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.

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.


Here is an example of his recent work:

Sean Steadman

This is part of an ongoing project with the RA Schools, maintaining the close Machin links with the Royal Academy. When Arnold Machin died in 1999 he was the longest serving Academician having been an associate since 1947 and a full member since 1956. He was Master of Sculpture for some years at the RA Schools where he had a reputation for only accepting work of the highest standards. The Foundation is delighted to continue supporting the work of this unique art school.