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The Arts Seen provides free or affordable photography to people struggling to launch their career in the arts due to financial obstacles.

So many people dream of getting into the arts, but first impressions are everything in such a competitive field. A professional portfolio helps you stand out, but the cost is often prohibitive. Most candidates who experience diversity, disability and financial challenges will not even get as far as being seen.

A professional headshot is crucial to anyone looking to get into the arts. It is the first time a casting director will see an aspiring actor, or the photo on the first published work of an author or poet. It is a photograph that needs to capture their personality and charisma to represent what makes the individual unique.

With the average starting price of headshot photography being £125 this is often out of reach for those who are faced with diversity, disability or financial challenges. Receiving rejection after rejection due to unprofessional photographs, leaves the individual and those supporting them, with feelings of lack of confidence, low self-esteem and worthlessness which can lead to depression and other mental health challenges.

The Arts Seen helps to level this playing field by removing the obstacles to launching a career in the arts. By helping to improve accessibility in the arts we can look forward to a future with greater representation from all sectors of society, not simply the privileged few.



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The Arts Seen is aimed at all age ranges and will be open to those who are hoping to go into the arts or who are in the arts and having struggles. Affordable sessions will be available to all, however free or discounted sessions will be allocated to those who meet one or two of the following criteria:

  • The household income is below £25,000 per year
  • The individual receives Universal Credit
  • The individual receives Disability Allowance
  • The individual receives Housing Benefit
  • The individual is currently in care
  • The individual has previously been in care
  • The individual is eligible for Free Schools Meals
  • The individual is a refugee or asylum seeker
  • The individual would describe themselves as Black, Asian or from an ethnic minority
  • The individual has a disability*
  • The individual has a learning disability and/or has special educational needs*
  • The individual is a young parent (under 20 years of age)
  • The individual is a young carer
  • You’re disabled or learning disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.

If you meet any one of the criteria above you could be eligible for a 50% discount on the session fee and downloads. 

If you meet two or more of the criteria you could be eligible for a free session and downloads.

Proof of circumstances may be requested before or at your session.

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2021 & 2022

With thanks to the Verulamium Museum in St Albans I am now VERY EXCITED to be able to launch my new PHOTOGRAPHY MINI SESSIONS.