Perhaps nothing throws up a greater yearning for laughter and prayer in art than national crisis and Britain has endured many. Luckily by temperament or circumstance there has been no shortage of British artists who have been prepared to humorously lance the boil of hypocrisy, and visionaries to point to an alternative devotional way. This course will examine these two strands of satire and the sacred which are integral to our culture, seemingly opposite yet closely related. Working from the collections of Tate Britain, the British Museum, the V&A and venues as varied as Westminster Abbey and street markets, we will explore the attraction of vice and piety to artists. The satirists range from Hogarth, Gillray, Rowlandson, Burra, Rose Wylie.  The sacred realm spans the Medieval to Blake, Spencer and Cecil Collins.  On both sides of the debate unorthodox, surprising voices have made crucial contributions to the art of these islands. This will be a rich blend of two deep veins of cultural discourse. 

Concessions

The Royal Drawing School is committed to making all courses offered affordable and available to those interested in drawing from observation. Therefore, the Royal Drawing School offers a number of concessions on each course. These apply to term-time courses only. Students may only apply for one concession type. 

To apply for a concession:

  • first submit any documents/proof pertaining to the concession you are applying for, to admin@royaldrawingschool.org
  • contact the office on 0207 613 8568 to confirm your concession has been approved before booking and paying for your course.

Please check that your evidence:

  • is dated within the last 6 months from the start date of your course, or within the last year if pertaining to council tax. 
  • shows your name as a claimant
  • is presented to us in one of the following formats: PDF, JPG, .DOC or .DOCX


NHS staff receive a 20% discount; to apply participants must submit proof by emailing a photograph of their NHS staff badge to admin@royaldrawingschool.org before booking a course. 

Full-time BA students studying for a degree in Fine Art receive up to a 75% discount. Those studying on design or applied arts degrees may also be eligible on a case-by-case basis. Student ID and proof of enrolment must be submitted. Please email a picture of your student ID to admin@royaldrawingschool.org and then call the office to book your place.

Primary and secondary school teachers who teach art receive a 50% discount; to apply participants must submit proof in the form of a letter from their head teacher or the head of the art department. Please e-mail a scan of this letter to admin@royaldrawingschool.org before booking your place and then call the office. 

Individuals on job seekers allowance receive a 50% discount; to apply participants must provide evidence that you're receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance. Just provide a recent letter from JobCentre Plus/DWP confirming you're in receipt of this benefit. Unfortunately, we cannot accept Jobseeker’s Allowance appointment booklets as valid evidence. You may also apply if you receive Universal Credit under the conditions of being out of work. Please send a copy of your proof/official letter to admin@royaldrawingschool.org and call the office to confirm receipt, before booking your place.

Postgraduate alumni of the Royal Drawing School receive a 50% discount. 

Individuals who receive disability support are eligible for a 50% discount; to apply participants must submit proof that they are currently receiving this allowance. Please email a scan of your letter to admin@royaldrawingschool.org and then call the office to book your place.

Tower Hamlet and Hackney residents are eligible for a 25% discount on courses at Shoreditch; to apply participants must show proof of living in these boroughs in the form of your most recent council tax bill. Please email a scan of your letter to admin@royaldrawingschool.org and then call the office to book your place.

Individuals over the age of 60 may apply for a 10% discount on courses at Shoreditch; to apply participants must show proof of being over 60. Please email a picture of your ID to admin@royaldrawingschool.org and then call the office to book your place.

Course Fees

All of our course rates are subsidised and we also offer a comprehensive list of concessions to make our courses accessible to the widest range of students possible.

Please note that once courses have started there may be further places available; please contact the office to join.

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