Byam Shaw School of Art

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Byam Shaw School of Art
Byam Shaw criticising a student's work in the costume class in the early days of the school
Active1910 (1910)–2003 (2003)
51°30′24″N 0°11′47″W / 51.5066°N 0.1964°W / 51.5066; -0.1964Coordinates: 51°30′24″N 0°11′47″W / 51.5066°N 0.1964°W / 51.5066; -0.1964
Campus70 Campden Street, Kensington

The Byam Shaw School of Art, often known simply as Byam Shaw, was an independent art school in London, England, which specialised in fine art and offered foundation and degree level courses. It was founded in 1910 by John Liston Byam Shaw and Rex Vicat Cole. In 2003, it was absorbed by Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.


The Byam Shaw was opened in May 1910 by John Liston Byam Shaw and Rex Vicat Cole with the name Byam Shaw and Vicat Cole School of Art. The teaching staff initially consisted of W. Dacres Adams, D. Murray Smith and C. Austin Cooper; additional lectures were given by Evelyn Eunice Pyke-Nott (Mrs. Byam Shaw), Kenneth Martin and Percival Silley.[1]

Other early members of the staff were Ernest Jackson, who was principal of the school from 1926 to 1940,[2] Brian Thomas who was Principal from 1946–54, and the Pre-Raphaelite painter Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale. The original premises were at 70 Campden Street, London W8; the school moved in 1990 to larger premises in Archway.[3][4]


Among those who studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art are artists such as Winifred Nicholson, Bernard Dunstan, Yinka Shonibare, Mona Hatoum, the stained glass artist Evie Hone[5] and the wood-engraver Blair Hughes-Stanton, theatre designers including Maria Björnson,[6] Laurence Irving and Stefanos Lazaridis, the inventor James Dyson, the actor John Standing and the musician Paul Simonon.


  1. ^ Gladys Beattie Crozier Where To Study Art – The Byam Shaw And Vicat Cole School of Art. Every Woman's Encyclopædia. London: Amalgamated Press, [1910]. Volume 2, pp. 1158–61.
  2. ^ Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin (1964) F. Ernest Jackson 1872–1945, cited from The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture volume 1. London 1964.Tate, London. Accessed May2013.
  3. ^ Byam Shaw School of Art. Art biographies. Accessed May 2013.
  4. ^ Byam Shaw School of Art (material sourced from the Byam Shaw School of Art website, 2009). Axis: the online resource for contemporary art. Archived 26 December 2010.
  5. ^ Deirdre McMahon (2002). Hone, Evie (1894–1955). in: Anne Commire, Deborah Klezmer (eds.) (2002). Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Waterford, CT: Yorkin Publications. Online version: Gale.(subscription required)
  6. ^ David Jays (16 December 2002). Maria Bjornson: A leading set and costume designer, she brought a unique sense of romantic expressionism to theatre, opera and musicals. The Guardian. Accessed February 2015.