THE director of a visual arts organisation that works with people with complex needs, has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List.
Kate Adams, 52, co-founder of Hastings-based Project Art Works, has been made a MBE for services to the arts and disability.
She set up Project Art Works in 1997, and based in Hastings, the artist-led organisation aims to bridge the gap between art and social care through a programme of workshops and exhibitions.
Ms Adams, a visual artist, who has lived in Hastings most of her life, said: “I am surprised, delighted by and very appreciative of this honour.
“It is a great start to 2012 and a wonderful validation for the Project Art Works team and all our artists who are so central to the work we do.
“I was interested in helping people make work on their own terms. Our programme of work is innovative.
“It has been an absolutely wonderful journey, and I have not done it alone.
“We have an inspirational core team of really profoundly dedicated people.”
Ms Adams has a 28-year-old son Paul Colley, with severe intellectual disabilities and autism, and she says this means that she has a good knowledge of the social care sector.
“My son has been an inspiration and he has taught me a lot,” she added.
Project Art Works, based in Braybrooke Terrace, works all over the UK, but has presented two exhibitions of the work of seven participants on the pioneering mentoring studios programme in Hastings this year, entitled Heroes, Dreams, and Visions.
The current exhibition States and Spaces: A Survey by Project Art Works at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes until Sunday, (January 8), is a collection of work produced by Project Art Works and associated artists over the last 10 years.
Sally Abbott, regional director of Arts Council England, South East, which supports the organisation with more than £40,000 per year in funding, said: “Congratulations to Kate for this well-deserved recognition of her work.
“Under Kate Adams’ leadership, Project Art Works has become renowned in the field of ground-breaking visual art.”