Art Bridge Emergents

April 2020 - March 2021


Despite the challenges of 2020, Art Shape are thrilled to bring you this diverse and glorious exhibition of painting, mixed media, drawing and installation created by artists on the Art Bridge Emergents programme, artist in residence Deb Hoy and commissioned artists.

Our partnership with Westonbirt Arboretum has proved a solace and inspiration for our artists who have presented different perspectives on the critical connection between humans and trees. The work demonstrates a deep engagement and connection with the Arboretum.

 Click here for the Virtual Exhibition

Click here for the Exhibition Digital Catalogue


About the programme

Art Shape were delighted to receive generous funding from Arts Council England to run Art Bridge Emergents: our fourth programme of creative development for artists who face disabling barriers and wish to develop or progress their artistic career.

This programme encourages independence, while supporting artists progress through a combination of mentoring, access to resources as well as a platform for positive peer support amongst all participants.

Over the past few months Art Shape have been working in partnership with Westonbirt Arboretum. Artists on our Emergents programme have been responding to critical connections between humans and trees.

Residency at Westonbirt 

Artist in Residence, Deb Hoy.  Debs has lead workshops with the artists both on location at the arboretum and at the Art Shape studio.

The artists used the arboretum as a source of inspiration for an art installation which will be exhibited at Westonbirt, alongside the artist’s individual creations. The concept of this piece will focus on ‘trees as the lungs of the earth.’

Residency workshops 

Woodwork workshop at Westonbirt Arboretum


 Ideas and skill sharing sessions


 Macramé workshop at Westonbirt Arboretum

Geodesic dome construction


 Cheltenham Paint Festival 

This year, Art Shape Emergents artists also participated in the internationally renowned Cheltenham Paint Festival, exploring the theme of the Critical Connection Between Humans and Trees. 



Past Projects:

To find out more about our previous Art Bridge programmes, follow the links below:

Art Bridge Evolve    2018-2019

Art Bridge II      2016-17

Art Bridge I    2012 - 2015


You can also head to the Art Shape shop to purchase a piece of artwork created by our Art Bridge students.

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Art Bridge Evolve is an Art Shape course supported by Arts Council England. 

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