Creative Spaces

Creative Spaces is a project enabling learning disabled artists to take advantage of the Gallery’s art studio for the development of their own work.  Exploring the Gallery’s Collection and portraiture, the Gallery supports artists through 8- week creative art courses.

During the course, artists have the opportunity to use the studio and art materials to develop their own practice, experiment, research ideas using the Gallery and its Collection, make large scale works, explore new techniques, share skills and be part of an artists’ community.

The courses are supported by Gallery staff and facilitated by artists. All art materials including easels, paper, pencils, charcoal, brushes, oil and acrylic paint are provided by the Gallery. Together the group shapes the direction of the course with regards to content, themes and activities.

Creative Spaces is run in partnership with Shape and Westminster Society for Disabled People. The project was piloted in 2012 in consultation with key charities and arts organisations.

Feedback from participants and key workers demonstrates the value of the project:

“I feel confident that I can do this, it’s been the best experience of my life – the staff are artists too which is great” participant

“I loved every minute of this, I like using new materials, meeting everyone especially the artists at the Gallery they were great, not like teachers, we talked about our work and new ways to think about the things I do” participant

“X will get so much from coming to the Drawing Room, he keeps wanting to come back and sketch even when the workshops aren’t running” key worker

“I cannot express the difference in x her work and outlook has really changed, She really has pushed herself and her artwork has developed dramatically. We didn’t know what to expect when we arrive, but the team here was amazing, through discussion (not lecturing), showing examples and having fun has made both of us keen to attend other events here” key worker

Creative Spaces courses take place on Thursdays in the art studio 10.30 – 14.00.

The next course is:

15 January – 12 March 2015

If you are over 18 years old and interested in participating in future courses please email [email protected]

Supported by the Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation.