Charities

The Club supports two charities – the Club’s own CAC Trust, which was set up by Members of the Club and which gives financial support to schools and to artists in the early stages of their careers; and the Artists’ General Benevolent Institution (AGBI), which was founded by JMW Turner in 1814 and which looks after artists who have fallen on hard times – perhaps because of age or infirmity.

The proceeds of the Club’s annual auction of canvases are split equally between the two charities, and fund-raising for both goes on throughout the year.

Chelsea Arts Club Trust

Chelsea Arts Club Trust was set up in 1990 by Members of the Club to encourage art and design education, and to provide help and support for artists and designers.

The Trust provides a range of bursaries, scholarships, awards and prizes to enhance education and offers financial support and opportunities for artists and designers.

Partnerships have been vital to the Trust’s success. CACT works closely with the main London art schools and has strong links with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

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Students at Chelsea Academy working on CACT donated large canvases January 2019

Artists General Benevolent Institution

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 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.

Any professional artist, painter, sculptor, illustrator or art teacher at A-level or above can apply for help from the AGBI 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, business difficulties or education grants for mature students.

The charity is run by a Council of mainly practising 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.

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The AGBI Bicentenary Print

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