Arnold Machin

From humble beginnings as a potteries apprentice Arnold Machin rose to become an acclaimed sculptor creating the iconic bas-relief portrait of Her Majesty the Queen used on all Royal Mail definitive issue stamps.

Patricia Machin

Patricia Machin was born in 1921 and studied painting at Goldsmith's where her tutor was Leonard Applebee. Finding inspiration from the Old Masters and still-life, she was an established painter, illustrator, designer and author.

Francis Machin

Architect, sculptor, businessman and painter, Francis Machin was a talented designer responsible for a range of conservatories and garden buildings still seen throughout the United Kingdom, United States and Europe.

The Machin Arts Foundation was founded in 2003 by Francis Machin to celebrate the life and work of his parents, Arnold and Patricia Machin, to promote figurative art and support emerging artists.

Figurative art is used to define art, most often painting and sculpture, that is representational and draws inspiration from the real world. The term is often applied retrospectively, but applies equally to much contemporary art.

The Foundation also supports talented emerging figurative artists.


The Machin Arts Foundation is a charity registered in England and Wales

Registered Company (Machin Arts Foundation Ltd.): No. 4610196

Registered Charity: No. 1096445

Registered Office: Newport House, Newport Road, Stafford, ST16 1DA

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Latest News

Machin Prize 2014

We are delighted to announce that Sean Steadman, currently at the Royal Academy Schools, has been awarded the Machin prize for 2014. Sean is a painter producing large scale ambitious works with a strong feel for materials.


Foundation Status

The Foundation website has been very quiet for some time as the Trustees make plans for the future direction of the Foundation.

Until 2008 we were based at the Shropshire home of our Founder and Director, Francis Machin - who sadly died suddenly in April 2007.



RA Schools Print Studio

The Foundation is delighted to have provided grant support to the Royal Academy Schools for their print studio refurbishment.