ActionSpace seeks out and unlocks talent, creates opportunities and enables learning disabled artists to realise their potential.
We work with learning disabled artists across London as a Creative Hub, Supported Studio and Artist Development Agency.
Our status as a sector leader is recognised by Arts Council England (ACE), who have supported our work for over twenty years. We are delighted to have been awarded an uplift as part of ACE’s 2023-26 National Portfolio Investment Programme.
Our Chair of the Board of Trustees, John Tizzard comments:
The Arts Council England (ACE) investment programme funding and once again being an ACE National Portfolio Organisation is very important to ActionSpace. It is a recognition of the excellent and pioneering work we do to support learning disabled artists to fulfill their potential and to grow their professional practice. The funding and NPO status will enable us to implement our ambitious strategy, to expand our impact, to contribute to making the arts world accessible to learning disabled artists.
ActionSpace works at the centre of the cultural sector. Our on-going partnerships with leading cultural organisations such as Studio Voltaire, Camden Art Centre, the Royal Academy of Arts and The British Museum enable us to make a professional career in the visual arts a realistic option for learning disabled artists.
At our dedicated studios based at Cockpit Arts in Holborn, Studio Voltaire in Clapham and ASC’s Ealing Road Studios in Brent, 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 Make It Live allow our artists to share their practice and to engage with others.
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 learning disabled 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.
Images: Nnena Kalu, Studio Voltaire elsewhere. Credit Francis Ware. ActionSpace studio at Studio Voltaire. Credit FRENCH+TYE. Andrew Omoding, It’s my work, come see, come see, Camden Art Centre. Credit Hydar Dewachi. Ian Wornast, Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2021. Sharon Adokorach East London Printmakers workshop