Now, more than ever, ‘we need to establish new ways of nourishing the imagination’

Nicholas Serota, Arts Council England – 28th March 2020

Arts Lab is a social enterprise that uses visual art to promote and inspire creative thinking and doing in every aspect of people’s lives.

We connect artists with communities, making art accessible to everyone.

Championing collaboration, play and curiosity, we encourage experimentation and creative thinking.

The result is that we can all feel more connected and valued and inspired to affect positive change in our own and others’ lives.

In response to the current crisis, Arts Lab will be helping to combat levels of isolation and anxiety in some of our most vulnerable communities. Watch this space for upcoming projects

We run a What’s On programme of events and workshops from our home studio in Dartington, UK (have a look to see what’s in the pipeline).

We run projects in the community across education, ciminal justice, youth and health services.

We support artists to develop their practices in new, exciting ways that connect with communities.

We share inspiring case studies and stories of people and organisations we have worked with.

 We make and sell affordable art for the home and the workplace (online shop coming soon!)

Our vision is of a society that values art and the human need for connection and purpose through creative expression, experimentation and collaborative making


A platform for artists to meet, make work, and above all, to experiment

A platform for artists


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Boost morale and productivity in the workplace (on hold for now)

Workshops and away days

What’s on at Arts Lab

'Home Land' - Photography Exhibition
04/09/2020 - 09/09/202010:00 am - 5:00 pm
'Home Land' - Photography Exhibition

Exhibition showcasing 4 local, young photographers’ take on the theme ‘home town’. All the artists live in Totnes in transition between art college and careers doing what they love.

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After School Art Club - autumn course
07/09/2020 - 19/10/20204:00 pm - 6:00 pm
After School Art Club - autumn course

Weekly after school art club for 8-14 year olds with Arts Lab’s Sophy D’Angelo. Developing ideas and talents in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, students learn new skills and experiment with mixed media.

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Making Mondays – Experimental Drawing & Painting
07/09/2020 - 19/10/20206:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Making Mondays – Experimental Drawing & Painting

Weekly experimental drawing and painting classes for adult beginners, those who’ve had art in their lives and want more or anyone feeling adventurous to try something new.

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Behind the scenes

I joined the art workshop to support my adult son who is recovering from a mental health problem. It is helping him enormously and in a climate of severe cuts in the NHS, it is the only therapy group in our area.


A massive thank you to Arts Lab. It has been such a rich experience, transforming my life. I now have friends for the first time in years with enough confidence & optimism to go out into the world.

Janie aged 19

Thank you for hosting, organising and inspiring the most fantastic sessions in your studio – everyone loves them!

Eva Hamilton MBE
- Founder & CEO of Key4Life

The studio at Dartington feels like another world which helps students remember educational experiences in a positive light.

Ben Moon
- Art Tutor

Arts Lab is ideal for young people with emotional and medical/mental health difficulties. Students feel safe there, overcome their reluctance to get involved and have fun.

Assistant Principal
- Schools Company South & West Devon Academy

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