Transforming people and places with contemporary art

Arts Lab is a social enterprise that uses experimental visual art to connect artists and communities for mutual benefit. 

We run a What’s On programme of events and workshops from our home studio at Dartington in South Devon.

We involve communities in hands on creative making – from carers and children to teachers and students; prison officers and prisoners to corporate leaders and office workers.

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’ve worked with.

Our mission is to inspire creative thinking and positive transformation across communities with shared, hands-on involvement with and appreciation of contemporary art practice. Provided with opportunities to explore, experiment and express, not only are we helped to overcome obstacles and to make better decisions, we become better collaborators and have a broader understanding of our own, each others’ and the wider world.



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

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The Curious

A place for everyone to sign up for workshops, exhibitions and events

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The Vault

Explore our experiments, people we’ve worked with and projects

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Workshops and away days

What’s on at Arts Lab

After School Art Club - early spring course
24/02/2020 - 23/03/20204:00 pm - 6:00 pm
After School Art Club - early spring 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
24/02/2020 - 23/03/20206:30 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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Kids' Arts Lab Day & Exhibition
22/03/202010:00 am - 4:00 pm
Kids' Arts Lab Day & Exhibition

Whole day opportunity for children to explore a range of art media in a large studio, with a mini exhibition at the end of the day for family & friends.

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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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