Art Breaks: 12 - 22 August 2014


In the coming half term, we continue delivery of our popular art workshops benefitting young people aged 4-19 with high support needs and their families from across East Sussex.

The workshops provide stimulating and fun creative activities, and support through shared activities for parents/carers and their children. Working with professional artists, young people can explore different processes and media including painting, drawing, printmaking, filmmaking and large-scale 3-D construction.



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"S was very relaxed, involved and happy. Interestingly, he didn’t flap his hands, pace or talk about computer games! He must have been very involved and happy with what he was doing". Parent 2013

summer Art Break 2014

Big Lottery Reaching Communities

Inclusive Studios Project

We are delighted to announce success in our bid for a significant award from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund. The award supports a further 3 years of highly specialist visual art activity that will benefits adults with profound intellectual disabilities. The Inclusive Studios Project addressess unmet needs specific to this highly marginalised group. Its development has been directed in consultation with beneficiaries and provides:

-greater access to specialist purposeful activities in the mainstream

-opportunities for developing relationships and networks

-access to high quality person centred approaches that allow development of everyday life skills

The Project offers participants intensive 1:1 interaction with artists who have specialist expertise in art materials, techniques and processes. They are skilled in the kind of techniques (intensive interaction; person centred active support; total communication and positive behaviour support) that enables greater independence

The Room and Everything in It

Dilston Grove: 14 Nov - 1 Dec 2013

An exhibition that exposes the alchemy of collaboration between visual artists and people with profound intellectual disabilities. Through installation, video, objects and paintings the radical processes and preoccupations of the Tuesday Studios group and their prodigious output are revealed in enigmatic and inspiring ways.

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Art Breaks: 31st October & 1st November

Art Breaks returns to the Project Art Works Studio in the October half term - with 4 half day workshops for individuals with complex needs aged 4-19 and their families/carers.

Explore different processes and media including painting, drawing, printmaking, filmmaking and large-scale 3-D construction - accessible to all irrespective of age or ability.

"I have got to say it has been some of the best four hours i have spent with my daughter" (Parent 2013).

Exposed to Real Art

Kate Adams writes in July's Arts Professional about the importance of individuals with profound intellectual disabilities making and experiencing visual art.


Summer Residency: Ore Valley Adventure Playground

13-16 and 19-22 August 2013

This summer, we will deliver our Art Breaks: Summer Workshops through a two week residency at Ore Adventure Playground. Over eight days, we will provide stimulating creative activities for children and young people with severe learning disabilities, alongside their families/carers. Our professional artists will work with participants to explore different processes and media including painting, printmaking, construction and film-making.

The residency continues our expansion of provision for children and young people in the region aged 4 - 19. Alongside developing relationships with regular playground attendees via In2Play, we will provide 2 workshop days for young people attending ESCC's Children's Disability Services Playscheme.

Art Breaks is kindly supported by ESCC Short Breaks, BBC Children In Need, The Three Guineas Trust, The Co-operative Membership Community Fund, Mrs A Lacy Tate Trust and Roy Hudson Trust.

Seminar Event at FACT

June 5th 2013. A moment of reflection as part of our on-going collaboration with FACT Liverpool and a point of departure towards new work. Involved in the seminar will be: Project Art Works; FACT;People and support teams who took part in the 2012 workshops.

Three Artists Selected for Show

Three Mentoring Studio participants have been selected to exhibit as part of Outside In: SouthEast. The work will be on display at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery in Hastings from 13 July - 29 September 2013. The works selected are: ‘House with Red Windows’ (Albert Geere), ‘Sports’ (Michelle Roberts) and ‘Painting Number 23’ (Jonathan Rogers). Alongside the show will be a room of works by Scottish Outsider Artist, Scottie Wilson.

Showcasing Practice:

2013 BILD Positive Behaviour Support International Research and Practice Conference

Taking place on 9th and 10th May, this prestigous conference brings together thought leaders and practitioners to share expertise and present recent findings on the use of positive behaviour support approaches in a range of settings for individuals withlearning disabilities. We have been invited to present to delegates on our unique studio practice and approach to working in collaboration with individuals who have profound intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour. We will also be exhibiting around 30 works from our studio participants in the conference space.

Our Museum Peer Review, Cardif 24 - 25 April 2013: Case Study

Our Museum: Communities and Museums as Active Partners is a Paul Hamlyn Foundation initiative to facilitate a process of development and organisational change within museums and galleries committed to active partnership with their communities, with the ambition of affecting the museum sector more widely. The primary purpose of the first Our Museum peer review was for the nine organisations and their community partners to meet together for the first time, share ideas and challenges and to build a sense of community of practice and mutual support.

Kate Adams was invited to present a case study to the peer review, showcasing Project Art Works delivery of embedded and empathetic art actions in collaboration with mainstream galleries.

An Icon in Hoxton

John Croft @ KK Outlet, Hoxton Square, London 3 - 27 May 2013

Don't miss this showcase of John Croft's 'Icons'. Ranging from Bowie to Blondie, John's pop portraits are on display alongside Wilfrid Wood's characters from his Heads and Bodies collection. "Seen cheek-by-jowl to Wood's work, the idea is that Croft's paintings provide a contrast in style and medium, whilst also complimenting it too, showcasing another unique and dynamic approach to portraiture (Creative Review)."

See and buy John's work.

Extended Provision for Children and Young People

Art Breaks: 3 - 5 April 2013

The forthcoming Easter holiday sees an expansion of our provision for children and young people aged 4-19. We also continue our partnership with In2Play, by delivering our workshops at Ore Valley Adventure Playground.

Over three days, we will provide stimulating, creative activities for children with complex needs and their families/carers. Our professional artists will work with participants to explore different processes and media including painting, printmaking, construction and film-making.

If you are interested in further information please contact Sarah Locke or Rachel Hine.

Side by Side: Learning Disability, Art and Collaboration

Spirit Level Gallery, Royal Festival Hall: 16 March - 5 April 2013

Project Art Works will showcase selected works by our studio participants as part of an international exhibition alongside 30 contributing organisations from around the world. We will curate a multi-media installation, providing insight into the dynamism of our weekly Tuesday Studios set up, and exhibit 3 paintings by Michelle Roberts (Mentoring Studios).

The Tuesday Studios production 'Did you have a good day' has been selected for a special screening on 27th March. This will be followed by a panel discussion to which our Creative Programme Manager will contribute.

Side by Side

Out There

Current and Upcoming across the UK

Three of our Mentoring Studios participants have work on display as part of group shows across the country.

Albert Geere’s, Abstract No. 2, shortlisted for the 2012 Jerwood Drawing Prize is on the last leg of the associated exhibition tour. Displayed last year at JVA at Jerwood Space, and the new Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, the artwork is currently at mac Birmingham until 3 March 2013.

Outside In 2012 Award Winner, Michelle Roberts, will have her work displayed as part of the project’s national tour. Beginning on 27 March 2013 at MEAL, East Anglia, the exhibition will travel to Royal Brompton Hospital, London, Salisbury Art Centre and The Public in West Bromwich.

Michelle has been offered a solo show in the Pallant House studio in October 2014.

Jonathan Roger’s Abstract in Pink, Grey and Black, purchased by Shape in 2011 for their collection, has been selected for a two-week exhibition at the prestigious HSBC headquarters in Canary Wharf. Shape created the showcase ‘to celebrate the outstanding calibre and cultural significance of art made by and about disabled people.’

Who's There?: One Year Later

Jerwood Gallery: 02.02.2013-17.04.2013

In early 2012, our artists and participants visited The Jerwood Gallery in the final week of its construction. Over the course of a bright winter's day, six Tuesday Studios consultants (all of whom are highly sensitive to the sounds, surfaces, light and qualities of built space) made a raw experiential investigation and documentation of the building.

To mark the first anniversary of the gallery, another survey visit is planned by the group. The resulting film-sound work will be shown as part of Knock Knock an exhibition of work by contemporary and internationally recognised artists with a close association to Hastings.

Anthology Launched at Tate Britain

On 31st October, we held a very successful launch of our Anthology at Tate Britain. The launch and accompanying film screening combined into a warm celebratation of 15 years of Project Art Works' actions and achievements. The full colour Anthology 1997 - 2012, is a survey of art and reflections on neurodiversity, social change and collaborative practice.

The book showcases and celebrates 15 years of art and action, with contributions from writers, academics and critics covering a wide spectrum of ideas that embrace art, social care, video art and the experience of living with neurological impairment.

The Anthology is priced at £25.00. Contact or 01424 423 555 to purchase a copy.

National Collaborations 2012

FACT & Project Art Works

October 10th to 17th

This encounter is the third in a series of collaborations between Project Art Works and key national art galleries around the UK. Fittingly staged during the Liverpool biennale and its theme of hospitality, FACT will be hosting a series of bespoke workshops designed and delivered by the Project Art Works team.

Through a process of mapping the social care sector in Liverpool, Project Art Works will invite a number of neurologically diverse groups to collaborate with them and the FACT team on three days of dynamic and connected workshops at FACT on the 15th, 16th, 17th October. The workshop environment and production will include film, sound and installation alongside more traditional practices such as painting and drawing as the basis for this exciting shared investigation.

Prior to these workshops Project Art Works will be running three days of training for the Fact team kindly hosted by Thingwall day centre, again centred on inclusive and collaborative practice.

The project is a unique opportunity and inspirational learning event for all participating groups. Beyond the quality of the work produced and experienced, the longer-term aim of Project Art Works is for the collaboration to act as a catalyst for establishing relationships between mainstream galleries and often-marginalised sections of society.

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Jerwood Drawing Prize: Albert Geere

Albert Geere - an artist who takes part in our weekly Mentoring Studios programme - has had a drawing selected for the prestigous annual Jerwood Drawing Prize. 'Abstract Pattern No.2 together with other examples of Albert's work are profiled and for sale through our on-line gallery.

The 2012 selected exhibition will initially be shown at JVA at Jerwood Space, London before touring to venues across the UK. A fully illustrated colour catalogue will be produced to accompany the exhibition.

Person-centred Planning

This is an 18-month pilot developing new and creative ways of supporting person-centred planning. Project Art Works is supporting young people aged 16 –19 and their families to work with a member of the East Sussex County Council transition team.

Together, we will consider the young person’s life now and in the future. What they want to do with their time, what needs they have, what they like doing and what kinds of people they want around them?

Using a variety of media and approaches, each small team will find a way to inspire, inform and to shape a plan for the future that can be easily updated over time and that is aspirational and unconstrained by preconceptions about what services may exist for them.

Commissioned by East Sussex County Council Transition services.


An evaluation report of the MK Gallery collaboration is now available.

'Project Art Works are an incredibly inspirational organisation and to be able to work so closely with them on the development of the exhibition States & Spaces, the workshops and events was an experience that has definitely made an impact on the organisation as a whole. As a team, I feel we now approach all aspects of our work - whether producing promotional material or programming an event or workshop, with this collaboraion in mind'.

Events/FOH Manager, MKG.

New Year Honours 2012

Kate Adams, artist, co-founder and director of Project Art Works received her MBE for services to Art and Disability in May 2012.

Sally Abbott, Regional Director of Arts Council England, South East said: 'Congratulations to Kate for this well deserved recognition of her work. Under Kate Adams leadership, Project Art Works has become renowned in the field of ground-breaking visual art. The organisation's collaborations alongside people with neurological impairment, their families and support agencies are creating outstanding work and making a real and lasting difference to people's lives.'

The Jerwood Survey

The Jerwood survey in February 2012 provided an opportunity to explore the new, as yet 'uninhabited' Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, in a way that provided poetic and intimate insights into its spaces.

We recorded an investigation of the building by our Tuesday Studios group, all of whom are highly sensitive to the qualities of built space. The investigation took place over one day and was recorded through sound and video and will be presented as a surround sound installation at Jerwood Gallery during the autumn/winter of 2012/2013.

Did you have a good day?

This film provides rare insight into Tuesday Studios as participants engage in weekly evaluation sessions. Did you have a good day? reveals the distinct connections between them, their support workers, the artist team and the art work produced over 12 weeks of studio workshops.

In Transit Phase final phase

We have entered the final phase of In Transit, a project that helps young people with complex needs by creating a rounded film portrait with which to broker relevant opportunities in their adult lives.

20 films have been completed to-date, and are being used by families, social workers and care providers for and on behalf of the young people involved. In Transit is funded by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and ESCC.

"The film is fantastic. It shows all aspects of T and that is so hard to achieve when you just try and describe him in a few minutes. Its a brilliant piece of kit and we have not stopped showing it to people."

Joshua Iveson. Duration 15 mins.
A film by Annis Joslin 2010
Matt Fricker. Duration 15 mins
A film by Tim Corrigan 2010
Call Out: Artists and Filmakers

We are interested in finding out from professional artists and filmakers to work with us on future projects. To register your interest please contact us.