"It is hugely encouraging to see an innovative visual arts organisation engaging with social care services to support people with intellectual impairments. I am also pleased to see the partnerships forming between Project Art Works and galleries to ensure they are open to all and that people who have produced some great art can get their work shown."
Ed Vaizey - Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries 2012.
"We can all learn from Project Art Work’s mission to enrich the quality of life for people with severe intellectual impairments through art. It has a huge impact both nationally and locally and has provided 15 years of innovation and excellence in the field of visual arts practice for individuals with profound neurological impairments."
Alan Davey - Arts Council Chief Executive 2012.
Project Art Works leads the field nationally in pioneering visual arts projects for individuals with profound neurological impairments. From our experimental research base in East Sussex, we have been developing and evolving projects and methodologies over the past 15 years.
Our practice embraces the different and complex relationships – families, carers, communities and the state – that surround people who have intellectual impairment. It unites knowledge of the social care sector and the primary issues facing people who have profound impairments, with high conceptual and artistic standards to produce work that attempts to disrupt perceptions.
Across three programme strands: Art & Social Policy; Art & Collaboration and Research & Dissemination we establish the conditions for meaningful collaboration through non-hierarchical, deep and open connections between people – participants, audiences, organisations and artists.
Our artists use film, paint, construction, drawing, print, digital media and environments of light and sound as a means of shared, creative investigation.