Art4Space was formed by Julie Norburn, Elinor Seath and Danielle Lees-Smith, the group identified the need to extend the use of community arts to address social, educational and health issues. Art4Space began in 1999 with participatory mosaic workshops at a school in Kingston. The success of this project achieved a grant from the Prince’s Trust to help with business start-up costs.
In 2001 Art4Space began operating from Stockwell Studio. Between then and 2009, we worked on many public and private commissions; this included developing a strong 10 year working relationship with the Canalside Housing Partnership in Hackney, running community art projects for their residents whilst a major regeneration of the estates was taking place. In 2009 Art4Space moved into a larger studio and set up our Creative Learning Hub, transforming the business and enabling us to run an in-house programme of workshops alongside continuing our outreach work.
In 2011 Art4Space set up as a NOCN (National Open College Network) Centre and developed a course funded by The Walcot Foundation in ‘Employability and Community Art’, a free course for unemployed, low income, Lambeth residents. This was the largest grant received by Art4Space and marked a move for the business into more sustainable funding.
More recently, Art4Space marked its twenty-year anniversary in 2019 and gained a contract to deliver therapeutic creative sessions for Westminster adult social care. In 2021 we received funding from Reaching Communities England for a five-year programme of courses and developed a partnership with Lambeth SEND to deliver training courses to support SEND young people into work in 2022.