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Project information

Artists for Wakefield

Artists can bring a massive change about in a commuity, stimulating peopleto reflect on current lives and aspire and create something different. The Art House has over 50 member artists in Wakefield, all of them with different skills and talents. The Art House will support them to have an impact.

March 2011 - March 2012

Charity information: The Art House

The Art House
  • Need


    Artists in Wakefield tell us they want to have an impact on communities but don't know where to start! In addition we work with disabled and non-disabled artists alongside each other. Disabled artists can find it hard to gain opportunities for development. Communities often don't have the knowledge of where to find, recruit and manage artists but do tend to understand the benefit the right artist can bring.


    Artists will be trained and do placements in communities. We will also build relationships with communities and act as a matching and support service. We will also provide project specific advice act as a project evaluator. We will also provide creative workshops in our community studio in a uniquely accessible environment for those that would prefer to come to us.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Artists for Wakefield: Supporting the artists of Wakefield to have an impact on their communities


    » Open Wednesdays: A social hub for creativity where everyone, disabled and non disabled people; professional and community artitsts can work together.
    » Specific sessions for local community groups e.g. Wakefield visually impaired group, young carers groups can work with artists on a weekly basis
    » Training and development for artists in working in communities, including placements where they work directly with communities on a specific project.
    » Building relationships with communities and supporting them to work with an artist on a specific project.

    What success will look like

    Artists will undertake a public benefit questionnaire. All projects will be evaluated.

  • Impact


    Art enables people to have fun and improve their health and well-being through social, informal activity and through working on specific projects they experience themselves as people who can make a difference to their communities. The Art House is uniquely accessible and has considerable experience of working with disabled and non-disabled artists on an equal basis. This means our work with communities can be uniquely inclusive and bring greater equality to commuities.


    Artists will be CRB Checked and trained in advance to undertake projects with communities.


    Updates on our website and invites/reports on our activity. We would also welcome them at our bi-monthly open studios where they can witness their impact for themselves. At this event we also include community based exhibitions.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £24,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £24,000 Community Studio Art Workshops 48 weeks a year, 5 days a week

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Wakefield Council £1,000 Conditional
  • Background


    The Art House is a purpose built, uniquely accessible building with blue badge parking in Wakefield city centre. Our building was opened in 2008 with artist designed features to make accessible but beautiful and welcoming. We are next to Wakefield Westgate Station. We are 20mins from both Leeds and Sheffield by train and Wakefield is close to a number of motorways including the M1.


    Community Groups and individuals. We imagine most of our audience will come from across WMDC but we are also aware that our unique accessibility will attract people from further afield. Wakefield's artists will also benefit from training and support to build relationships with communities. The Art House includes a flat which allows us to attract national and international artists.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Art House has from 1994 worked to include artists, both disabled and non-disabled in the visual arts and crafts. Our community studio is an excellent facility that is really valued for feeling safe and welcoming. Our entire ethos is based on including people. Our building opened in 2008 and we have built strong community relationships with over 300 people attending our bi-monthly open studio event.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    Chief Executive: Anne will oversee the project and ensure communities and artists build strong, effective relationships


    Heather works with artists ensuring they have the skills and support needed to work directly with communities and they are placed with the right group