As an Arts Education Charity, we believe art can be a powerful force for community cohesion, social engagement, skills development and urban regeneration. The Art Academy is committed to a programme of outreach and community art activities, mainly focused on our local boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth.
The Articulate Programme
Our primary outreach programme Articulate seeks to provide people, who otherwise wouldn’t have access to it, with opportunities for creative self-expression. This gives them the chance to articulate themselves, to work towards a goal and enjoy their achievement. Through art workshops Articulate focuses on:
– helping vulnerable and ‘at risk’ young people through teaching art
– helping the young to develop their love and appreciation of art
– enabling creative self-expression in people of all ages with special educational needs or physical disabilities.
We are very happy to be working with Southwark Council to renovate the old Newington Library building on Walworth Road, near Elephant and Castle. The Council has offered us the huge building for two years, to run academy courses and manage a big new community activity space and exhibition gallery. We very much look forward to bringing life back to a big empty building and making it accessible once more to the local community. The Academy is looking forward to working with other charitable organisations to provide a great venue for local people to enjoy diverse activities, and we are also happy to be able to provide more Resident Artist studios in the space, following a series of high profile studio closures in the local area.