In 2015, as Aon moved into its new global headquarters in London, The Leadenhall Building, the Aon Community Art Awards programme was born, bringing together our focus on community and talent development.
The programme supports young artists graduating from three UK art schools - Glasgow School of Art; Leeds Arts University; and Manchester School of Art - helping them to transition from student life to the commercial art world.
The programme provides workshops and mentoring for the artist for a period of one year, while their art is exhibited in Aon's client suite, for clients, colleagues and around 400 visitors a day to see. At the end of the 12-month period, the artwork is sold via an online and live auction, with all proceeds going back to the artist.
In addition, all selected artists receive a cash award for agreeing to loan their art to Aon for the programme, and two cash prizes are awarded: a £5,000 prize to the artist selected by an external panel of judges as the most promising, and a £2,000 prize for Aon employees’ favourite piece of work.