We deliver the LSM Art Award for graduate artists and the Aspiring Artists project for London primary school students.
LSM Art Award
In 2018, we launched our inaugural Liberty Specialty Markets Art Award programme, adding an exciting dimension to our current CSR programme. The project supports emerging artists in their transition between art school and the commercial art world.
In partnership with The Slade School of Fine Art and The Art Academy in London, we supported 7 artists during 2018-2019. Graduates are paid to display their work in our London of office at 20 Fenchurch Street for one year, and works are available to purchase via an online auction.
Last year, 265 employees voted from all over the world. The project also incorporated a development programme for the artists, including training sessions, mentoring and workshops. This is in line with our approach to equip the artists with commercial skills with which to build a sustainable career. The workshops we held were focused on Personal Branding and Marketing.
Being part of the Liberty Specialty Markets Art Award has been an amazing experience. The jump between the final year of college and finding a place in the art world is a tough one but it has been made so much easier thanks to the great support and advice the programme offers.” Helen Stone, 2018 Expert Panel Winner
New in 2019, LSM launched Aspiring Artists, an art project designed to support students (ages 5-11) at a primary school in London.
During the Spring, students from Redlands Primary School created a range of artworks under the theme of 'London – Architecture, Skyline, Nature'.
They then worked with our volunteers in an engaging 'Art Discovery' session, to agree on 12 pieces they would like displayed in our London office. This session helped the students practise decision-making skills, negotiation and communication skills.
The students and volunteers then presented in a school assembly on the reasons why each piece was selected. The pieces are now on display in the offices of our Senior Leaders.
To end the programme, students visited the London offce to see their works of art on display.
They spoke to our president Matthew Moore about their artwork, learnt more about the Walkie Talkie building, and ended the afternoon with a visit to the sky garden, which is a public space within the London office with a view of the skyline. There, they sketched the skyline and plants within the building.
I'm thrilled to see the work of the students from Redlands on our walls. I was inspired by their flair, creativity and commitment, and I very much enjoyed listening to their presentation when I attended the Art Discovery session in April.” Linh Nguyen, volunteer
It was a privilege to be a part of the Aspiring Artists project with Redlands school. The visit allowed us to not just meet the young artists but to hear how engaged they were with the pieces as they discussed their work, and how they had created them. Each child interpreted the theme using a variety of media, collaborating to create bright and colourful pieces. It was wonderful to see them being so creative and original – their artwork showed true imagination and each piece will be a welcome addition to the London office.” Jon Jackson, volunteer
I thought the art was amazing – very thought provoking as to how children interpreted the object of creating the art. Very constructive, honest and inspiring pieces. I would go as far as to say I would hang some of the pieces in my own home! The school assembly was bubbling with excitement. The children were very pleased to present the pieces to us with a full and thought out reasoning for the creation of each piece.” Mandy May, volunteer
Liberty Specialty Markets is The Line’s official Insurance Ambassador and Founding Patron.
The Line is London’s only dedicated public art walk. Connecting Greenwich, Tower Hamlets and Newham and following the Meridian, The Line runs between the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The O2. It features an evolving programme of art installations, events and landmarks, illuminating an inspiring landscape where everyone can explore art, nature and heritage for free.