Turning a passion into a career through our bursary programme

Anne Marie Hanlon was awarded a bursary in 2012 to complete a BA in Fine Art at the City & Guilds of London Art School.  She is now a successful Art & Textiles teacher at a Kent secondary school.

Anne Marie always had a passion for art at school. It was a subject area that inspired her, that she felt good at and enabled her to express herself freely. It was an interest she pursued through to College where she studied for her National Diploma in Art.

At College her tutor saw her potential and told her of the City & Guilds of London Art School in Kennington. The Art School is an independent establishment which meant she would not be able to obtain a full student loan to cover the cost of doing a course. Anne Marie lived in Kent which meant she would need to move to London to study and it felt out of reach. But her tutor did not give up and persuaded Anne Marie to go for her interview and told her about the bursary programme.  Despite barely having the money for her fare, she went anyway.

Anne Marie was offered a place to study at the Art School but knew she could not afford to attend. She learnt more about the bursary programme and heard that there was a joint scheme with City & Guilds Group and the Worshipful Company of Skinners that support learners in financial need undertaking Fine Art courses.

Anne Marie was successful in her bursary application and joined the Art School in 2012 to study for her BA in Fine Art. This was a game changer for her. At the Art School she was able to really unlock her full potential, she met a variety of people and through the alumni contacts she met Amanda Callis who had started her own company Cool it Art.

Cool it Art is a free after school art class for children ages 3-12. These classes are located in deprived areas of London and encourage creativity through making artwork out of recycled materials. This was beneficial for many of the children that attended as they did very little art in school. Anne Marie became a volunteer for the next three years which enhanced her love for Art even further but also for teaching.

Anne Marie’s confidence had grown so much as a result of her experience at the Art School. The technical and life skills she had developed from this experience enabled her to have the confidence to progress even further. After her 3 successful years at the Art School, Anne Marie was able to apply for her PGCE, something she could not have done without achieving her degree at the Art School.  She is now a fully qualified Art and Textiles teacher.

This bursary has enabled her to become financially independent and not only get her into a job, but also educate and inspire others.  Anne Marie is committed to lifelong learning and plans create more art to exhibit in the future.

‘I have achieved more than I ever expected of myself, have been exposed to different cultures, people and experiences whilst having the opportunity to develop and find a career path that I love. I am extremely grateful for all the support I have achieved throughout my time at City and Guilds of London Art School as I would not be where I am today without them. Thank you.’