About Us

ArtStudio01 is an inclusive artist collective. We are a diverse collective of 10 individual artists sharing a collective goal. That is to make our own work, on our own terms, to support each other, to pursue our artistic ambitions and contribute to the contemporary visual arts sector without compromise.
We work in partnership with DASH to develop and deliver specialists supportive mentoring for learning disabled artists professional arts practice. We host artist self funded artist residences. We are also working in partnership with Figment Arts and Figment Arts Studio in Brighton developing our first innovative ArtStudio02, a virtual artists universe. A shared place to critique our cultural and creative exchange. Tanya Raabe-Webber our Director is an Associate Artist of Project Ability building on our creative and cultural exchanges, building a foundation for our future.
We are self funded and project fundraise for specific individuals artists practice development.

History of ArtStudio01 2014 – 2019

In 2014 acclaimed disabled artist Tanya Raabe-Webber and learning-disabled artist Alison Picknell set up a transient studio that travelled around church halls, community halls and home studios in Telford and Shropshire. Our aim was to provide a safe, creative and inclusive space where disabled, learning-disabled and non-disabled
artists could develop their artwork. We wanted to find opportunities to expand our creativity, to pursue our artistic ambitions and to contribute to the contemporary visual arts sector.

In 2016 we moved into Participate Contemporary Space CIC (Community Interest Company) in Shrewsbury, where we continued to develop our work. We were joined by artist Mark Lloyd, whom Tanya supported to get Arts Council England funding for
research and development. This vital funding meant that Mark could not only expand his arts practice but also explore a wider creative cultural view through visits to galleries and museums, build on his skills set and discover new ways to showcase his 30 year archive of drawings.

Over time more artists have joined and in February 2017 we had our first group show at Project Ability in Glasgow, co-curated by Tanya . We also had a two-day residency in their studios funded by Arts Council England and the Big Lottery. This exhibition proved to be a great success, both in terms of raising the artists confidence and in selling their work.

Four of our artists have also taken part in the DASH Cultivate mentoring programme, pioneering the way forward for learning disabled artists to develop their professional arts practice. This has lead to the artists gaining new skills, which in turn has helped with establishing ourselves as an inclusive visual artists collective. We have also exhibited our work at Flaxmill Heritage Centre alongside Participate CIC, and have
had several disabled artists from across the UK come to the studio and work alongside us.
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