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Project Art Works are delighted to announce that we have been awarded three-year funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s, More and Better programme.

At a time when social care services and funding are subject to substantial cuts across the UK, support of this nature provides positive affirmation of a commitment to vulnerable people. It also validates the programmes being delivered by Project Art Works and our partners that provide purposeful and creative environments for people who have complex support needs.

The funding supports two major projects.

  • In 2019 the EXPLORERS project culminates in a 12 month programme of exhibitions with partners from across the UK and Sydney, Australia. Project Art Works is working in partnership with leading cultural organisations through art and conversation including awareness raising and encounter workshops, productions, commissions, exhibitions and seminars in collaboration with people who have complex needs and those who support them. Explorers-Illuminating the Wilderness 2017-20 (funded by the Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme):
  • From 2020 The Paul Hamlyn Foundation funding will ensure the legacy of Explorers is developed to extend our work through our proposed new, public facing gallery in Hastings town centre. This will be an innovative showcase of work by neurodiverse artist and makers and realised in partnership with Heart of Hastings/Community Land Trust.

For further information, interviews or images please contact Jessica Courtney Bennett, Communications Coordinator, on [email protected]or 01424 423555.

Notes To Editors

Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987. Upon his death in 2001, he left most of his estate to the Foundation, creating one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK.

Our mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives.

We have a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts.

Based in Hastings, Project Art Works is the UK’s leading artist led organisation working with people who have complex needs.

Project Art Works is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and delivers intensive  programmes in house through PROPEL and works with arts organisations across the country through EXPLORERS.

Started in 1997, Project Art Works has collaborated with thousands of people who have complex needs and continues to offer support and friendship to them and their families.

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. Telephone 01424 423555


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