For much of 2020, our inclusive art studio in Islington was closed. We offered services to our beneficiaries in a remote way either by phone or online. One of Artbox London's primary goals is to reduce isolation and loneliness amongst our beneficiaries, and we continue to be proactive in combatting the adverse effect that social isolation measures have had on mental health. Throughout 2020 and the beginning of 2021, we matched volunteers with artists for regular phone and/or video call catch ups, provided blogs and activity ideas via our website, and developed a virtual studio Artbox at Home
In April 2021, after the 3rd lockdown, our studio reopened. Most of our beneficiaries will tell you that receiving our services remotely is not the same as being in the studio.
'It was good (online artbox) but not the same as being in the studio - we can’t sell art from home!'
Our income has been disrupted through closure, we have also not been able to visit galleries, host studio exhibitions and sales of artwork have been down, affecting the income of our artists. Selling artwork at exhibitions enables our beneficiaries to earn a small income to supplement their benefits as employment is not accessible for them.
Back in the studio we still maintain social distancing but are focused on our new normal welcoming back both old and new beneficiaries. Meet our artists and see their work.
Some of our most vulnerable beneficiaries have not been able to return to the studio. Those beneficiaries remain isolated and anxious away from their friends. We know that attending workshops at the studio improves the mental health of our beneficiaries,. For this reason we wish to restore social contact by delivering an at home, outreach service.