Help Garage Art Group to move to new studios!

by Garage Art Group in Evesham, Worcestershire, United Kingdom

Total raised £460

 
Gift Aid
+ est. £2.50
£6,750 target 3 days left
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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 29th July 2024 at 9:00am

Garage Art Group is moving to bright and spacious new studios at the Wallace House Community Centre in August - please help us get there!

by Garage Art Group in Evesham, Worcestershire, United Kingdom

Who are we?

We are Garage Art Group, a small charity based in Evesham. We provide therapeutic art sessions in Evesham for people from across Worcestershire who have physical disabilities, learning disabilities and mental health issues. Many of our members are at risk of social isolation, and coming to the sessions is a great way to get involved and make new friends, with all the advantages to health and happiness that that brings.

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From our humble beginnings as a single weekly session run from a private garage by founders Brenda Staines and Jan Evans in 1991, we have grown in the years since to attract over eighty people per year, taking referrals from a range of community partners to ensure that those who need it most get to participate. We offer:

  • Art sessions five days per week, and a more laid-back session every other Saturday
  • Four art sessions for people with mental health issues
  • A crafts group that meets weekly
  • A variety of social events that our members can come along to

By providing an inclusive and non-judgmental community where people can come to paint and draw, we provide a place where people can re-connect with others without fear of rejection for who they are, and regardless of the problems that they may be facing in their daily lives. Garage Art Group gives them the opportunity to begin to rebuild their self-esteem, confidence and social support network. Surrounded by like-minded people and engaging in creative and empowering activities, our members begin to see life in a more positive light. For many of our members, our art sessions are a crucial element of stability in their lives, and a place that they can rely on to remain connected with others.

We believe that everyone, regardless of means, should be able to access the benefits of art therapy and to live a more rewarding, independent and fulfilling life without fear of isolation and marginalisation.

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Why are we crowdfunding?

Garage Art Group have been meeting at Crown Court Yard for many years, but it is time for a change. The current studios are too small for our growing membership, lack natural light, can be very cold in the winter months and do not have adequate disabled access. On top of this, there are plans for Crown Court Yard to be redeveloped, so we are seizing the moment and making change happen! We are very excited to be moving to our new studio in August at the Wallace House Community Centre on Oat Street, also in Evesham. 

These studios are much larger, meaning that we can welcome even more people to our sessions, and is much more visible in the community. This means that our artists will get to have their work seen and appreciated more often, and by more people. It is also very accessible to those with physical disabilities. This is vital, since many of our members have physical disabilities and/or reduced mobility. Being at Wallace House will help them to attend the Group more often and for longer. There is even a car park with Blue Badge spaces, right on the doorstep.

The additional room will open up exciting new possibilities for our students in terms of the art that they will be able to create - we've already received funding for a new pottery kiln, which our members are very excited to be able to work with soon! A larger space will also be more suitable for students to hold their own exhibitions in and sell their art and craft from. Wallace House is a busy community hub with all sorts of people coming and going throughout the day, and this will greatly improve the visibility of our members' art to the public, which (fingers crossed!) will lead to some artwork sales. Overall, we hope and expect that these positive changes will improve our ability to raise funding from within, increasing our financial resiliency as well as improving the experience of our attendees in every way.

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How you can help Garage Art Group

We are hoping to raise at least £6,750 through this crowdfunding campaign, which will supplement the first year of additional costs of a larger premises while we get ourselves set up. The move will allow us to raise more funds than ever before for the Group into the long term, but some extra funding will definitely help us in those vital first few months as we find our feet. 

Shortly after the move, we're going to be hosting an Opening Event, where we'll be introducing ourselves to the community we're about to become a part of, and celebrating the start of an exciting new phase in the life of Garage Art Group. By helping us to reach our £8,000 stretch target, we'll be able to make that event extra-memorable for everyone who attends!

We hope that you’ll be able to help us to make our all-important move happen, and open up a bright new future for the people who rely on Garage Art Group.

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How to support us:

- Donate to this crowdfunder: if you've got some money to spare, please don't delay in making a pledge. The sooner you do this, the better - momentum is the key to success.

- Get the word out: tell your friends and family about our crowdfunding project, and share the link on your social media accounts. The more people know about it, the better!

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