Sir Christopher Wren’s stunning architectural masterpiece, the Old Royal Naval College is an artists’ paradise. With beautiful details and outstanding architecture, there’s so much to draw!

The ORNC has recently launched a new members’ group, the ORNC Art Club. The Art Club seeks to promote and encourage the creation of marine art through regular meetings, painting expeditions and lectures. The club meets at the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) twice a month and all levels of experience are welcome.

Ian Milner, Chair of The ORNC Art Club said:
What greater inspiration could there be for Maritime Artists than Wren's riverside masterpiece steeped in our own Naval History.”

Mary Ellen, Development and Communications Director at the Old Royal Naval College, said:
"As the centrepiece of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site and the former National Gallery of Naval Art, we are delighted to welcome the ORNC Art Club; which seeks to promote and encourage the creation of marine art, to the Old Royal Naval College. Art Club members join ORNC Angels in supporting our work and we look forward to seeing the exhibition of their work in the Gallery at the ORNC this autumn.”

Members of the Art Club will also be entitles to a number of benefits including: exclusive events, two for one tickets on tours and discounts in the ORNC Shop and The Old Brewery.

For more information and how to join, visit

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Notes to editors

For more information or images contact:

Tom Ryley

+44 (0)208269 4762

About the Old Royal Naval College:

The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) in Greenwich was established as the Royal Hospital for Seamen by King William III and Queen Mary II in 1694.

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, it is one of the most important ensembles in European baroque architecture. From 1705, the Royal Hospital provided modest, wood-lined cabins as accommodation for retired sailors, housing as many as 2,700 residents at its peak in 1814. The last naval pensioners left in 1869, when the site became home to the Royal Naval College, an officers’ training academy, until 1997. When the Navy left, an independent charity was established to conserve the site for present and future generations, and create enjoyment, learning and unique cultural experiences for everyone.

Today this historic landmark is open to the public and is the home of three unique and free to visit attractions; the Painted Hall, the Chapel, and the Discover Greenwich visitor centre.

The Painted Hall is the greatest piece of decorative painting in England and has been described as ‘the Sistine Chapel of the UK’. The walls and ceilings were painted by Sir James Thornhill between 1708 and 1727.

The Chapel of St Peter and St Paul is a neo-classical masterpiece by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart and William Newton. Featuring a Samuel Green organ and an altarpiece painted by Benjamin West, it is one of the finest eighteenth century interiors in existence.

The ORNC is free to all visitors and is open daily from 10.00-17.00.

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