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Press Release | 14.10.2020

We are grateful to Arts Council England, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and HM Treasury for awarding us funding of £137,420 as part of the Cultural Recovery Fund to enable us to maintain our national leadership role within art and disability and deliver programming with neurodivergent communities.

“Studio practice is the life blood of our organisation. This funding alongside support from Paul Hamlyn, Rayne and Esmee Fairbairn Foundations and Arts Council England will enable us to continue creative collaborations that benefit everyone; neurodivergent communities, families and carers, creative freelancers and audiences.”

Kate Adams, Artist Director & CEO, Project Art Works.

‘1385 arts organisations are benefitting from a share of £257 million as part of a vital financial boost from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.  

The allocation is the biggest tranche of funding distributed to date from the Culture Recovery Fund, bringing the total amount of grant funding awarded so far to more than £360 million.

The funding will help save 1,385 theatres, galleries, performance groups, arts organisations and cultural venues that are facing the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, ensuring they have a sustainable future. 

This funding will help allow performances to restart, venues to plan for reopening and to help protect jobs and create opportunities for freelancers.’ Arts Council.

Based in Hastings, Project Art Works is a collective of neurodiverse artists and makers.

“Our programmes evolve through creative practice and radiate out to awareness raising in the cultural and care sectors, promoting more diverse representation in programming and relevancy for audiences. We disseminate the work of neurodivergent artists and makers through a wide range of projects, exhibitions, co-commissions, films, publications and digital platforms.” Project Art Works

Project Art Works is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and delivers intensive  programming through Art. Freedom. Care. and works with arts organisations across the country through EXPLORERS.

Project Art Works and has over 20 years experience of initiating and delivering responsive, collaborative projects with artists, galleries, psychologists, neurodiverse children and adults and their families and carers. It was founded by visual artist Kate Adams, whose experience as the mother of a man with complex needs is central to the organisation’s responsive and informed approach. Adams’ approach to the navigation of social care and advocacy is that knowledge is power and informed diplomacy the most effective means of achieving quality of life for people with complex needs and their families. In 2012 she was awarded an MBE for services to art and disability.

Project Art Works, Arch 3, Braybrooke Terrace, Hastings, Sussex TN34 1TD.

For further information, interviews or images please contact Sara Dare, Communications Coordinator, on [email protected] or 01424 423555.

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision.

Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of several bodies administering the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund and unprecedented support package of £1.57 billion for the culture and heritage sector. Find out more at

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