Current Projects

Art Shape works across Gloucestershire to increase access to creative experiences for those facing barriers to participation. Art Shape researches gaps in the provision of creative opportunities, and develops and runs projects that inspire, encourage and promote the creativity of artists and participants

2015 - 16

Going the Extra Mile

  • The Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project aims to engage with and support individuals in Gloucestershire who are currently dealing with circumstances that are potentially causing barriers to work and move these people closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment.
    This programme is a unique partnership of community based organisations, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council.
    The GEM Project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

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Art Bridge

  • Our innovative Art Bridge programme, funded by Arts Council England, consists of a supported, professional, high-level programme of artistic and professional training and mentoring, delivered over 2 calendar years for talented and emerging artists facing disabling barriers. The programme is in its second year and currently Art Shape are developing an online version of the course which will go live in November 2014.

    Of Course We Can

    • Our week-long courses run in partnership with 'Active Impact', a social enterprise based in Gloucestershire tasked by Gloucestershire County Council to provide opportunities for disabled and non-disabled young people to take part in a variety of activities together building confidence, skills and friendships.