Creative enrichment for all walks of life

Resilient communities

We offer creativity workshops, in partnership with community-based hosts and established artists. These partnerships are typically focused around environmental and societal themes, and aim to attract participation from deep within the grassroots.

Workshop participants benefit from creative enrichment in a relaxed and familiar setting, with practitioners who they wouldn't have otherwise worked alongside. To further encourage their creativity, the best work made - regardless of age - has the potential to be exhibited at a community-based showcase. The emphasis is to profile work by aspiring, emerging and professional artists alike, who respond to the same theme.

Subsidised opportunities in the grassroots

Together with community-based partners, we produce free or very low cost creative enrichment opportunities for Chelsea Fringe, Wandsworth Arts Fringe, Community Business Weekend and Get Creative UK. These public productions are time consuming and therefore costly to deliver. We rely on art buyers to help continue to offer subsidised opportunities. Please show your support with a purchase from the paintings, prints and sculptures shown.

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Progress

In partnership with charities, voluntary groups, community centres, public venues and primary schools we have delivered over 25 exhibitions plus around 650 places at visual art workshops and talks.

The majority of participants, across all ages, have attended multiple events since 2013. We know from their feedback that they enjoy the opportunity to develop their creative interests and self-expression in a supportive environment. Many have said they would probably otherwise have stayed at home had they not attended our events during weekends and holidays. 

Workshop participants of all ages, from as young as six years, have been invited to enter new solo work for group exhibitions.

As a growing collective we are proud to have received excellent media support over the years, which also benefits our community-based partners. Please click here for a feature highlighting our work.

Highlights

  • Locals' Art Hut kindly hosted by Thrive Battersea Park for Chelsea Fringe Festival - annually since 2016.

  • 700 places enjoyed by ages 3 to 80+ in 50 creative enrichment 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 over 30 established artists in painting, print making, drawing, collage, mixed media, cartooning, sculpture and ceramics.

  • In London, hosted by three primary schools, six youth clubs, seven public venues and charitable groups: Thrive charity 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.

  • Politics on Canvas and Tell the Canvas are community/society themed creativity workshops for adults and young people. For all levels and ideally beginners.

  • Locals' Exhibition launched in 2016 during two London fringe arts festivals offering free workshops and talks. Locals' Art Hut is the flagship production in the Locals' Exhibition series.

  • 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 central London and Bath. Work by 80 people from ages 4 to 83 was exhibited, including that of eight professional artists who ran Move workshops within the community in the lead up to the launch.

  • Move Exhibition and Locals' Exhibition showcased in London for Wandsworth Fringe Arts festival 2015 and 2016.

  • 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.