ArtWorks SY, is an organization which supports and promotes the talent of artists with learning disabilities in South Yorkshire.
Founded in 2015, ArtWorks SY is a small community interest company which started in a single centre in Sheffield. Due to the high demand for our services we have now been able to expand into 3 studio spaces at SOAR Works Enterprise Centre, as well as a second community centre in Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham. We provide creative workshops throughout the week, for over 70 artists.
The staff team at ArtWorks SY specialises in a wide range of media. We are always experimenting with new creative techniques, and seeking inspiration from other professionals, keeping workshops fun, exciting and educational. We support our artists in developing their own unique practice, and help them to find opportunities to exhibit and sell their work, as well as take part in competitions. Our aim is to ensure that the ArtWorks artists receive the same opportunities as other artists, while attempting to fight the stigmas associated with learning disabilities and autism.
In the past the ArtWorks artists have collaborated with organisations such as Site Gallery, Bloc Projects, Sidney & Matilda Gallery, Outside In, Doc Fest, and Wentworth Woodhouse. They have began building strong relationships with the visual arts organisations in Sheffield and Rotherham and they are excited to continue building their prominence within the UK cultural sector and beyond!