what is newplatform.art?

newplatform.art is a not-for-profit which supports artists at an early stage of their career by providing opportunities to display their work, develop their skills to enable them to sustain their careers as professional artists by participation in our professional development programme.


aims of newplatform.art

The overall aims of newplatform.art are to:

  • reduce poverty in early stage artists by providing grants to cover basic necessities;
  • provide education through seminars, workshops and mentoring to artists, to support them as their careers develop with the aim of ensuring that they have the skills to avoid unemployment or poverty;
  • advance the arts by supporting visual artists who have been assessed as having a high level of skill and to promote the arts throughout England and Wales;
  • develop the capacity and skills of members of the economically disadvantaged visual arts community in England and Wales in such a way that they are better able to identify, and help meet, their needs and to participate more fully in society.


history of newplatform.art

newplatform.art was founded by a group of legal professionals and arts consultants based on a successful model at Clyde & Co, an international law firm where they had established and nurtured as part of the firm’s CSR programme. With a lifelong interest in the visual arts, Paul Newdick, one of our trustees, designed and launched the Clyde & Co Art Award when the law firm moved its headquarters to Aldgate in 2010.

Each year staff from Clyde & Co would tour the graduate shows at several London art schools and choose the art they would like to hang in the offices for the year. The selected artists would then be invited participate in the Clyde & Co Art Award which included cash prizes, professional development, pro bono legal support, and receiving a grant for the year long loan of their artwork/s.

Louise Zekaria, another of our trustees, managed and grew the Clyde & Co Art Award scheme for the first six years, including the national expansion of the Clyde & Co Blank Canvas Commission and replicating the model in Clyde & Co offices around the world. The Clyde & Co Art Award that started in London, now takes places in Dubai, Melbourne, Perth, San Francisco, and Sydney. This programme won the 2016 International Corporate Art Awards sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Culture & LUISS Business School.

newplatform.art scales up this programme even further – enabling other corporates to assist more emerging artists and display vibrant art on a rotational basis – and has supported the Art Awards at Aon, Liberty Specialty Markets and Bob&Co.


newplatform.art is in the process of being registered as a charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales.

Once There Was A Time No 1, Alison Griffin

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