Artists' General Benevolent Institution

Helping professional artists for more than 200 years
Who we are
The Artists’ General Benevolent Institution (AGBI) was founded in 1814 by members of the Royal Academy of Arts including J.M.W Turner, John Constable and John Soane and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1842, it is one of the oldest charities in the United Kingdom.

The AGBI is run by a Council of practicing artists, applied artists, art custodians and medical professionals who give their time freely and meet regularly to discuss cases. The Council is supported by a small team of staff.
Who do we help?
The AGBI financially supports professional artists in need and their dependents living in England, Wales or Northern Ireland who cannot work or earn due to accident, illness or older age. Professional artists can apply for help if they have earned their living (or major part of it) from art. Widows and orphaned children of artists are also eligible for help. Unfortunately, the AGBI is unable to assist in cases when an artist is unable to find a market for their work. The AGBI is unable to assist with legal fees or education costs for mature students.
Our Patron
The Prince of Wales

By kind permission of the photographer Hugo Burnand

The Trustees and Council of the Artists' General Benevolent Institution are pleased to announce that HRH The Prince of Wales has very graciously agreed to continue as the AGBI's Patron for a further term.

The Trustees remain grateful to the Prince for his continued support.

The Prince of Wales

By kind permission of the photographer Hugo Burnand

Case studies

Read the story of how we've helped several artists who have found themselves in need.

Bicentenary print

42 leading British artists have contributed to the making of a limited edition print celebrating our bicentenary.

Our impact

Read about our performance and the number of artists we've supported. You can also download our Annual Reports, and our yearly Impact Reports.

How to help

The recipients of our support rely on your donations, and you can donate directly from our how to help page.

There are many ways that you can help us continue the work we've done for over 200 years by donations, legacies and Gift Aid.

Artists' charity cards

Due to the current Covid-19 situation and the logistical problems that this will give us, the AGBI has decided not to produce any Christmas cards this year. We will however be re-launching new, and some old favourite, cards for Christmas 2021.

Get in contact

Click here to find our contact details and the AGBI postal address.
Are you able to support?

We're one of the UK's oldest charities, and we rely on your donations to assist artists who are facing financial hardship. We are able to accept single donations, or donations that repeat every month, and many of our generous benefactors support us with legacies in their wills. If you'd like to find out more, please follow this link to see how you can help.
Helping professional artists for more than 200 years

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