Improved social wellbeing
We achieve this through providing opportunities to build meaningful relationships with peers with and without learning disabilities, founded on a shared love of art. The safe and relaxed environment that Artbox provides is invaluable in bringing the artists out of themselves, encouraging communication and interaction that has led to the formation of strong friendships.
Improved confidence and self-esteem
This is achieved through providing people with learning disabilities with the space and tools to express themselves through art, and the chance to build a positive identity as an artist. Receiving positive feedback and recognition for their work at our exhibitions helps reinforce positive emotions, while the sense of achievement and accomplishment is strengthened through receiving financial reward.
Earning money and being ambitious
Making art produces a tangible object that can be counted and exchanged for money. It is doing something, spending time doing it and getting money for it. This is of central importance to many of the artists and for most of the group, it’s the only time they experience earning money.
This is achieved through supporting artists as they try new experiences, and building their familiarity and confidence. Our supported trips have led to some of the artists visiting London art galleries independently, which is a fantastic achievement.
Positive attitudes in wider society regarding the talents and abilities of people with learning disabilities
This involves challenging negative stereotypes and focusing on what people with learning disabilities can do. Our exhibitions increase the visibility of people with learning disabilities within the art world and the wider community, and facilitate positive interactions between the artists and people with limited or no contact with people with learning disabilities.
Here are some of the artists talking about what art and Artbox means to them:
We've got ambitious plans for the future, and need your help. We want to open up new sessions for the artists, develop new activities, produce a wider range of artwork and products and one day, have our own studio!