New scheme supported by Eric and Jean Cass with Cass Art gives free access to galleries for 5000 art students

  • 11 October 2017

Free Student Art Pass will make hundreds of cultural venues free to students at University of the Arts London during their first year of study.

Philanthropists Eric and Jean Cass, along with Cass Art, have given their support to provide 5,000 University of the Arts London (UAL) students with a special Art Fund Student Art Pass, giving them free entry to over 240 cultural venues and reduced entry to many major exhibitions for their first academic year.

Eric and Jean Cass have dedicated over 40 years to supporting artists and in 2014 received OBEs for philanthropic service to the Arts. In 2012 they gifted over 300 important modern and contemporary artworks from their personal collection, including works by Barbara Hepworth, Joan Miró, Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso, to a number of public institutions across the UK.

They have continued to support artistic endeavours through a variety of projects such as funding scholarships for sculpture students from the Royal College of Arts. These projects, along with this new gift to UAL art students, provide essential support to the UK’s young artists and creative talent.

Nigel Carrington, Vice Chancellor, UAL, said: 'Museums and their collections are an essential resource for our students at UAL. Whether they're studying advertising or animation, fashion or gaming design, access to museums is critical at this early stage in their career development. On behalf of the 5,000 UAL students who will now receive Art Fund's free Student Art Pass, my thanks to Eric and Jean Cass, and to Cass Art for making this possible.'

Art Fund is simultaneously launching an updated Student Art Pass that is now available to all UK-based students for just £5. The Student Art Pass offers 50% off the price of student entry to major exhibitions, plus free or discounted entry to over 240 museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK. The year-long subscription is a limited offer available to students at any university, on any course, who apply before 10 December 2017.

In addition to the pass, students will enjoy updates on all there is to do and see nationwide, as well as a range of special opportunities programmed throughout the academic year to bring them closer to public museums and galleries.

Stephen Deuchar, Director, Art Fund, said: ‘Every student in the UK should be able easily and affordably to access our museums, galleries and historic houses. They act as a stimulus and reference point for creative people everywhere, a springboard for the widest career opportunities, and an infinite source of inspiration for all. Art Fund’s new £5 Student Art Pass opens up that opportunity to anyone currently studying at university in the UK. Meanwhile our thanks go to Eric and Jean Cass through Cass Art for the special scheme at UAL, and also to those other Art Fund supporters who continue to cover the costs of free passes for students at specific universities.’

Mark Cass, Founder and CEO of Cass Art, said: ‘Eric and Jean Cass, who have dedicated the last 40 years of their lives to supporting artists, are delighted to offer this benefit to creative students, making it easier for them to access collections that will inspire them on their creative journey.’

If you are a university who would like to offer the Student Art Pass to your students, or a student who would like to apply, please contact: