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A4 Studios is a not-for-profit group of disabled and able-bodied artists who want to build creative studios and event space for those with disabilities and on low incomes.
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A4 Studios CIC is a non-for-profit organisation whose aim is to provide accessible art studios for artists of all abilities; encouraging artistic projects in the community. A4 Studios will be providing 22 fully accessible studios with on-site facilities to assist creative practitioners with mobility restrictions and cognitive disorders. We will be wheelchair accessible with easy access. Each resident will have access to a free mentoring programme aimed at assisting those with reading and writing impairments, such as dyslexia. Once open to the public, A4 Studios also intends to run a series of monthly workshops and events for the community to encourage participation in the arts. There will also be workshops aimed specifically at those with particular issues such as Mental Health and Autism. These workshops are aimed to improve the Health and Well-being of participants, whilst helping them to develop and maintain a personal identity that is not defined by a condition or disability.
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Why it's a great idea:
This is a much needed facility, as many existing studios in the area are facing closure and those that remain are unable to provide full accessibility for those who are disabled; leaving many artists who are disabled isolated and frustrated by the lack of space. Our aim is to provide fully accessible studios with on-site facilities to assist creative practitioners with mobility restrictions and cognitive disorders, whilst also providing space for artists on low incomes; such as students. Studio spaces allow artists the creative freedom to acquire and apply knowledge and skills in order to enhance their creative practice. The outcome of this increases the self-confidence and self-worth of the artist which we will further increase through the provision of peer support. Our aim is to create a artistic community whilst providing a leisure facility workshops, events and facilities for the local community to also get involved. This will be inclusive to all in the North west.
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