how to best position this drive in front of commissioners.

Jenna Davies

Jenna Davies, Director, The IAM Hub

Jenna is a global speaker, event host and pitch coach. Since starting her career as a broadcast journalist, she leverages her decades of experience to transform individuals into the influential, high-impact communicators they’ve always dreamt of becoming.

Jenna has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, artists and business owners to pitch with confidence and impact, while supporting individuals to present, network and speak up with influence, reaping the career and opportunity rewards that come with it.

To find out more, and apply, download the application information pack (PDF) and applicaiton form (Word).

"Art School Plus is going to really help early-
career artists like me. It is so needed!"

Our Funders