Charity Awards

Our charity policy primarily evolves around education and training in the decorative arts, particularly where we can make a real difference and have a signifcant impact for the beneficiary.

Grants tend to take two forms, either a one-off donation or an ongoing grant which may be renewed on an annual basis, the Trustees limit the distribution in any given year to 70% of the charity's income in the preceeding year.

In addition there are three self-funding awards generously given by members of the Company.

Namely: the Geoffery Bond travel award, the Mark and Sian Dalrymple award which funds an internship at the V&A and the annual Ways of Seeing conference at the British Museum where the financial support given by Tom Christopherson and Toby Parker has enabled students from state schools to attend free of charge


The Company has taken as its emblem this marble head of Mithras of about 180-220 AD. It was discovered during the excavation of the late Roman temple of Mithras just off Queen Victoria Street after the Second World War and is now in the Museum of London.

Mithras was a complex cult figure embodying light, truth and regeneration.

To the Company of Art Scholars this emblem represents the history which lies everywhere beneath the surface of the City of London.