Project Art Works is an artist-led organisationthat collaborates with people who have complex needs and the people, systems and services that support them. The organisation works to enrich the quality of life of its participants through visual art.
The work of volunteers has made a huge contribution to Project Art Works and the work we do.
We believe the volunteering experience that we offer is unique and one which has the potential to transform the lives of both volunteers and our participants. Volunteering at Project Art Works can take different forms, including supporting within our collaborative Artist Studios, our physical and digital Archive, our Peer Support Network and at exhibitions and events.
We encourage volunteers to experience several different opportunities with us and view it as a ‘pathway’ through Project Art Works.
If you would like to find out more, please contact Sally by email at [email protected] or phone 01424 423 555.
Charlotte Hanlon has been volunteering with Project Art Works through a pathway of diverse opportunities, including; Installing our Coastal Currents exhibition in 2019, supporting Art Breaks and Tuesday Accelerate Studios and now joining our team of remote volunteers to support us with research.
We asked Charlotte what volunteering means to her:
Why were you interested in volunteering with Project Art Works?
‘I attended the EXPLORERS project seminar back in 2018 and was introduced Project Art Works, their ethos and to the work of Michelle Roberts – I’m a big fan. They are an organisation that I had admired for a while, especially the way they champion artistic autonomy and truly celebrate this.’
What does volunteering at Project Art Works mean to you?
‘Learning and unlearning, being part of a community, making new friends, being inspired and feeling extremely grateful to be able to support artists and families and gaining so much in return.’
What have you experienced since volunteering with Project Art Works?
‘The fun I have had! The talented artists in the Tuesday studio, eager Art Breaks families and the skilled and generous facilitators in-between, I’ve learnt so much about creative processes and had my eyes opened in so many different ways.’
What are you plans for the future?
‘I’m really pleased to be part of the team at Project Art Works and have been lucky enough to receive a grant from the Arts Council as part of their Emergency Arts Fund. This will enable me to volunteer for a further 20 days at both Project Artworks and @Rockets in Brighton when the studios reopen. I can’t wait.’