London’s leading development agency for neurodivergent artists
Established in the 1960s, ActionSpace advocates for diversity within the contemporary visual arts sector by supporting neurodivergent artists to develop their artistic practice, sell and exhibit work, amongst other creative projects. We seek to make professional careers in the arts a realistic option for neurodivergent artists by nurturing their talent and ambition.
Our status as a sector leader within the UK has been recognised by Arts Council England, who have funded our work for over 20 years. In the 2018-22 National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) funding round, ActionSpace was one of only 4 organisations in London to be awarded an uplift in funding.
Our work with high profile cultural organisations such as the Royal Academy of Arts, Camden Arts Centre, The Museum of Everything, Outside In/Pallant House Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery has helped to establish a place for neurodivergent artists in the contemporary arts sector.
We are part of the European Outsider Art Association.
We aim to make a professional career in the arts a realistic option for neurodivergent artists.
At our dedicated studios based at Cockpit Arts in Holborn, Studio Voltaire in Clapham and ACAVA’s Barnham Park Studios in Brent, neurodivergent artists attend weekly Studio Projects and receive guidance and mentoring from our specialist artist facilitators. This supports them to develop their practices and establish their own unique artistic signatures.
Our exhibition programme provides our studio artists with opportunities to showcase and sell their work. Each artist has at least one opportunity a year to exhibit their work. Participatory events such as Watch this Space allow our artists to share their practice with the general public and to engage with others with neurodivergent artists by inviting them to explore their creativity in a festive environment.
Our professional development programme is run in partnership with a range of contemporary arts organisations. The programme aims to provide our artists with the same opportunities and experiences available to their peers. ActionSpace encourages artists to take control of their professional practice and supports them by continuing to develop contacts within the visual arts sector in order to create bespoke projects. The ActionSpace team mentor individuals to submit work for open submission exhibitions and pursue other advertised opportunities and support their participation.
ActionSpace’s Beyond the Studio programme extends our work outside of the studio, and responds to the needs and interests of London’s neurodivergent community. We work with partners across London to deliver projects that stimulate, inspire and transform the participants’ lives through building confidence and learning new skills.