helping professional artists for more than 200 years
The AGBI supports artists who are in difficult circumstances. When an artist’s life, career and health start to collapse the AGBI is often the only benevolent fund to which they can turn.
The support we give is person-centered, meaning we do our best to help our applicants in the most appropriate and meaningful way.
Tom lives in Margate and was referred to the AGBI in September 2017. Having studied at the Chelsea College of Art to post-graduate level, Tom went on to have a successful career as an artist and art teacher for more than 20 years.
During the Spring of 2017, Tom was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer. His studio practice and teaching were put on hold whilst he underwent a series of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. He was not well enough to carry on working and several exhibitions were postponed. Tom’s diagnosis affected not only his physical health but his emotional well-being and that of his family.
Tom’s case was presented to the AGBI Council who agreed to support him until he is well enough to return to his work and painting.
Marguerite has received support from the AGBI for several years. A sculptor now in her late 70s, she has needed the AGBI’s help due to her diabetes which gradually took away her sight.
She lives on her own with a guide dog but remains independent. Blindness can often be isolating but Marguerite remains determined to continue working and has adapted her work over the years and continues to exhibit both in London and overseas.
At the January AGBI meeting, continued help was agreed for Marguerite. Over the years, several of her household items had worn out and were difficult to use due to her sight loss. Her application identified that a new washing machine and dishwasher would make life easier. After consultation with the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB), appropriate white goods with large dials and braille stickers were sourced and paid for by the AGBI.
In addition to the above, a regular grant was agreed to enable her the use of a taxi to and from her favourite places in London. Using public transport had become increasingly difficult for Marguerite and being able to travel safely to cultural events has greatly reduced her feelings of isolation.