About Us


This section provides all the information about the Society you may need if you are considering joining the NSEAD together with an on-line application form and payment system. Should you need further information please e-mail info@nsead.org

Membership information

The National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) is a professional association and an independent trade union. Follow this link for general membership information and details of how to join online

What is the NSEAD?

The National Society for Education in Art and Design is the leading national authority concerned with art, craft and design across all phases of education in the United Kingdom. We offer, for a single subscription, the extensive benefits of membership of a professional association, a learned society and a trade union.


NSEAD Patrons

The Society is proud to have the patronage of Professor Sir Christopher Frayling (former Rector of the Royal College of Art and former chair Arts Council England), Sir John and Lady Frances Sorrell (Sorrell Foundation), Sir Nicholas Serota (chair Arts Council England and former director of Tate), Professor Magdalene Odundo OBE, Bob and Roberta Smith RA, OBE and Cornelia Parker RA, OBE.

Who we are

The NSEAD is run by staff members and the goodwill of our members.



What do we do?

The Society promotes, and when necessary defends, the interests of art, craft and design education in the United Kingdom.


What are our aims?

We aim to continue to be the principal organisation promoting and representing art and design in all phases of education throughout the United Kingdom.


What is our history?

The NSEAD's origins can be traced to 1888, when a group of art school principals recognised the need to raise the standard of art teaching and improve the status of art teachers.


The Athene Trust

The Athene Trust is an independent charity founded by the NSEAD in 1996.