The Collaborative Canvas

by The Collaborative Canvas in Eastbourne, East Sussex, United Kingdom

The Collaborative Canvas

Total raised £2,533

raised so far



We are a professional artist studio opening it's doors and inviting individuals in to be creative, make visual art and improve wellbeing.

by The Collaborative Canvas in Eastbourne, East Sussex, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 20th May 2024 we'd raised £2,533 with 35 supporters in 33 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

Purchase materials: paint, paper, pencils, sketchbooks, etc.

Cover access costs for individuals where necessary

I am a former art teacher, trained specifically for post-16 education; I am also an artist. I make work because I want and need to create images and I get so much out of the process for my wellbeing and sense of self. I have worked in schools and colleges and over time, realised that I have an innate interest in the curative and supportive value of art. I, personally, enjoy supporting people to feel better about themselves and their lives and want them to reach their full potential and self-actualise.

Last year I piloted a project at The Lighthouse Gallery in Eastbourne; 'Coffee & Creativity' was a huge success....we had a gorgeous, creative context, access to hot drinks and a space to make work. The group became very social and gave structure to the working week for many of the attendees, we even incorporated lunch and friendships were formed.

The Collaborative Canvas now has its own studio space and a refined idea about what we are offering; a social hub, with visual art at its core (with an Art Facilitator there to offer creative advice and technical tips when and if required).

We have made an application to the Arts Council to support us to pay our studio rent and buy some equipment; such as a lightbox, a small printing press for relief printing, a drying rack, paints, brushes, pencils, paper, etc., so that equipment and cost of access isn't a prohibitive factor for some. We are looking for funding to ensure the future of the project and widen participation (we're hoping to link with GP surgeries and their social prescribers and eventually take referrals from them for our creative/wellbeing workshops). 

So, in short, funding to purchase materials and to cover our overheads, such as our studio rent, is our intention for this Crowdfunder but longterm to pay two Art Facilitator's (one of which is me) and to cover the access costs for individuals on the social prescribing agenda. 

We need your help to keep our project objectives alive!


This project offered rewards

£20 or more

£20 Reward

A studio visit to see the work we do. And an opportunity to see work created during our workshops but also to buy work directly from any of the artists, including work made by The Collaborative Canvas' Art Facilitators. *NB. Cost for individual artworks is in addition to the reward amount and is to be agreed with the individual artist.

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