The Community Art Project

The community art project (CAP) is an innovative and ground-breaking project that has been part of Darlington Borough Council's services for adults with learning disabilities since 2004. It evolved from an artist residency project that was initiated by Artists Agency (now Helix Arts) and the local NHS Trust.

The project provides an opportunity for adults with learning disabilities to try out various visual arts activities with support and encouragement from a professional artist.

The project is based around each individual's preferences, skills and needs. People are encouraged to make their own choices and decisions, to work at their own pace and to the best of their abilities, increasing their level of ambition as their confidence develops.

The resulting artwork is regularly exhibited at the Arts Centre and other venues in the region and beyond. Service users working with the CAP have had work exhibited in Glasgow, London, Newcastle, Stockton, Bishop Auckland, Newton Aycliffe and Billingham.

Over twenty service users have had work selected in the past two Dover Biennial exhibitions and five artists formed part of the Earth Vision project that toured exhibition venues in Germany, Austria and Italy. The CAP also has artwork permanently on display in Pizza Express restaurant in Darlington.

Presented in a professional manner and in the context of a mixed contemporary programme of exhibitions, the artwork regularly attracts favourable reviews and positive feedback and is frequently sold to private buyers.

If you would like more information about the CAP including enquiries about viewing or purchasing artwork, please contact or telephone 01325 244174

Forthcoming and current exhibitions

The Community Art Project recently organised day trips for service users to visit the exhibitions at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.

Community Art Project trip to the Baltic Thursday Group
Community Art Project trip to the Baltic Wednesday Group
Community Art Project trip to the Baltic Friday Group

The latest exhibition of art work from the Community Art Project can now be seen at The Bridge on Yarm Road in Darlington. The current exhibition continues until September 28th and after this a new selection of work from the Community Art Project will be displayed.

The Community Art Project exhibition was on display in the Gallery at Crown Street Library in Darlington. The exhibition ended on February 25th 2016.

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Stephen Muszynski's painting 'Self portrait as an Artist' has been selected for exhibition as part of the 'My Life' Shape Open 2016 in London. This year, the ground-breaking exhibition will be at Guest Projects Space, hosted by Shape Open Patron Yinka Shonibare MBE.


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If you cannot see the above slideshow please follow this link [external link] to see the Community Art Project Submissions