Art About is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company offering workshops run by local artists Helen Morley and Wendy Daws. The purpose of this project is to provide contemporary Fine Art opportunities to adults who are excluded from mainstream higher education and art making opportunity, for reasons of disability or disadvantage.
The focus is on developing the artist, their art and their abilities, not on disability. This is very exciting because it is accessing and evidencing a truly creative pool of under-explored talent. Long term, they want to build these new skills towards training, qualifications and even potentially employment, broadening the lives of excluded people. They will be enlarging the cultural offer to the region, showcasing great art and artists, and building opportunities to connect with the wider community.
The project is now in its second phase and for the next three months and they have their own pop up studio space in Boundary Wharf, Chatham. The studio will be a place where people can develop their skills in a creative, safe and friendly atmosphere. Both artists are experienced mentors, working with people with learning disabilities, visual impairment and other sensory or physical disability (at Maidstone Social Services day centres, Kent Association for the Blind, The Topaz Community and Spadework) and we want to support people to discover and grow their own creative potential, both as individuals and as a group. References are available.
The studio days will be Monday and Tuesday from the 4th February onwards until mid April and will be open from 9.30am until 4pm. The fee for the day is £5 including all materials and is supported by the Arts Council. The groups will be small (no more than 10) so that we can give a good standard of support. Both Helen and Wendy have £5m public liability insurance and recent enhanced CRB checks and there will always be two staff present. The building is fully risk assessed and has a fire evacuation policy. Family or support workers are welcome to join us—please wear old clothes and bring a packed lunch.
The studio building is ground floor and there is room for a minibus or car to drop off outside the door, and some nearby free parking. The toilets are in an adjacent building and may not be ideal for everyone right now (we are working towards full disabled facilities next spring) so we invite you to come in and visit to see if they are suitable and chat over your requirements. Please email Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07849926239 to make an appointment to view the studio and drink tea!
More information at www.art-about.co.uk