Who We Are

Who We Are

Putney School of Art and Design was originally founded in 1883, and has been in Oxford Road, Putney since 1895. The main benefactor of the original Victorian school was Sir William Lancaster, an eminent local politician and philanthropist.

The school offers art and design courses, including painting, drawing, pottery, photography, sculpture, printmaking as well as more specialised courses including the Art and Design Diploma, family learning for parent and child working together, and courses for young people aged 14-17 years.

The school has a superb life drawing studio on the first floor, complete with vast north-facing windows and vaulted wooden ceiling. The school has developed and gradually expanded since 1895. It now has six studios designed specifically for painting, printmaking, drawing, ceramics and more recently, digital design.

With its roots firmly in the local community, excellent transport links have helped us to attract students from all over London and beyond. We receive continued support and encouragement from The Friends of Putney School of Art and Design, an independent, registered charity.

PSAD is managed by Enable Leisure & Culture, in partnership with Wandsworth Council.