Arts group marks 15 years of success

Albert Geere, mentored by professional artists as part of Project Art Works
Albert Geere, mentored by professional artists as part of Project Art Works

A VISUAL arts organisation which works with people with severe intellectual impairments is celebrating 15 years of success with the launch of an Anthology book.

Project Art Works is set to launch the book at Tate Britain on Wednesday (October 31) with a film screening an celebration,

The anthology showcases 15 years of Project Art Works’ actions and achievements with contributions from writers, academics and critics covering a wide spectrum of ideas that embrace art, social care, video art and the experience of living with neurological impairment.

Project Art Works, based in Braybrooke Terrace, was co-founded by Hastings artist Kate Adams, who was this year awarded an MBE for services to art and disability,

She said: “Launching our Anthology at Tate Britain is a really exciting moment for the organisation and the people we work with.

“After 15 years of collaborating with people with severe intellectual impairments, their families and those that support them we have seen real progress.

“There is much more work to do and challenges ahead but we are starting to bring these unique individuals and their abilities and potential into mainstream culture and helping them to have more of a say in how they live their lives.”

Over the last 15 years Project Art Works has worked with social care agencies and people with severe intellectual impairments and their families, carers and schools.

Chairman of the South East Regional Arts Council and director, Tate National, Caroline Collier said: “The visual arts sector can and does learn a huge amount from the work carried out by Kate and her team, and the Anthology publication will prove an invaluable resource for everyone with an interest in driving forward excellence and inclusiveness in the visual arts.”

The Anthology is dedicated to co-founder Jonathan Cole, who died in 2007.

Email info@projectartworks.org or call 01424 423 555 to buy a copy.