Aims and objectives
Action Space enriches lives by developing creativity. Our artists gain a sense of their own potential, as do those around them. Over time, their self-esteem increases and their sense of isolation is reduced.
Our aims are:
• To encourage the personal and creative development of each artist;
• To serve the whole of the adult learning disabled community in terms of age, type and level of disability, cultural background and also geographically, with a particular focus on Greater London;
• To be an advocate and provide a platform to showcase the talents of artists with learning disabilities;
• To provide opportunities for the general public to experience and engage with the great art created by artists with learning disabilities.
Establishing a Place in the Contemporary Arts World
This strand of our work is aimed at increasing the presence and raising the profile of artists with learning disabilities in the contemporary arts world. One of Action Space’s key strengths has been our approach to developing partnerships and collaborations with high profile contemporary arts organisations. Over the coming years we intend to expand this area of our programme. We will continue to grow our networks, establishing a number of partnerships through which we will deliver a range of initiatives for our artists. This will include exhibition projects, commissions, individual and group residencies, master classes and guest tutor sessions, gallery study visits, mentoring, associate artist schemes and a range of professional development initiatives for individuals and groups of our artists.
See the full list of our funders, supporters and partners here.
Action Space currently has eight trustees, who provide a range of skills and experiences. Find out more about our trustees here.
Action Space currently employs two Co-Directors, Administrator, Pastoral Care Worker and Administrative Assistant. The Administrative Assistant is employed under the Access to Work scheme for people with learning disabilities. Meet our staff.
Action Space has a pool of seven freelance artist facilitators who deliver the various projects. All Action Space artist facilitators are all educated to degree level and have at least five years experience working with people with learning disabilities. Find out more about artist tutors.
Volunteer session assistants are an important resource for Action Space as they enable us to provide a uniquely personalised service and a high staff to student ration, which maximises the benefits to the artists. Meet our volunteers.