Artbox London is a registered charity and social enterprise that runs art workshops, trips, exhibition and sales opportunities for people with learning disabilities and autism.
Through our work, we aim to improve the wellbeing and inclusion of people with learning disabilities and autism, while increasing their visibility in the community and raising the profile of their artwork in the wider art world.
Find out more about the main areas of our work:
The workshops are fun and sociable, providing a great opportunity to make and meet friends and reduce isolation and loneliness. All the artists follow their own inspiration and develop their own ideas, which gives them choice and control over an aspect of their lives and is especially important for people with high level care and support needs who may experience a lack of independence.
We also offer a range of opportunities for artists to build confidence and skills through teaching or co-leading workshops, giving presentations and helping with sales at exhibitions. This has helped some artists to access new opportunities including paid and voluntary work.
Through our trips to art galleries and libraries in Central London, we ensure that people with learning disabilities and autism are able to access London’s rich cultural life.
The trips are a fantastic way for the artists to learn about art, get new ideas and spend time with their friends.
By travelling to Artbox trips as a group on public transport, artists become familiar with new routes and venues. Several artists have since ventured to galleries on their own, which is a fantastic achievement.
Our exhibitions give the artwork the visibility and recognition it deserves.
The artists also attend, giving visitors an opportunity to meet with and get to know the artists and artwork. These interactions, however small, can make a big difference to people’s perceptions of learning disability, and help challenge stereotypes.
We also help people with learning disabilities and autism gain a little more financial independence by sharing profits from sales of artwork. Selling their art is a huge source of pride for many of the artists and develops their sense of self-worth.
Many people with learning disabilities find it hard to get paid work and for some artists, selling their art might be the only time they earn money. The impact this has on their self-esteem is huge.