Empowering Artists . Breaking Barriers
Art Bridge is Art Shape's innovative creative project. It consists of a program of creative development for artists who face disabling barriers and wish to develop or progress their artistic career.
With generous funding from Arts Council England, Art Bridge has so far ran twice. Art Bridge I ran from 2014 - 2015, followed by Art Bridge II in 2016 - 2017.
Art Shape has received wonderful feedback from the Art Bridge projects, from participants, associated artists and visitors to our exhibitions, but we are always striving to improve our provision. Art Shape therefore are currently applying for funding to run Art Bridge: Evolve.
To find out more about the Art Bridge initiative please call the Art Shape project team on 01452 863855.
Art Bridge II
"This course has supported me to talk about my work and has validated my existence as an artist. I thought it would be great to be part of a couple of exhibitions and I have found myself entering into huge amounts of research for bigger projects and forming new partnerships."
Art Bridge II: a creative programme for promising artists who face or have faced disabling barriers and want to develop their artistic career . The project participants received a course of professional development devised by Art Shape, and led by established disabled artist Zoe Partington and included a series of talks and workshops by artists such as Tony Heaton, PJ Crook, Rachael Gadsden, Aiden Moseby, Noemie Lakmaier, Poesy Liang and Pam Newell.
Participants were immersed in a supportive studio environment where their creativity and professional practice flourished alongside peers and artist in residence Dr Jim Brook.
Participants comments about the course.....
"Being on the course has been an Odyssey in itself. Being part of it has stimulated me to really look and what I am doing with my work and why....at my own journey"
The programme contained many elements:
- Provided support to develop creative practice through access to a mentor
- Provided artists with online resources and discussion groups
- Provided artists with Webinars and filmed artist talks from the studio sessions
- Supported artists to build your online presence
- Provided artists the opportunity to produce work for a themed touring exhibition
- Supported artists to access to other online courses for professional development
- Support to extend professional networks
Odyssey Exhibition Tour
Participants created work in response to the theme of 'Odyssey'. New work responding to this theme was commissioned from Jon Adams, Rachel Gadsden and Pam Newell.
"Superb, thought provoking work. Very glad to have seen it and had a chance to talk to the artists."
The work created was exhibited throughout the county appearing in St Nicholas’ Church Gloucester, The Roses Theatre Tewkesbury, Hardwick Gallery Cheltenham and finally The Wilson in Cheltenham. Originally envisaged as a touring exhibition , each site contained new work as the participant’s work developed and flourished.
To celebrate the end of Art Bridge II, Art Shape hosted a Symposium at the Wilson.
The day featured a themed workshop with Artist in Residence Jim Brook, inspirational talks from artists Zoe Partington, Jon Adams, Mahlia Amatina and Michelle Anderson, facilitated group discussions to move us towards building a more inclusive and representative cultural landscape and more.To watch Jon Adams talk and to find out more about the day follow this link
Art Bridge I
To read more about the first Art Bridge course, Follow this link
You can also head to the Art Shape shop to purchase a piece of artwork created by our Art Bridge students.