Art4Space was formed by a group of three artists and teachers, 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 when the three partners brought their skills and knowledge together to work with a school in Kingston on a collaborative art project. They ran participatory workshops for the pupils creating mosaics and painted murals for their playground. 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 Studios, growing opportunities to work within a wider artist collective and the Stockwell community at large. Between then and 2009, we worked on a large number of both 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 marked its ten year anniversary as we moved into a larger studio and set up a Community Arts Centre; transforming the business and enabling us to run an in-house programme of workshops alongside continuing our outreach work. Since then we have hosted almost 300 bespoke classes, parties and events both in our studios and at outside events/festivals.
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.