The Community Art Project
The Community Art Project 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. It is now based at The Bridge, Visual Arts Centre on Hundens Lane.
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 work 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 various venues in the region and beyond. Service users have had work exhibited in New York, Glasgow, London, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Bishop Auckland, Newton Aycliffe and Billingham as well as numerous exhibitions 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.