New Ground: A report on ActionSpace’s Participatory Art Programme by Elizabeth Lynch MBE


Completed in 2024 following a three year Participatory Art Programme supported by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Elizabeth Lynch MBE reports on the activities and impacts of ActionSpace’s ambitious programme.

Over the three year Participatory Art Programme, ActionSpace artists developed their practices to become workshop leaders and increased participation in the arts for people with learning disabilities. The report draws together insights and reflections from the Participatory Art Programme, considering the personal and creative development of the ActionSpace artists, and the experiences of audiences and support services and school staff. 

Read the full report.


Learn more about ActionSpace’s Participatory Art Programme on the Make It Live website.


About Elizabeth Lynch MBE

Elizabeth Lynch MBE works with artists, communities and organisations as an advisor and researcher to create and support ambitious cultural programmes. Her experience lies in collaborating with and commissioning artists in community contexts and in producing interdisciplinary projects across art, science, health and education.

After running several youth arts projects, Elizabeth established the groundbreaking youth-led Roundhouse Studios as Director 2000-8 and now works for arts organisations, local authorities, museums and heritage organisations including the National Gallery, Government Art Collection, Wellcome Trust, Creative People & Places projects and the National Trust. She has worked as a theatre director in India and Pakistan and on the UK/India Silk River programme 2017 in West Bengal. She is Chair of Theatre-Rites, Co-Chair of CADA (Creative Ageing: Development and Agency) and What Next? Wandsworth, Trustee of I Am Irish and Associate Research Fellow, School of Arts, Birkbeck University.

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