If you are a social enterprise, organisation or independent company interested in or already working towards creativity and play being more integral to people’s lives and communities, Arts Lab would like to meet you and explore ways of working together.
The Lab’s early development was supported by the Dartington Hall Trust in rural South Devon which situated the arts alongside social justice to broaden the reach of audiences and affect positive social change. From 2016-2020, we were based in the heart of the estate in a 109-square metre studio, an ideal place from which to run our programme and residencies and to develop clarity for future projects. The combined impact of a changing Dartington and Covid, led us to the decision, in June 2020, to leave the Trust, become independent and to run our services from a virtual platform.
We’ve been in partnership with Kevicc from the start, supplementing the school’s visual arts provision. We run annual enrichment days, offer support for portfolio building and provide opportunities for 16+ artist volunteers to get involved with the Lab. Our arm also extends to the Art Foundation students at Kennicott.
Arts Lab has an ongoing partnership with Plymouth College of Art – ‘a beacon of hope that still values the individual human being – the artist and the maker’. We are a resource for graduates and postgraduates, providing opportunities for professional practice development, placement mentoring and internships and residencies.
The Apricot Centre (CIC) Wellbeing Service for Children and Families works with young people and families ‘on the edge of potential.We think that wherever there are trouble and difficulties, creative solutions can also be found. Our therapists work in teams across East Anglia (Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk), and South Devon. We offer a range of specialist therapies, assessments, mentoring and also less intensive farm activities which foster wellbeing.’
Arts Lab’s first work with the Centre was at a Youth & Wellbeing Forum hosted by Schumacher College in 2018. We are currently working in partnership with them on our Covid-19 response Young Artists – Sharing the Light project.
Imagine this ….. Torbay is a big lottery funded partnership programme looking at ways to improve lives for children growing up in Torbay. Led by Torbay Community Development Trust, the overall purpose of the partnership is to work together to create solutions that improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people. Arts Lab is one of the working partners, specifically in the area of public health, helping to develop provision for 0-19 year olds through visual art.