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Redstart Arts

Funded on Spacehive 27 April 2016

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Redstart Arts

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An exciting and empowering opportunity for adults with learning disabilities to work with visual artists weekly towards a career in the arts, exhibiting at The Deptford Lounge and Horniman Museum 2016

Lewisham Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 27 Apr 2016!

Redstart Arts has a residency at the Deptford Lounge and Horniman Museum working with adults with learning disabilities in collaboration with Cash Aspeek and four other practising artists working in a range of materials and media. The project aims to bring in new participants and use established 'Redstarts' (previous participants) to mentor new ones. Redstart Arts has been running projects for the past 5 years working with group sizes up to 10 adults, collaborating with professional artists and working on a range of high profile public artwork series and installations at APT Gallery and Studios.

The sessions will run weekly and artwork made will be exhibited twice over the next year at the Deptford Lounge for Disability Awareness Month and Learning Disability Week. Redstart Arts will also be in residency at the Horniman Museum creating themed Discovery Boxes for the Hands On Base Gallery and working with Gandaia Arts for Brazilian summer celebrations, held in the Horniman Gardens.

What we'll deliver:

  • Arrange 8 taster sessions with up to 24 adults to explore creative ideas
  • Create a portfolio of artwork for exhibition, sales and commisions
  • Recruit and train new volunteers who will support the participants
  • Run 2 art workshops per week, each led by a professional artist

Why it's a great idea:

This project is all about empowering people who are disadvantaged, giving them greater access to community facilities and changing people's perceptions about what can be achieved given the right opportunity and support. Using arts to allow participants to work independently and with others will help them gain confidence, self esteem and respect. This project will give a strong sense of achievement for participants and draw public attention to what learning disabled artists can achieve

' It was exciting and very moving to see the participants so engaged and confident and the resulting exhibitions, which were spectacular, did everyone proud, I would recommend them to any potential supporters as a very creative and deserving team' - Mali Morris, Royal Academian

From a commission - 'The result was so exciting - three different rhinos all amazing and created in partnership with learning disabled visual artists. We loved what they came up with' - Paul Richards, Director of Stay Up Late

Steps to get it done:

  • Begin weekly sessions with the new Redstart Artists and professional artist
  • Meet with carers/families following the taster sessions and get participants signed up
  • Use local residential homes and other advisory services to advertise the taster sessions for potential participants
  • Use Voluntary Centre Lewisham and Goldsmiths to attract and train volunteers
  • Advertise the exhibitions and inform local press and local learning disabilities services
  • Document the artwork created and curate the exhibitions
  • Plan sessions, purchase materials and book visiting artists
  • Run a public workshop with the 'Redstarts' to engage the public and showcase the group


Location Lewisham

About the space

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London Borough of Lewisham

How will the money be spent?Total £3,722

Artist Fees - £1,000 (27%)
Transport for participants - £700 (19%)
Venue Hire - £500 (13%)
Materials - £500 (13%)
Exhibitions - £300 (8%)
Volunteer Expenses - £300 (8%)
Advertising - £200 (5%)
Other - £222 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Artist Fees
Transport for participants
Venue Hire
Volunteer Expenses
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees

Total £3,722

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