The Aon Community Art Award

The Art Movement collaborated with Aon to deliver The Aon Community Art Award, a programme that supports graduate artists in their first year out of university. The award supports creatives in developing crucial business skills through a series of mentoring workshops and learning opportunities. The programme also awards artists cash prizes, an opportunity to sell their work at an exciting auction and an exhibition in the iconic Leadenhall Building.

The Aon Community Art Award was a natural choice for The Art Movement, aligning with our mission to support emerging artists. The Art Movement worked closely with Aon and the three participating universities Glasgow School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Leeds Arts University to select artists for the programme. A powerful exhibition of over 100 works was curated with all logistics, delivery and installation of artworks in the Leadenhall Building managed by The Art Movement.

One of the most rewarding aspects of The Aon Community Art Award is the mentoring of young artists in business skills. As passionate champions of educating and upskilling artists in creative entrepreneurship, The Art Movement curated a series of workshops for participating artists, bringing in expert speakers from the creative industries as well as working with Aon colleagues to impart their own expertise in areas such as marketing and project management.

Many artists have gone on from the programme to show great promise, including Rex Southwick, Charlie Yates, Marina Renee Cemmick and Tomi Olopade.

"We have worked closely with The Art Movement team since 2018 on our Aon Community Art Award programme. Thanks to their creativity, experience, guidance and support, we have been able to introduce fresh new ideas each year and to enhance the support we provide to the artists we work alongside. It has proved to be a great partnership. I personally have thoroughly enjoyed learning myself about how a global professional services firm and the world of art can be combined to support artists as they move from education hopefully into a career as an artist."
Iain Chapman
Diversity and Community Coordinator | Aon