Meet the Makers
Arthouse Unlimited - formerly known as Arthouse Meath - showcases the skills and talents of women and men with a variety of learning and physical difficulties and complex epilepsy. Around 70 artists work in the studio alongside supportive instructors who enable the individuals to create artwork that is then developed into designer products for sale. Each piece therefore encapsulates the unique work of the individual. Arthouse Unlimited aims to create a platform of positive change in attitudes towards people who are often marginalised, through such high quality artwork and creative products. All sales revenue goes towards sustaining and evolving the enterprise.
The pottery is a purpose-built, community-based employment and training project which supports up to 30 people with learning disabilities and autism every week, enabling them to develop their skills and experience.
Participants are involved at every stage of production, from the original design concepts, to cutting and shaping the clay, glazing and finishing. The finished products are truly a team effort, with the potters playing to their strengths and what they enjoy, whether that be drawing designs, the production process, or the fine detail of painting tiles and decorations.
More recently Banwell Pottery have been expanding their support and are now using screen printing to develop a new range of products using our colourful and unique designs on different materials, including cards and textiles.
CoolTan Arts is an award winning arts in mental health charity run by and for adults with experience of mental health conditions. They believe that mental wellbeing is enhanced by the power of creativity.
CoolTan Arts exists to inspire positive mental health and wellbeing through the arts for a diverse range of people experiencing mental health conditions, empowering individuals to aspire to achieving their full potential and to become part of the wider community. They aim to teach people sustainable ways of recovering and managing their mental health conditions, to get back on their feet and pursue further education, training or employment.
East London Textile Arts - UK
ELTA has been working with adults with learning disabilities for over four years, mostly at day centres in the local area. This is part of a larger and long-term arts project working with marginalised groups in East London. ELTA believes in the long-term development of creative abilities and tailors their work to all interests, abilities and cultures so that each individual can develop their unique talents.
Kisalli is a weaving and craft studio for adults with learning disabilities. Their focus is to collaborate with established artists through craft production and the arts. Each Kisalli craftsperson participates in the making of a range of craft products, depending on their particular interests, thus building on their knowledge and refining their skills. Kisalli takes and experiential approach to craftsmanship and facilitates new and evolving insights into making. Kisalli’s handcrafted products are carefully made from high quality natural materials, often combining a designer’s vision with the highly skilled Kisalli craftsmanship.
Livstycket’s aim is to give women who have migrated to Sweden the chance to learn the Swedish language and culture, while enhancing their self-esteem. Even if the activities are aimed at women, men are, of course, also welcome to participate. Their approach is functional pedagogy; artistic activities like sewing, embroidery and textile printing are combined with theoretical education in Swedish, social studies and IT. In this way, the words represent a function, a reality and a context. Livstycket affirm that the words "scissors, thread and thank you" are merely words until they acquire and represent a real meaning.
Workshop 305 is a Community Interest Company dedicated to the arts and crafts and to working with adults with learning or physical disabilities. Their aim is to focus on high quality workshops that provide both a rewarding and challenging environment for their participants, in order that they can explore a range of artistic practices and ideas. Such workshops include ceramics and mosaic, woodwork and textiles. Profits are used to support the work that they do both in the immediate and wider local community.