helping professional artists for more than 200 years

who we are
The Artists’ General Benevolent Institution (AGBI) was founded by J.M.W Turner in 1814 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. The AGBI is run by a Council of mainly practicing 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 based at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London.

who do we help
Who does the AGBI help? Any professional artist, painter, sculptor, illustrator or art teacher at A-level or above can apply for help if they have earned their living (or major part of it) from art and cannot work or earn due to accident, illness or older age. Widows and orphaned children of artists are also eligible for help. Unfortunately, the AGBI cannot assist in cases where the recession has caused career difficulties or when an artist is unable to find a market for their work. The AGBI cannot assist with legal fees, business difficulties or education grants for mature students.

charity cards

To help raise much needed funds, the AGBI produces charity Christmas cards and greetings cards by distinguished artists connected to the charity. Sadly for Christmas 2016, these have now all sold out, however be sure to visit us in 2017 when these will go on sale in October.