Discover a unique blend of art and franchising opportunities at the art-K Art Exhibition & Recruitment Fair on July 27, 2024, at the OXO Bargehouse in London. This special event invites you to network with our team, explore our company culture and learn about exciting creative opportunities in the Art Education field. Showcase your skills and experience while enjoying an exclusive exhibition of artworks by art-K staff and pupils. Participate in interactive workshops and even connect with industry professionals! Don’t miss this chance to envision your future with us in a creative and inspiring environment. 

Please RSVP by 21 July, and don’t forget to dress to impress! We look forward to meeting you.

OXO Tower Wharf, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH
27 July, 20242-6 pm

The Leading Art Education Franchise: Inspiring Creativity Nationwide

Teaching art is incredibly rewarding. Witnessing the positive impact on young lives (and adults) and equipping them with lifelong skills is truly fulfilling. Many art teachers, or aspiring art teachers, are individuals who go above and beyond to nurture the talent in their students. They are gratified by witnessing their students’ growth in confidence.

The reason we offer franchising is our firm belief in the transformative power of art and our desire to expand its accessibility in the UK. Through franchising, we can reach more students and broaden access to art education. If you share our passion for teaching art and changing lives, exploring our program and business model could also transform your life

For over 20 years, art-K has been developing and continuously refining its art skills syllabus. In the last 8 years, we have honed our modes of operation, resulting in a successful and profitable network of 50 clubs across the UK.

art-K puts child safeguarding first, as such, all franchisees will undergo voluntary registration with Ofsted. This voluntary registration for extra-curricular activities ensures that stringent procedures and processes are in place to protect students. While the registration process may seem onerous, art-K understands the necessary requirements to meet this gold standard of reassurance for our customers.

We are currently seeking franchises outside the M25, as we have already established a strong presence within this region. Outside the M25, we have observed that self-managed units demonstrate better adaptability to their local communities compared to directly-owned branches.

This opportunity to pursue what you do best and have a rewarding career requires you to have the courage to invest in yourself. Prior to making any commitments, ample evidence is available in the public domain for you to conduct thorough due diligence. You may visit our Trustpilot site to see the positive feedback and appreciation expressed by our customers for art-K’s services and the warm welcome extended by our studios and teachers. Additionally, annual reports are accessible online through Companies House, providing insight into the trading history and longevity of individual studios.

So what’s next?

Making the decision to transition to running your own business is significant, but you’ve already begun with small steps and no obligations. If you’re interested in learning more, please fill out the form to speak with our franchise consultant. While running your own business may not be suitable for everyone, at the core of art-K lies the passion for teaching art, particularly through our art-K program, and going the extra mile. If this aligns with your strengths, everything else becomes mechanical in achieving the business’s objectives, and we provide assistance every step of the way.

Following this initial step, you can join us for a discovery day, interact with other art-K franchisees, and gain further reassurance that our business model is effective – all before any commitments or decisions are made.

Once you are confident in your decision and have convinced yourself that it is feasible, investing in yourself will only unlock your full potential! 

Location: We have franchise opportunities available across the UK, with a focus on expanding our network outside the M25. Territories are available particularly in the Midlands, East Midlands, North, and Northwest.

2000
Kathryn starts art-K Ashtead
2016
art-K Ltd Launches
2017
Launched First Directly-Owned Branch: Wimbledon
2017
4 New Franchises: Northwood, Tring, Worthing, Ewell
2018
art-K tutoring 1,000 students weekly
2018
2 New Franchises: Truro, Teddington
2018
2 New Direct Branches: Purley, Dorking
2019
Won CVC Young Innovators Award
2019
2 New Franchises: High Wycombe, Horsforth
2019
3 New Direct Branches: Walton, Clapham, Hove
2020
Became Ofsted-Registered
2020
art-K tutoring 2,000 students weekly
2020
New Franchise: Worplesdon
2020
8 New Direct Branches: Maidstone, Wandsworth, Putney, Horsham, Beckenham, Carshalton, Greenwich, Fulham
2021
art-K tutoring 3,000 students weekly
2021
5 New Direct Branches: Dulwich, Shepherd’s Bush, Bowes Park, Kingston, Reigate
2022
Featured at International Franchise Show
2022
Launched Adult Class Programme
2022
art-K teaching 5,000 students weekly
2022
New Franchise: Cheltenham
2022
9 New Direct Branches: Henleaze (Bristol), Fareham, Highams Park, High Barnet, South Ealing, Croxley Green, Oxford, Romford, Farnham
2023
3 New Direct Branches: Earley, St Albans, South Ealing
2023
art-K teaching 6,000 students weekly
2023
Summer Exhibition of Student work at Peckham Levels
2023
Contributed 50 online artists to Guinness World Record celebrating Sky Portrait of the Year 10-year anniversary
2024
Launched Arty Birthday Parties at art-K
2024
New Franchise Opening: Burgess Hill
2024
2 New Direct Branches Opening: Hackney and Bexleyheath
2024
Summer Exhibition of Student work at OXO Bargehouse

What does a week with an art-K Franchise look like?

  • Minimum 4 after school classes
  • Saturday morning (and optional afternoon) classes
  • Project prep & planning
  • Customer engagement through emails, phone calls and at your studio
  • Implementing the marketing structure to grow your club within the community

art-K provides templates for all areas of the business.

 Our mission

There are over 50 art-K clubs across England and together they teach over 6,000 children a week. This makes us the largest dedicated educator of children’s art skills in the country, and we’re only just getting started. art-K may not be as established as some other well-known institutions, but our website traffic is higher; we’ve been featured on ITV, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio Kent, London Post, The Guardian and local news as journalists look for stories and content around art.

As a network, our first ambition is to reach 10,000 children a week under tuition, and as an art-K Franchisee, you would be helping to achieve that milestone and recognition for art.

Why do we want to achieve that number? What will we do with it?

We want to build a professional company that teaches art, and also has all the necessary management support team to cover finance, HR, H&S, Recruitment/Training, Marketing, etc. – so we can provide a teaching environment that dedicated art teachers feel secure and proud to work within.

To securely and viably provide that environment, we are building up 10000 students a week and providing the best service to ensure word-of-mouth draws more and more students into the joy of learning art skills.

art-K is already building that management team right now; we employ over 60 full time staff (including the art leaders, but excluding Franchisees), so there’s a wealth of support and advice to draw on. In addition to employing those core full time positions, clubs also provide part time and contract assistant positions (currently there’s over 300 assistants contracted) and, as a result, become a pivotal art space for local communities.

We believe in a rounded education, and fine art provides a unique opportunity for children to understand that different people see things differently – and that’s OK. That people from different walks of life and cultures can all find art a fun, experimental, and engaging pastime. From our view, art can and should be part of building a cohesive culture which encourages interest or empathy for different or opposing views. We configure our classes to minimise any sense of competition, which helps keep the environment relaxed and conducive to new ideas and creativity.

At its core, art is about expression and no matter what age students are at, or stage of development, that expression is a photograph of the student’s dexterity and cognitive ability and is a unique point in time and space. Children develop so quickly that these artworks will never be repeated. The art made in our classes might stay on a parent’s walls for all their lives.

With the quantity of students under tuition, we are constantly reviewing the programme with a view to improving all the time. No other art organisation has the quantity or quality of feedback to make these improvements.

Our Franchisees

Steve

Tring
Franchisee

Prerna

Northwood
Franchisee

Kerrie

Worplesdon
Franchisee

Marianne

Teddington
Franchisee

Ejiro

Barry, South Wales
Franchisee

Jenny

Worthing
Franchisee

Johan

Letchworth Garden City
Franchisee

Stacey

Ewell
Franchisee

Sara

Truro
Franchisee

Dan

Cheltenham
Franchisee

Andrea

Cambridge
Franchisee

This could be you!

Want to learn more about this franchise opportunity?

Click the button below and fill in the form to request an art-K franchise prospectus.

Our Franchise Consultant will then be in touch to provide further information.