ActionSpace supports the development of artists with learning disabilities and creates innovative projects for people with learning disabilities to engage with the visual arts.
At ActionSpace’s three dedicated art studios based at Studio Voltaire in Clapham, Cockpit Arts in Holborn and ACAVA’s Flying Angel Studios in Canning Town, artists with learning disabilities attend weekly Studio Projects and receive guidance and mentoring from specialist artist facilitators. This supports them to develop their practices and establish their own unique artistic signatures.
ActionSpace’s young people’s projects provide regular opportunities for young people with learning disabilities to explore their creativity and discover new skills. They also give them the chance to meet like-minded young people and to create strong support networks, which is particularly important during the transition from school to adult life. The visual arts can provide a lifeline for these young people by helping them to develop a method of self-expression, which can reduce their frustration and anger. Exhibiting artwork in local venues provides them with a way of participating in their community and gives them valuable positive acknowledgement.