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Artventure Trust

People with learning difficulties come to Artventure Trust to express themselves through the visual arts.

They are a registered charity and operate from our Studio in the grounds of St. Peter’s School in Merrow, GU1 2TN. Staffed with professional artists and volunteers, we aim to provide a safe, sociable and relaxed environment to encourage enjoyment and build self-respect.

People don’t need to be ‘good’ at art to come to Artventure Trust. They welcome all comers. The participants get involved in activities such as painting, drawing, modelling and ceramics – any of the visual arts. They give a social experience where people with learning difficulties can be creative in their own way at their own pace, under the eye of experienced artists who help and nurture them. They are for people to express themselves through art in a relaxed atmosphere and without being judged. Each year Artventure Trust stages exhibitions where the work of their artists is displayed and a number of pieces are sold. Indeed, several of the participants are very talented and have won regional and national awards.

Lots of things are happening at Artventure Trust. Here are a few of them, recent and future.

Come and see some of their work at Surrey Artists’ Open Studios between 6th and 17th June in their studio at St. Peter’s School, or go and meet them there and see the work at our BBQ on the Sunday 12th June from 12 noon. You’ll be made most welcome.

Last year, the Mayor of Guildford unveiled the vibrant Artventure Trust mural painted by our participants outside the Electric Theatre (below). It illustrates community life in Guildford and the beautiful countryside of the Surrey Hills. Go and see it – you won’t be able to miss it! 32 metres long, it’s fun and colourful with lots of scenes to tell stories about.

A permanent piece of public art, it demonstrates the power of art to change lives – a creative community collaboration between Artventure Trust’s artists who have learning difficulties, children from four local special schools (Gosden House, Philip Southcote, Pond Meadow Academy Trust and St. Joseph’s Specialist School), local professional artists, and the staff and volunteers of Artventure Trust. The trust is most grateful to the Arts Council, Guildford Borough Council, and local businesses and individuals for making it happen.

There’s an eight minute video of the making of the mural on Youtube – search for Artventure Trust or see it on their website under Mural Project – www.art-venture.co.uk/mural_art.htm.

Recently, the Artventure Trust was awarded ‘The Mayor’s Award for Access 2015’ in a ceremony on 6th October organised by Guildford Access Group, which helps the Borough Council in its work to make the town accessible to disabled people.

All Artventure Trust’s participants take great pride in showing their work. Last month, in May, they exhibited work at the Lewis Elton Gallery at Surrey University as part of their Wellbeing and Disability Day. It was an opportunity for those participants to show their work to a wider public.

They are also taking part in this year’s Cow Parade. Their cow is kindly sponsored by Great Western Railway. At the moment it’s work-in-progress but the cow’s getting there (artistically) though it’s still very green – take a look on their Facebook page for more information.

Finally, they are looking for volunteers to work with the professional staff in their daily sessions and workshops. If you are interested, do please contact the manager and go in and see how they work.

You can email manager@art-venture.co.uk or phone 01483 304884 for further details. Visit www.art-venture.co.uk or find them on Facebook.

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