An independent art school is relocating to a new building adjacent to Tate Modern as part of plans to increase access to art education.
The Art Academy London has announced that it will be moving from its current home on Borough High Street to the new Triptych Bankside building in Southwark.
The new site designed by Squire and Partners architects will provide 13,940 square feet across two levels.
It will include nine studios, two galleries, an auditorium, and workshop spaces for local artists and communities.
There will also be a cafe and art supplies shop that will be open to the public.
Art Academy principal Rob Pepper said: "This move will enable us to create many more free places for local children on our Young Artists courses, to scale our support for art teachers nationwide through free professional development courses and to extend our open-access tuition to local charities working with disabled artists.
“On top of all this, we will be able to provide subsidised exhibition spaces and low-cost studios for artists in Zone 1.”
Dr Frances Morris, outgoing director of Tate Modern, added: "What Rob and the team have done with the Art Academy is to take the art school model, which has in many ways become tired and conventional, and create something with enormous potential for lifelong learning that is open and inclusive."