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 Glasgow, London, Newcastle, 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.

Over twenty service users had work selected in the previous Dover Biennial exhibitions and five artists formed part of the Earth Vision project that toured exhibition venues in Germany, Austria and Italy. The CAP has work on display at the Town Hall and the Head Offices of Darlington Building Society and it has also had artwork on show in Pizza Express restaurant in Darlington and Daisies Cafe. In 2016 Stephen Muszynski's painting 'Self portrait as an Artist' was selected as part of the 'My Life' Shape Open Exhibition at Guest Projects Space in London, hosted by Shape Open Patron Yinka Shonibare MBE. Stephen Muszynski was also ‘Artist of the Month’ on the Outside In website in December 2016.

If you would like more information about the CAP including enquiries about viewing or purchasing artwork, please contact [email protected] or telephone 01325 243864.

Current and forthcoming exhibitions

Community Art Project

The latest exhibition from the Community Art Project takes place at Darlington's Crown Street Library Gallery from October 18th - December 6th 2018. It features a selection of work in various media.

Manchester Art Fair

Two artists from the Community Art Project had their work displayed at Manchester Art Fair from 12th - 14th October. Matthew Beadon and Brian Jobling were selected by the
Outside In Gallery, one of over 120 galleries taking part in the most prestigious art fair in the North.

Matthew Beadon art

Andrew Muire art
Paul Cree art

Brian Jobling art