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.
had several disabled artists from across the UK come to the studio and work alongside us.