Community-based, for all walks of life
Our Community-Based WORK
An ongoing series of creative enrichment productions to help foster community engagement. Our learn-by-doing approach emphasises participation regardless of experience.
We further encourage socially and ethnically diverse audiences by showcasing the best work from aspiring, emerging and professional artists alike, who respond to the same creative theme which is set and independently curated by Mel Barry.
Welcoming partnerships with charities, schools and local community groups
Partnerships are typically focused on environmental and community themes, including ways to attract participation from deep within the grassroots of communities across the south of England primarily.
An ongoing series of workshops, public exhibitions and talks is produced by Mel Barry and delivered through partnerships with community-based hosts and established artists.
Participants of any level of talent benefit from creative enrichment, in a relaxed and familiar setting, with practitioners who they wouldn't have otherwise worked alongside.
Excellent work created by any age has the potential to be selected for a live or digital exhibition, with an emphasis on profiling professional, emerging and aspiring artists alike.
Producing free or very low cost events that are highly accessible to the wider public is extremely time consuming and therefore costly. We rely on art sales to help continue our work. Please show your support with a purchase.
We pride ourselves on connecting grassroots community networks and established artists, in hundreds of hours of accessible events to date. We have delivered over five hundred places at visual art workshops and talks in partnership with charitable groups, community centres, public venues and primary schools.
The majority of participants, across all ages, have each attended multiple events over successive years since 2013. We know from their feedback that they enjoy the opportunity to develop their creative interests and self-expression in a supportive environment, and many say they would probably otherwise have stayed at home had they not attended events during weekends and holidays.
Workshop participants of all ages, as young as six, have been invited to enter further solo work for group exhibitions.
As a growing collective we are proud to have received excellent media support over the years since inception, which also benefits our hosts and other partners. Please click here for a feature highlighting our work.
What We've Achieved
- Locals Art Hut Chelsea Fringe Festival partnership with Thrive Battersea Park, annually since 2016.
- Over 625 places enjoyed by ages 3 to 84 in around 50 workshops and talks.
- 25 group exhibitions in a dozen public and private venues including gardens, co-working spaces; cafes/restaurants; youth clubs and community centres.
- Hundreds of hours of workshops delivered through partnerships with 25 artists in painting, print making, drawing, collage, mixed media, cartooning, sculpture and ceramics. Hosted by three primary schools; four London youth clubs; seven public venues and charitable groups including Thrive Battersea Park; Doddington & Rollo Community Roof Garden; IntoUniversity Brent; IntoUniversity Lambeth; Future Skills Youth Training; Haven Lodge sheltered accommodation; WoW Mums; Devas Youth; Hebe Foundation; Katherine Low Settlement and the Bromley-by-Bow Centre.
- The majority of workshop participants, across all ages, have attended multiple sessions since 2013.
- At Dashi Bath Spa Station Platform 2 see work by a group of aspiring, emerging and professional artists. Good coffee!
- Politics on Canvas and Tell the Canvas are community/political themed creativity workshops for adults and young people, all levels drawing and collage. Email to enquire about hosting this workshop on your premises for up to 20 participants.
- Locals Exhibition launched in 2016 during two London fringe arts festivals including free workshops and talks.
- Move and Locals exhibitions showcased in London at The Magic Garden and Mason's Arms for 2015 and 2016 arts festivals.
- The inaugural Move Exhibition opened in 2014 at Hebe Foundation during a London fringe arts festival, following which the Move collection went on tour in London and Bath. Work by around 80 artists from ages 6 to 83 years was exhibited, including that of eight professional artists who ran Move workshops within the community in the lead up to the launch.
- Emerge Exhibition opened in 2013 at Devas youth club during a London fringe arts festival. Work by seven professional artists was showcased alongside art by young people made during sculpture, painting, drawing and photography workshops facilitated by the seven.