Set up in 2011, Artbox London aims to improve the wellbeing and inclusion of people with learning disabilities and autism by engaging them in art.
We work to improve their confidence and self-esteem, develop their creative and life skills, provide opportunities to make and meet friends and reduce isolation and loneliness, and give them the chance to earn some money from their skills and creativity.
We also aim to raise the visibility of people with learning disabilities and autism in the community, and to raise the profile of their artwork in the wider art world.
We do this through:
art workshops from our studio in Islington
trips to museums and galleries in Central London
Sales opportunities through exhibitions, our online shop, distributors and licensing artwork.
Exhibitions held both at our centre in Islington and at galleries and venues across London
We're a registered charity and social enterprise. Artbox uses its share of profits from art sales to run more workshops and opportunities for our groups.
Find out more about the main areas of our work:
The workshops are fun and sociable. All the artists follow their own inspiration and develop their own ideas - for people who might have limited choice in other areas of their lives, the workshops are a valuable chance to explore their own identity and become more independent.
We organise trips to art galleries and libraries in central London. This is a fantastic way for the artists to learn about art, get new ideas and take part in the cultural life of the amazing city they live in.
We always take public transport during our trips, which helps the artists feel more confident getting around in London. Some artists now visit these places outside of Artbox, which is a great 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.
Artists have the chance to sell their work through Artbox’s exhibitions, our online shop and through distributers and those wishing to license artwork.
Profits are split with the artists, giving them an independently-earned income, while helping fund our workshops, exhibitions and trips.
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.