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We enable artists with learning disabilities to develop their creative practice, exhibit and sell their art. Here are some examples of our recent work:
- In 2017, ActionSpace created the opportunity for Andrew Omoding to apply for the HOUSE Biennial Commission, which he was awarded. The commission resulted in an exhibition at Phoenix Brighton. Through ActionSpace’s guidance, Andrew Omoding has also been working as an Artist Educator at Camden Arts Centre for two academic years (2016-17, 2017/18), through ActionSpace. He also completed a residency in 2016 with Trevor Marchard and Craftspace at ActionSpace with a touring exhibition following.
- By being part of ActionSpace, Thompson Hall has had two solo exhibitions, ‘Postcards from Brighton’ at the Brighton Dome in 2014, and Postcards from Glasgow at Project Ability. Through ActionSpace, Thompson Hall became part of the Steering Group for Creative Minds – and organisation which aims to get people talking about art by learning disabled artists and performers. In 2017, ActionSpace created an opportunity for Thompson to apply for the Unlimited Emerging Arts Commission, which he was awarded, resulting in an exhibition at The Koppel Project Hive in 2018.
- ActionSpace submitted Nigel Kingsbury’s drawing to the Outside In Award, which he won in 2012. This led to a solo exhibition at the Julian Hartnoll Gallery, and in 2015 Nigel’s work was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Nigel’s work was also exhibited at the Paris Outsider Art Fair with Outside In 2016, and in 2017 his drawings were part of This is Dedicated to the One I Love at The Gallery of Everything.
In addition to being validated as artists, the artists we work with benefit from elevated confidence, a wider social network, and increased independence. The majority of our artists have severe learning disabilities.
Image: Nnena Kalu with her work