Welcome to ArtSocial
Transforming Lives Through the Power of Arts
We are ArtSocial Foundation – a philanthropic foundation that is on a mission to use arts to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people with special needs, life-limiting health conditions or psychological trauma.
We provide grants to grassroots and national charities in the UK and Russia that work with vulnerable children and adults through arts.
ArtSocial Foundation is supported by Patrons Club - a group of like-minded people with diverse backgrounds who share a passion for arts and philanthropy. Throughout the year our Patrons enjoy a specially curated programme of events, including charities visits, galleries tours, curated talks and bespoke behind-the-scenes visits, getting up close to the cultural scene of London and beyond.
I passionately believe in the power of art to unite and transform.
During my childhood in an industrial city in the north-west of Russia, art unlocked a different world for me – a world in which I could dream and aspire to a full and diverse life.
I want young people to have the same opportunity. In particular, I’m committed to helping disadvantaged young people access art to overcome social, economic or health challenges. That’s why I set up ArtSocial Foundation in 2015: to put the power of art into action.
London has been an important influence on this mission. When I first moved here in 2009, I discovered an art scene of caring, dedicated people. They inspired me to found ArtSocial Patrons Club as a way to explore art and culture together – and to help support the work of ArtSocial Foundation.
I’m immensely proud of the vibrant community we’ve built – and excited to help even more young people experience the power of art.
- Alina Uspenskaya, Founder and Director
We finished 2018/19 season with a Patrons’ breakfast at the newly opened Vintry & Mercer Hotel and a viewing of the first ever retrospective of Natalia Goncharova at Tate Modern. Goncharova is arguably the most famous Russian female artist and one of the leading artist of Russian avant-garde. We met the curator of the exhibition Natalia Sidlina who gave us an introduction to the show and to the diverse artistic practices of this avant-garde female artist of the 20th century.
In May we enjoyed a visit to one of London's most eccentric artist studios - Hassan Hajjaj's studio in East London. Born and raised in Larache, Hajjaj moved to the UK aged twelve, but has spent much of his life travelling between the two countries and cultures. In Shoreditch, the artist is something of a local legend - being in his studio is like being inside his artwork. With fabrics, packaging and souvenirs from his native Morocco filling the space, we could see where the inspiration for his artworks come from.
In April, we enjoyed an exclusive visit to the home of Italian art collector and patron Valeria Napoleone. Valeria has been a collector for 18 years, establishing a strong collection that focuses on female contemporary artists working internationally. Valeria has provided pivotal support to the careers of many of todays most critically acclaimed artists and museums. This evening was an exciting opportunity to meet Valeria at her home, view her collection and hear about her journey in art and philanthropy.
On St Valentine’s morning our patrons gathered at the V&A Museum boardroom for a breakfast and an update on the progress of the programme for children with special needs and disabilities supported by ArtSocial Foundation. We will then met the curator of ‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’ exhibition Oriole Cullen and stayed to view the exhibition.
Our Patrons enjoyed a morning in the company of an extraordinary woman and artist Mari Katayama and Simon Baker, Director of Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris and our Ambassador. Katayama was born with various developmental challenges, had both legs amputated at age nine and has since lived with prosthetics. Using her body as a living sculpture, Katayama photographs herself among intricately embroidered objects, hand-sewn mannequins and her prosthetic legs. We viewed her exhibition at White Rainbow Gallery and had a conversation with Mari about the way that art transformed her life.
We started our 2019 programme with a morning at the newly re-opened Cartier flagship store - The Residence. We enjoyed a breakfast at the private suit designed by a french interior and furniture designer Bruno Moinard. Cartier archivists made a talk about the House’s most famous historic works and clients. We will then headed downstairs to view Cartier London Collection Exhibition that featured some of the magnificent historic pieces influenced by England and its people.
On Wednesday 28th of November we have been delighted to host our members to a viewing of the most talked-about artwork of the autumn. The Clock by Christian Marclay has become the most popular video artwork ever, captivating audiences around the world. The installation is a 24-hours long montage of film clips featuring clock faces that tell the actual time. We have met the curator Clara Kim who introduced us to the work and then stayed to watch the film at our own pace.
After a highly positive feedback about our last visit to OK Music Trust, we were pleased to invite you and your kids to visit the school again! On this afternoon the teachers of the music school told us about the therapeutic benefits of music for children with special needs. We enjoyed a practical workshop with a music therapist followed by a touching performance of some of the kids supported by ASF. This is an afternoon we will all remember!
We saw the wonderful work that the Otakar Kraus Music Trust school does for children with special needs, and met the founder, teachers and students. We had tea with the founder, a tour of the music studio - where some of the students performed a few pieces for us - and saw the difference our contribution makes to the lives of those we help.
Prior to our tour of ‘All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life’ at Tate Britain, we had an insightful introduction into the practices of the most beloved British figurative painters Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud by our guest lecturer Lizzie Perrotte.
Following the success of our lecture last autumn on Italian opera, we continued to explore the history of this art form with a lecture on French Opera - one of Europe’s most important operatic traditions. Our guest lecturer Patrick Bade took us on a journey through the centuries of French opera traditions, voices, opera houses and stories.
We had breakfast and a private tour, led by Lizzie Perrotte, of the fascinating show that celebrates the painters in Britain who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways. The exhibition includes works by Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon, alongside rarely seen works from their contemporaries Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego.
ArtSocial and 24 Sèvres prepared a very special evening in the form of an exclusive event at the National Portrait Gallery. Guests had the opportunity to view 'Cézanne Portraits' exhibition before it closed, followed by a hands-on tailor-made painting workshop with a professional artist and expert. The evening concluded with cocktails and a shopping experience at the top of the National Portrait Gallery.
We spent the afternoon at Tate Modern where, together with curator Nancy Ireson, we explored the comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work. During his brief and turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable pictorial style. Though meeting little success during their time, his emotionally intense portraits and seductive nudes are now among the best-loved paintings of the 20th century.
On 9 December we had our second annual Christmas Gala at One Hyde Park. We gathered our friends to celebrate upcoming Christmas and raised funds for ArtSocial Foundation's charitable projects in the next year.
Following an evening lecture last week we spent a morning discovering the creative force and influence of Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Barbican Centre's first ever large-scale exhibition of his work.
Our members gathered in Maison Assouline for an evening in celebration of the outstanding talent and explosive creativity of art world prodigy Jean-Michel Basquiat. Our guest lecturer Lizzie Perrotte immersed us in the frenetic world of Basquiat and the vibe of the electric 80s New York art scene.
Our members were invited to an evening at the beautiful home of art collectors Freda and Izak Uziyel, who have turned their stunning Edwardian house in Hampstead into an artwork in itself, complete with a sculpture garden and basement gallery.
Following our visit to the V&A exhibition, we enjoyed an evening of Italian opera. Our guest speaker - art& music historian and author Patrick Bade, took us on a journey through the most beloved arias, voices, composers and stories of Italian opera.
Our members joined the V&A museum partons on a breakfast and private viewing of the autumn blockbuster exhibition "Opera: Passion, Power and Politics".
During London Frieze week our members were exploring Frieze Masters, long London's favourite art fair, with Simon Baker, Senior Curator of International Art at Tate Modern.
At the beginning of October we enjoyed a much-anticipated audience with one of the most influential women of the art world Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, in conversation with Lorena Muñoz-Alonso, art critic and UK Editor of ArtNet.
On 26 September we welcomed our members, friends and partners at The Ampersand Hotel to celebrate the start of the new ArtSocial Season.
On 10 June 2017 ArtSocial members and friends joined us at the House of Parliament for a champagne reception to celebrate the second anniversary of ArtSocial Foundation and the end of ArtSocial season.
House of Commons, London SW1A 9AA
In June, we got up close to the work of renowned British sculptor Henry Moore – with an intimate tour of his former residency, studio, outdoor sculptures and the ‘Behind Henry Moore’ exhibition.
On a sunny May day we were joined by an art-world insider Nathan Clements-Gillespie, who walked us around the most interesting gallery shows in Mayfair.
Our Photography in Focus series continued in May with a tour around Photo London – and expert collecting advice from photography specialist and Tate curator Simon Baker.
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
During London's Photo Week, as part of our Photography in Focus series, we popped into Phillips auction house for a private view of their photography sale - and a discussion of photography market with Phillips specialists.
Phillips, 30 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6EX
Early May 2017 presented us with a unique opportunity to spend an evening with Sovremennik - one of Russia's most notable theatres, known for its staging of intense psychological dramas and classic plays. After the performance our members joined the cast for an after-party at Mayfair Hotel.
Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman St, London W1D 7DY
In March we held the second event in our Photography in Focus series - curator-led tour of the first ever exhibition of Wolfgang Tillmans at Tate Modern.
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG