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PROPEL, is a three-year programme of specialist studio provision in Hastings and Peer Support for new and existing participants with complex needs and their families. There are five different workshops within the in-house programme, tailored to the needs of the people we work with. All our work is characterised by a personalised approach that facilitates choice and expansive creative practice.

Tuesday

The Tuesday Accelerate Studios is a creative studio programme for adults with complex needs, including those with profound and multiple needs. An experienced artist team support the workshops to facilitate choice and exploration through art.

Within the studio, the artist team create changing installations and sensory environments to engage participants in collaborative and individual creative journeys.

A wide range of professional media and creative processes is available including: painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, sculpture, animation and photography. Participants also have regular opportunities to visit exhibitions and events at galleries, parks and nature reserves within the area.

Wednesday

Project Art Works’ Supported Studios enable adults with complex needs to develop their creative practice alongside an Artist Mentor and explore their potential as artists.

We have created a studio setting where a diverse cohort of individuals, with the support of their family and key people in their lives, can further their learning and take more control over their own trajectory as artists. The studio promotes a group ethos, with participants’ developing their personal practice and adaptive skills whilst supporting and encouraging their peers.

Thursday Activate

Activate is a project for people in need of positive and creative solutions to particular periods of transition in their lives. The project offers a wide range of high-quality materials and equipment, which the participants are encouraged to use in exciting and expansive ways. Set in the Project Art Works studio, the project is facilitated by an experienced artist team who have training in techniques such as Positive Behaviour Support, Person-Centred Active Support and Total Communication.

Thursday and Friday 

The Parachute Club provides positive and creative solutions to behaviour support, offering the chance to explore a wide range of high-quality materials and equipment with the support of an experienced artist team. Participants can refine and define their identities through art, and benefit from the valorising impact of creative endeavour.

By creating small peer working groups, the Parachute Club aims to reduce the social isolation experienced by its target group as well as highlight the positive impact that creative distraction can have in reducing challenging behaviour.

Spaces are available across our programme. Please contact Katie Taylor to discuss a visit to the studio in Hastings and costings.

[email protected] / 01424 423555

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