New collaborations between artists and communities, designed to create opportunities for participation, to change perceptions and inspire. Combining process and spectacle, our creative projects aim to reach new audiences, building relationships with those least likely to engage in contemporary art and culture. Placing artists in public and participatory contexts, we engage communities in making, dialogue, actions, public events and exhibitions.   Follow the links below to find out about recent work.

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Founded in 1196, Torre Abbey is a historic house, Accredited museum, art gallery and the remains of the wealthiest abbey in the UK of the order of Premonstratensian Canons Regular. The listed buildings of national importance and the ruined remains of the medieval abbey, together with buried remains and associated landscape features comprise a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Following a major restoration programme, Torre Abbey is building audiences both across the local […]

Torre Abbey / 2015

Future Museums was a strategic programme supported by the Arts Council to lay the foundations for a new, more sustainable future for the Museums of Torbay. The three accredited museums of Torbay, Torre Abbey, Torquay Museum and Brixham Heritage Museum worked in partnership to develop new and established audiences, implement new programmes across exhibitions, events and education. Future Museums incorporated review of strategic, business planning and operations. Over a two year and […]

Future Museums / 2012-15

Led by Play Torbay, Quest Play aimed is to transform cultural spaces into places where audiences can interact with them in a playful, adventurous way. Over two years, the project worked with three heritage sites, developing new performance-based work with children and young people – ‘Hope’ at Greenway, ‘Secrets’ at Cockington Court, and ‘Tiny Huge’ at Torquay Museum. Each quest too the form a devised-performance, weaving together researched stories and adventures for […]

Quest Play

Over a one-year period, over 80 young people from the London Borough of Richmond investigated the theme of journeys, creating work in response to the personal effects of explorer Sir Richard Burton, museum collections and international contemporary artists. Working with artists Nathalie Palin and Rachel Craddock, Katherine Morling, Ross Sutherland and Eleanor Pile, they created poetry, ceramic pieces, textiles, paintings, drawings, installations, puppetry, printmaking and photographic work. Participants researched the […]

Journeys, Stories of the World / 2010-11

The Diamond Jubilee Gardens were established and opened in 2012 and located on the site of the former Twickenham Lido. The gardens were transformed, after 30 years of neglect, as part of Richmond Council’s regeneration of Twickenham. The gardens were officially opened on 23 June 2012 by Princess Alexandra. Launched in June 2011 by Lord True, Leader of the Council, The Frame is a changing display of artwork inspired by […]

Jubilee Gardens

Developed with Orleans House Gallery, this project used drawing as a creative vehicle to encourage children and young people to explore the work of the Children’s Trust in an integrated way. Children and young people aged 9 to 19 worked with Nathalie Palin to explore the themes of Every Child Matters, and make drawing-based work in response to them. Each group looked at contemporary artists’ processes and ideas to influence […]

Every Drawing Matters / 2008

Culture 4 Keeps began as a DCMS Cultural Pathfinder in 2005, to pilot how the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames could utilise cultural services as a driving force to improve the attainment of Looked After children. Culture 4 Keeps sought to develop a universal offer of engagement with cultural services for this group of vulnerable young people and their carers. We aimed to do this by encouraging participation by this […]

Culture 4 Keeps

Troika was a three-fold project developed with Network East Foyers, to provide homeless young people with opportunities to showcase their creative skills. Incorporating fine art, fashion design and performance, each project element worked with a lead cultural organisation: the National Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Over a seven-month period young people worked on a weekly basis with creative practitioners from each specialism. Through […]

Troika Projects / 2004-5

Part of the Troika series, Absence/Presence looked at representations of status and patronage in the National Gallery collections within the context of young people’s heritage in east London’s richly diverse communities. Lead artist Maria Khierkah investigated notions of identity with a core group of participants, to create installation and photographic pieces with support from artists Uli Schade and Evon Gregory. The resulting photographic images re-appropriated paintings in the collections. The […]

Presence/Absense, Maria Kheirkah, 2005

One of the first young people focused programmes at Orleans House Gallery, the Dinner Party marked the trajectory for Richmond Arts Service in building its expertise in supporting young people struggling with transitions into adulthood. We worked with artist Paddy Hartley to create a new site-specific installation, through a seven-month project between Orleans House Gallery, the Strathmore Centre and Richmond upon Thames Exclusions Unit, working with young people outside of formal […]

The Dinner Party / 2004

Exploring the theme of environment, this project brought together the creative work of over 240 young people across five supported housing foyers in east London and Essex. Over a six-month period young people worked with visiting artists and local arts networks and took part in an arts residential in Dartmoor National Park. Foyer participants created a site-specific installation for Stratford Circus with artist Simon Dicker, and new residents worked with […]

Constellation, Simon Lee Dicker / 2004

The Build Your Own Politician pilot (2005) was devised by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Electoral Services Department, to explore young people’s perceptions of politicians and to openly consider the barriers that may prevent young people from becoming politically engaged.  Build Your Own Politician was a pilot project devised by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Electoral Services Department to explore young people’s perceptions of politicians and to openly […]

Build Your Own Politician

Progress comprised ten creative projects, developed to mark the 10th anniversary of East Potential. Over a six-month period, young people, artists and staff worked together to create visual arts work, fashion collections, and performances incorporating dance, music and theatre, as well as documentary films. Their work culminated in two nights of anniversary celebrations in November 2006, at Stratford Circus, and the EastWinter Gardens at Canary Wharf. The programme sought to […]

Progress / 2006-7