About Us

It's all about Art Shape

Art Shape runs a countywide programme of arts courses and projects with a specific focus on disability issues and social inclusion. We target our activities at providing opportunities for adults and children facing disabling barriers, particularly learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health service users and survivors, victims of domestic abuse and older people. Established in 1993, we are a small band of dedicated workers, passionate about supporting and enabling people facing barriers to realise their creative and learning potential. We do this in many and various ways, working closely with communities and their leaders and responding to need.

We strive to aid community cohesion, bringing diverse groups together to work on projects and get involved in community events. Art Shape’s distinct skill in socially inclusive practice is developing tailor made provision to meet specific needs of individuals, communities and organisations and directly engaging people through the arts on their own terms.

  • Art Shape provides a countywide programme of inclusive arts courses and projects,
  • Art Shape offers training for professionals and non-professionals in inclusive arts facilitation
  • Art Shape is a founding member of Create Gloucestershire and works to inform policy and strategy both locally and nationally
  • Art Shape works with individuals, groups, communities, organisations and partners to promote everyone’s right to creative experience as well as identifying gaps in provision and designing programmes of work to bridge these gaps
  • Art Shape provides bespoke training courses and information, advice and progression guidance to aid personal and professional development in the arts
  • Cheltenham Connections Concerts - held quarterly in The Pillar Room, Cheltenham Town Hall during the day time when homes can arrange transport and audiences can be accompanied by Carers - all the acts encourage audience participation – accessible for all
  • Art-in-a-box - an arts activity posted to you 'in a box'

Art Shape's latest Annual Reports

  • Annual Report 2015
  • Annual Report 2013
  • Annual Report 2012
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