Services for young people

What we offer

Experimental mixed and multimedia workshops for groups off up to 20, run by professional, DBS checked practising artists with a breadth of experience working with young people as tutors and facilitators. We promote the fun and freedom of making art independently and with each other:

  • half day experimental making £150 per group (max 20)*
  • whole day experimental making £250 per group (max 20)*
  • residential weekend (please enquire)                             *Additional materials cost of approx. £35 depending on size of group and length of session

‘Increased confidence and social skills, freedom to express, unjudged, safe and supportive, inspirational and fun.’

Who/ what for

Organisations, institutions or programmes working with 12-25 year olds:

  • children’s services
  • GPs and mental health services
  • alternative school provision for school refusers
  • youth offending/ reoffending prevention programmes

Young people as individuals who are:

  • experiencing complex social and emotional needs which make them more vulnerable
  • experiencing mental health issues
  • enthusiastic to experience arts engagement in a new environment outside of school

What’s the problem?

One in four of our country’s 12-25 year olds suffer from anxiety and/or depression. We have a generation of increasingly isolated, uninspired and disempowered young people without purpose. Add to this political instability and the fact that the health and welfare services, education and the arts have been seriously compromised by financial cuts and the problems confronting our young people become stark.


Art is a great leveller. It helps to connect people with themselves, each other and the world around them. Arts Lab is a safe, non-judgmental environment, where working alongside professional artists, participants are inspired and helped to raise their aspirations. Young people leave the lab feeling happier, more active and optimistic.

‘We love the flexibility and creativity in all that you do here’

Sarah Pollard –  Key4Life

Bookings & enquiries

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Why choose Arts Lab

    • Safe and non-judgmental environment
    • Memorable, out of norm experience in professional artist’s studio
    • Peaceful place for artistic inspiration in Dartington’s physical setting
    • Increased confidence and belief in own ability to make healthy decisions for themselves and others
    • Improved ability to problem solve and affect positive change in own lives and lives of others by working ‘beyond comfort zone’ in expressive and experiential ways
    • Working alongside professional artists, to see themselves as artists, opening up possibility of taking part in other arts sessions beyond group
    • Increased competence in artistic skills and approaches
    • Built, reinforced and improved confidence in positive connections and relationships
    • Overcome reluctance to get involved, ‘have a go’ and pressure to ‘perform’/conform
    • Reduced anxiety
    • Instilled ‘can do’ mentality
    • Instilled curiosity and love of learning through engaging and interactive activities
    • Results can include bold, bright work to be taken away
    • Enjoyment
    • Flexibility to bring service to you, engaging with those anxious about learning in unfamiliar places

What’s Been Said

“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.”  Debbie Chalk – Assistant Principal Schools Company South and West Devon Academy

“The studio at Dartington feels like another world which helps students remember educational experiences in a positive light.” Ben Moon – Art tutor, King Edward VI Community College, Totnes

“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 and 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


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