A new, three month pop-up art studio for adults with learning disabilities in Rochester High Street funded by the Arts Council, is about to open.

Art About is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company and is run by the lead artists Helen Morley and Wendy Daws. The purpose of this project is to provide excellent contemporary Fine Art opportunities to adults who are excluded from mainstream higher education, for reasons of disability or disadvantage. The focus is on developing the artist, their art and their abilities, rather than disability.

The studio is based at Boundary Wharf (behind Café Moroc) and is at the heart of a growing, grass roots arts scene in the area. The workshops will be bringing high quality skills in subjects such as painting, casting, sculpture, drawing and varied conceptual practice, supporting the individual to find their own expressive creative voice.

The studio aims to be an experimental laboratory where anything is possible, and a safe place for people to explore their ideas whether they are beginner or experienced artists. Helen and Wendy are skilled mentors with their own diverse art practices with a collaborative and responsive approach.

The studio is open every Monday and Tuesday from the 4th of February 2013 from 9.30am to 4pm. At the end of the project there will be a week long exhibition of work available to the public. The fee is £5 for the day, including all materials, tea and coffee.

Prospective participants, support workers and families are invited to make an
appointment to visit and discuss their ideas. The pop-up studio is the second phase of the project, following on from five months of working in partnership with Social Services, Spadework and Kent Association for the Blind, and a successful public exhibition in Leeds Castle in November, showcasing the work of 17 artists.

Art About Studio, Unit 3 Boundary Wharf, High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1DA
(located behind Café Moroc) For more information, please email Helen at hcmorley@yahoo.co.uk or call 07849926239 or visit http://www.art-about.co.uk This project has been funded by the Arts Council.

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