Project information

UK Disability Art Centre - Wolverhampton

Purchase, equip and make accessible, a small UK disability arts centre based in Wolverhampton that hosts Outside Centre, events and digital content accessible around the world. It will be a state-of-the-art centre of Disability Arts in the City, the Region and the UK (and potentially, the globe).

2 Years

Charity information: Outside Centre

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  • Need


    The inability of disabled people - artists, community groups and individuals - to have easy (free or cheap) access to quality space that is fully equipped to get their work, art, message and values across to a wider section of society. Also, it would provide a space for Outside Centre from which we can build a future that is sustainable, self-sustaining and independent in Wolverhampton and the wider local, regional and national sphere. Linking internationally for partnerships and exchanges.


    The capital, funding, secured will be used - hopefully in partnership with other funding opportunities to increase its value - to purchase and equip and new Space for Outside Centre to develop so that we actually have a 'Centre'. It will be fully equipped to allow disabled people full access to a range of equipment and space to enhance their life skills and fulfill their potential either through training and/or self actualisation supported by Outside Centre mentors in Wolverhampton.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To secure the financial support to open the 1st UK Disability Arts Centre based in Wolverhampton.


    » Purchase and develop an un-used (even derelict) building in Wolverhampton for conversion to a Disability Art Centre in Wolverhampton.

    What success will look like

    Success will be securing significant funding in order to purchase building on own right or use to leverage other funding streams to fulfill the projects aims: a new 'Space'.

  • Impact


    The stability and security of Outside Centre through providing an opportunity to have our own 'Space' for hire, use and the project work that we do in the arts, health and well-being and preparing disabled people for greater social inclusion (work, creativity and expression). The success of this project would radically change the nature of our work and the success we have; making a massive impact on disabled peoples lives across the City and the region (and beyond).


    The primary risk is the failure to obtain the finance to acquire the Space which would put back the objective of the quality promotion of disabled people as equal, creative and articulate as human beings. Issues such as insurance and liability will be met by Outside Centre to ensure that the Space is a freely available to disabled individuals in order to fulfill our vision as organisations.


    Donors would be kept informed by regular up-dates via email and the organisational website plus the potential to be involved - directly or indirectly - with the projects of those who use the Space (individuals and organisations) near them in their region and or nationally and internationally.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £250,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £200,000 Building Building Purchase (inclusive)
      £25,000 Development Equip and Make Accessible the Building
      £25,000 Other Costs All other costs for five years

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Private Donor £25,000 Conditional
  • Background


    We are based in Wolverhampton, in the West Midlands of England, one of the most deprived areas of poverty and, in particular, youth and disabled people's unemployment. The region of the West Midlands is equally suffering deprivation in relation to disabled people, young people and people from Ethnic Minorities. Equally, it has a bad reputation publicly in the rest of the country due to its deprivation, post-industrial landscape and trivial issues such as accent.


    Disabled people from across the UK but primarily those, initially, in Wolverhampton and regionally. But we will not limit the use of the Space to only disabled people but also young unemployed people in the City of Wolverhampton and across the region. It is important that Outside Centre make the best use of the Space in order to ensure that we can develop skills, self-esteem and a pride in the places people live, the communities they inhabit and get that message across all communities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Outside Centre are a small disability run and controlled organisation with a desire to be as creative as they are in the delivery of the work that is needed to change the value and self esteem of disabled people in the City of Wolverhampton and the region of the West Midlands whilst also being flexible and seeing that the project can be as helpful to other groups (such as young unemployed people) in the area (subject and location) in a way that is multifaceted and built upon many partnerships.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Paul A. Darke

    CEO of Outside Centre, Dr Paul A. Darke, has a PhD in disability and film and is its creative force in project development, delivery and evaluation.