Project information

Opportunities for Disadvantaged Community Artists.

To support the transition of emerging, community artists who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) or who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LLDD) to engage in the arts scene through motivational workshops and curation / exhibition through multi-city pop up gallery events

This will be an ongoing project we would like to continue and develop each year.

Charity information: New Visuality

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  • Need


    There are many gifted and talented artists who have not succeeded in statutory education. They are from disadvantaged backgrounds, often with learning difficulties and / or disabilities (LLDD) and are now not in education, employment or training (NEET). This has manifested in a need to regain self belief and reintegrate into education, society and develop employability skills.


    Great art often comes from the fringes of society and this project will provide practical steps for such emerging artists to develop the necessary soft and employability skills through workshops as a prequel to curating and exhibiting their artwork through pop up gallery events that will take place across at least four cities in the North England. Such training and experiential learning will encourage engagement and entrepreneurship and greater community cohesion.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support young people from NEET and LLDD backgrounds in improving soft and employability skills.


    » A series of art workshops led by qualified facilitators will develop confidence, self-belief and provide training in how to curate and exhibit.
    » Work experience will be provided through enabling young people to curate and run pop up gallery exhibitions across at least four cities in N England.

    What success will look like

    Art work output from young people; sketchbooks and canvases. Bronze Art Awards will be achieved. Positive results from evaluations including video diary feedback across the project

    Aim 2

    To re-engage young people from NEET and LLDD backgrounds back into society and employability.


    » By offering work experience in a real world art gallery environment, through online exhibition and earning fees from selling their own art works.

    What success will look like

    Attendance at launch events, sales from art works and fees benefactored to young people. Positive results from evaluations including video diary feedback across the project

    Aim 3

    To help reinvigorate city centre locations that have lost vibrancy through shop closures.


    » The pop up gallery events will be hosted in temporary venues in collaboration with local authorities. New communities of people will be attracted.

    What success will look like

    Foot flow through pop up gallery events. Local authority involvement. Positive results from feedback by the general public. Diary entries from the young people on work experience.

  • Impact


    We envisage that the beneficiaries will re-engage with education, employment or further training as a destination from the project. We will track destinations and report on this. Beneficiaries will be invited to contribute to workshops in future years thus providing sustainability and legacy. As the project develops we will aim to grow it in volume and geography; it is a unique approach that will help solve an immediate and ongoing need and demand in a climate of reduced arts funding.


    Risk: promotion of project to young people
    - collaborative links established with York's Blueberry Academy and York's Inclusive Arts Officer
    Risk: lack of venue / facilitators for workshops
    - links with According to McGee and York College
    Risk: lack of exhibition space
    - discussions held with Starbucks, Local Authority City Centre Managers, Accordingto McGee white cube gallery
    Risks: sustainability
    - links with York College and City of York's Education Advisor


    Ongoing results from the project will be included on the New Visuality website and social media feeds. Evaluative evidence and impact will be written up and included as a specific section in the Trustees Annual Report available as a public document on the Charity Commission website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £71,040

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,360 Sessional Fees 4 Qualified Arts Award Teacher -- planning, delivery, certification
      £11,200 Resources Materials: Sketchbooks, A1 paper,acrylic paint,pastels,ink,charcoal, 3D printer hire
      £7,480 Management, Admin & Expenses Sessional fees for management, admin, travel, sustenance, office costs
      £24,000 Pop Up Events Discounted Gallery Hire
      £8,000 Promotion Branding, Online and Traditional Marketing incl Updates

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Pop Up Events Support Limited £17,760 Conditional
  • Background


    Inner cities in the North of England.


    Disadvantaged young people (NEET / LLDD).

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    New Visuality was established by people previously involved in ArtLine and connected to According to McGee, the premier white cube gallery in York. The people involved are passionate about supporting young emerging artists from disadvantaged backgrounds and benefiting deprived local communities. The trustees and volunteers have the experience, qualifications, contacts and know-how to make this project successful and sustainable.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ails McGee

    Ails has been supporting and managing arts projects for many years in partnership with Greg McGee who owns the According to McGee white cube gallery

    Gemma Lawley

    Gemma is a trustee for New Visuality with many years experience as an artist, curator and project manager.

New Visuality has helped platform my work. I am now living my dream of selling art works I have produced.

Young Artist