About Us

The Marandi Foundation

Established in 2017, the Marandi Foundation reflects the personal charitable priorities of Javad and Narmina Marandi.

The Marandi Foundation is primarily focused on aiding some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, families
and communities in the United Kingdom.

The Marandi Foundation also maintains long term commitments to public art and cultural history conservation, providing
significant support to public art institutions and major cultural history initiatives.

The Marandi Foundation currently engages in four key areas:

  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Access to world class education for disadvantaged children
  • Cultural history preservation
  • National and public art institutions

Letter from our founders

Supporting Young
People’s Mental Health

The Marandi Foundation supports The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The Royal Foundation aims to support a broad range of ambitious activities, bringing people, ideas and resources together to understand issues, explore creative solutions to challenges and be a catalyst for long term-impact. Current programmes focus on the early years, mental health, the environment and conservation and supporting the service community. The Marandi Foundation has a particular interest in The Royal Foundation’s work on the early years and tackling the stigma around mental health, particularly for young people.

Access to Education

The Marandi Foundation enables a small number disadvantaged children to attend London’s prestigious St Paul’s School each year, through bursaries. The London school opened in 1509 with a mission to educate regardless of race, creed or social background. Today, it is one of the UK’s leading selective independent schools, located on a 43-acre site by the River Thames. Prominent St. Paul’s School alumni include international royalty, leading politicians, business people, athletes, cultural figures and leaders.

Arts and Culture

The Marandi Foundation is committed to supporting publicly available art in the UK and the conservation of cultural heritage.

The Marandi Foundation wholly funds The Watercolour World, a charity which provides free online access to documentary watercolours painted before 1900. Before the invention of the camera, people used watercolours to document the world. Over the centuries, painters – both professional and amateur – created hundreds of thousands of images recording life as they witnessed it. Every one of these paintings has a story to tell, but many are hidden away in archives, albums and store rooms, too fragile to display. The Watercolour World exists to bring them back into view.

Javad Marandi is chairman of the charity’s advisory board.

Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are patrons of The Watercolour World.

The Marandi Foundation provides core funding to London’s Serpentine Galleries to help ensure it remains free to the public. The Serpentine Galleries are two art galleries in Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, and are among London’s most popular cultural destinations, championing new ideas in contemporary art. The Serpentine has been presenting pioneering exhibitions for half a century from a wide range of emerging practitioners to the most celebrated and internationally recognised artists of our time.

The Marandi Foundation supports the expansion of the art collection at the United Kingdom’s Tate Gallery, through the European Collection Circle.

Tate is a family of four art galleries in London, Liverpool and Cornwall known as Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. Tate’s mission is to increase the public’s enjoyment and understanding of British art from the 16th century to the present day and of international modern and contemporary art.

Organistions We Support