The James Lewis Foundation Scholarship has been established in memory of James Lewis by his family. The Lewis family has generously renewed the scholarship, which was first awarded in 2012, in 2017 for a further five years. The Scholarship will be awarded to student paying fees at the home rate commencing the BA or BFA in Fine Art at the Slade. The recipient will receive the sum of £4,500 for each year of their programme of study, towards the cost of their fees, subject to satisfactory progress. The Scholarship will be awarded by staff of the Slade School, principally for excellence, with an assessment of financial hardship being taken into account.
James was always passionate about abstract expressionist art and had an affinity for the Slade after studying here on the Slade Summer School Foundation course in 2010. In 2011 when James was 23 he had an epileptic brain seizure and passed away peacefully. ‘Life is like rain, falling down onto a tree, then running down the trunk into a stream and evaporating back into the sky.’