Who we are

Lucy Corbett

Founder

Lucy Corbett began her artistic training in Florence at the Charles H. Cecil Studios in 1998. During this time she developed her skills as a portrait and landscape artist, taught in the sight size tradition.  Landscape painting around the world and taking on private commission work has given Lucy a breadth of knowledge in all aspects of painting.

In 2001 Lucy hosted her first solo exhibition at the Knightsbridge Barracks.  She then continued work on a succession of both public and private commissions which include Silver Stick of the Household Cavalry, the Duke and Duchess of Sutherland and the Earl and Countess of Strathmore.  Throughout her career she has made a conscious effort to develop technique, training alongside artists such as Marc Dalessio and Marcus Hodge.

Lucy has exhibited in both private and public exhibitions, from Christies and the Mall Galleries to the Paul Mitchell Gallery.  In 2005 she won the Barbara Tate award for best portrait at the Mall Galleries.

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Sir Roger Scruton

Patron

A visiting professor and fellow of Blackfriars Hall at the University of Oxford and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Sir Roger’s academic interests lie in aesthetics and philosophy. He has written over thirty books in several genres including ‘Beauty’ (2009) which explored what makes an object – either in art, in nature, or the human form – beautiful and which was subsequently adapted into a BBC documentary.

Sir Roger is also a commentator on political and cultural issues, a composer and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and fellow of the British Academy. He appeared as a keynote speaker at the Representational Art Conference in California 2014 and speaks at the annual Alpine Fellowship. Find out more about Sir Roger Scruton here.

“How should we respond to the decline of art education in Britain? Should we simply assume that we are all ‘conceptual artists’ and that there is nothing to learn except the art of pulling the wool over the eyes of the public?
Or are there real skills to acquire, real experiences to be had, a real knowledge of history and critical judgement to be explored, if the student is to earn a place in the great tradition of modern painting?
The Welsh Academy is an initiative for which all art lovers must be grateful, since it points the way along this second path, towards real knowledge and real enjoyment, and offers to aspiring artists the skills and companionship that they need.”
– Roger Scruton

Theresa Stabb

Secretary | Events Manager | Tutor

Tess returned to painting 20 years after having completed a foundation course. She is currently a third year student at the Academy. Tess enjoys organising events and helping to promote the Academy and it’s message. She also has a Masters degree in Philosophy and keeps Deerhounds.

Tess is our events manager, all-round co-ordinator and foundation tutor. Please contact Tess or Lucy with any queries you have regarding the courses or events – info@welshacademyofarts.com

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