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.
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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
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We are pleased to announce we have new work exhibited as part of our residency at Deptford Lounge. Please pop down, the work is displayed in the atrium so you'll have to ask a member of staff if we are not there. Redstart Arts will be at the Lounge today between 11.30am to 3.30pm, it would be great to see all our supporters. Thank you.