Past Projects


Your Future

  • We are currently in Year three of a project designed to increase confidence and self-esteem of children, young people and adults who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse. Commissioned by Gloucestershire County Council, Art Shape manages the Gloucester-based provision. Access onto this programme is via referral by a lead professional, the sessions are run by trained artists who understand the issues surrounding domestic abuse.
Creative Volunteering

  • Generous funding from the Gloucestershire Community Foundation has enabled us to team up with Gloucestershire Dance as part of the wider Arts Inc. Project and deliver a programme that will extend our reach to both attract and support volunteers. We are particularly interested in communities that we have found harder to reach and we aim to improve their volunteering experiences.
Cultural Work Skills

  • This is Art Shapes exciting new project to train 15 Young people and assist them in gaining an accredited qualification in stewarding, event management and creative volunteering skills. Recruitment is taking place soon to start studies in February 2015 ready for a packed summer of exciting cultural events. Participants need to be 18- 25 and unemployed or employed for 16 hours or less.
Arts Inc. Academy

  • The Academy is designed to accommodate disabled and disadvantaged children and young people aged 8 – 18 years, enabling them to access an exciting and vibrant arts programme alongside their non-disabled peers. Participants are enjoying exploring dance, film, animation and visual arts with artists and dance practitioners experienced in facilitating inclusive art sessions.


Cultural Work Skills

  • This is Art Shapes exciting new project to train 15 Young people and assist them in gaining an accredited qualification in stewarding, event management and creative volunteering skills. Recruitment is taking place soon to start studies in February 2015 ready for a packed summer of exciting cultural events. Participants need to be 18- 25 and unemployed or employed for 16 hours or less.

    Arts Well

  • Leading Creativity in Social Care (OCN) - Art Shape received generous funding from The Summerfield Trust and The Barnwood Trust to continue our work with older people. The Arts Well project progressed Art Shape’s long standing aim of providing sustainable creative activity for older people. The Arts Well project offered carers, staff and volunteers from older people’s organisations training to lead creative projects and activities with their users and residents.

  • St. Nicholas Church Conservation and future use: Public consultation

  • The future use and conservation of St. Nicholas' is now open to public consultation. Please download, fill in and return the form and have your say.
  • All Square Arts

  • A non-profit online art gallery set up to generate revenue in support of Art Shape's charitable mission of delivering community arts activities for Gloucestershire while also promoting local and emerging artists.
  • Art Ovation

  • Artist Phil Rawlings was commissioned to create large illustrations which made interesting commentaries on the relationship of Art Shape to the lives of participants, supporters, staff and artists during the last decade from words contributed by the people who matter to the organisation.
  • Highly Visible

  • Art Shape were funded by Gloucester City Community Development Grants to develop an entry to the Gloucester Carnival this year

    A New Year A Clear Future - Transition Drama Project

  • Art Shape were able to provide a series of exciting opportunities after receiving funding from Gloucestershire’s County Council’s successful bid to the Innovations and Outcomes Fund of the National Transition Support Team.
  • Art-in-a-Box

  • This year Art-in-a-Box went from being a pilot project funded by Big Lottery Fund to becoming a self-sustaining Social Enterprise.
  • Carers 2 Enablers

  • A research project was funded by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) after Art Shape identified the need to train carers and keyworkers accompanying participants to Art Shape classes, or any other activity, to give them the skills and confidence to provide the right support to the students in their care that would enhance the learning experience and allow the participants to reach their full learning capabilities.
  • 2010

    Artful Workers

  • Art Shape were awarded over £8000 of European Social funds to develop a programme to support people currently not in full time work (over 16 hours) to pick up the skills and confidence that they needed to move forward. The programme concluded with an exhibition of their work in the Gloucestershire Resource Centre.
  • Artisans

  • Art Shape together with Adult Education have been proud to develop and deliver the innovative Artisans course, a creative 23 week course for those wanting to work individually or cooperatively in the creative business arena.
  • Proud to be different

  • This collaborative project between Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS) and Art Shape aimed to celebrate Gloucestershire’s diverse and often invisible heritage, and break down the barriers between GARAS clients and other Gloucestershire residents.
  • Inside Out

  • Working with Art Shape 'InsideOUT' is aiming to encourage underrepresented groups into the landscape and to explore health and social issues through creative workshops in a designated landscape area. The accessible area is at the Bracelands in the Wye Valley in Gloucestershire.

    This is us - Mobile phone artwork

  • Funding from the Children & Young People Action Group (CYPAG) enabled Art Shape to put on a series of arts projects over the half term week in February 2010.
  • 2009

    POPP art

  • The first phase of the POPP Art Project was very successful with 14 members of care staff achieving OCN level 1 in Creativity in Social Care - take a look at the film documenting the project.
  • My Gloucestershire - Past & Present

  • Art Shape celebrated and showcased older people’s art activities with an exhibition of their artwork at Gloucester Cathedral in August 2008. This was part of the Bishop of Gloucester's initiative and Art Shape worked in partnership with the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC) and Age Concern.
  • Painting by Numbers

  • The project, combining the creativity of 4 volunteers from Fair Shares, Victoria Centre and members of the local community, culminated in the production of 6 painted panels that have added brightness and light to the Victoria Centre building.
  • Shout Out Loud

  • The Shout Out Loud project has worked with five Adult opportunity centres across Gloucestershire with three drama practitioners. Each of the groups have followed a similar format and used drama to promote advocacy.
  • Walk This Way

  • The Walk this Way project offered a combination of digital photography, healthy walking activity and poetry to families “from the top of town” and “middle of hill” areas of Stroud It involved and importantly appealed to children of all ages. This meant that the whole family could be engaged in a summer holiday project.
  • A Celebration of Learning

  • This DVD celebrates the students on our classes and their wonderful work and achievements of the past year.
  • The Severn Project 2009

  • The project aim was to contribute to the wider Severn Project 'inspiring creativities in communities along the River Severn'. Art Shape used the poem "A Sleepwalk on the Severn" by Alice Oswald as inspiration.
  • 2008/2007

    New Horizons

  • The New Horizons programme was a two year creative programme for older people that took place in a variety of settings and included many varied creative activities for older people. The project was funded by The Big Lottery with help from the Summerfield Trust.
  • On The Next Level

  • On The Next Level was a regional touring development project, exhibition and commission programme. The exhibition has been hosted by our partner organisations throughout 2006-7 – Brewhouse Arts Centre in Somerset, Holton Lee in Dorset and Salisbury Galleries in Wiltshire.
  • Young Peoples 'Optionz' - Health Information

  • The Optionz community project in Gloucester and Art Shape worked as a partnership to produce these heath advice posters for HIP, the Gloucester Health Information Project.
  • 2006/5

    Creative Futures

  • Provided vocational training for social health care workers and concluded with an exhibition of their work
  • Kings Square Connectivity

  • Summer 2006 saw the launch and temporary installation of a series of Art works produced through the award of a Liveability Fund Grant. We worked with community groups from across the city to design and make pieces to brighten up King’s Square in Gloucester, based on the findings of consultation exercises and workshops that engaged the public in the project.
  • Make a Difference Day

  • In October Art Shape worked with the BBC Radio Gloucestershire CSV Action Desk to create bright painted panels to add to the artworks already in King’s Square in Gloucester. For the event participants were asked to give their time, and on this occasion over 900 members of the public spent 5 minutes each to produce a colourful square towards this community ’mural’.
  • Dance & Art Days

  • Working collaboratively with Gloucestershire Dance young people of all abilities are engaged in both dance and art activities giving them a sense of achievement and increased confidence. Every participant took part in a performance for parents and carers and also produced a piece of art to take away with them