Creating Art, Improving Lives

Rowan is a vibrant and active part of the art community in Cambridge working with people with learning disabilities. We are based on Humberstone Road in Cambridge, and run a number of studios including wood, ceramics, print, textiles and mixed media. We now run regular music and performance workshops.

Rowan was set up in 1984 to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities through the provision of services and meaningful activities. This was against the background of change that, quite radically at the time, sought to move people out of institutions and into the community.

This creative working in small groups with tutors enables Rowan’s students to develop social and communication skills, offering a rounded and stimulating group experience to each individual participant. The active participation in community events and arts activities is also important as a means of connecting directly with our local community and cultural heritage. Meeting people in new and different environments stimulates ideas and discussion as well as being a platform for enabling greater social inclusion.

Rowan is committed to:

  • Approaching life as an adventure, with humour, passion, optimism and fun
  • Sharing our passion for bringing art and people together
  • Fairness and equal opportunities based on respect for all people
  • Doing good for the whole – our students, staff, community and society
  • Providing a safe, caring, nurturing, inspiring and creative environment
  • Championing personal development, innovation and excellence
  • Encouraging friendship and a sense of belonging
  • Sustainability and acting in an environmentally friendly and ethical way
  • A social enterprise model that produces financial returns and social impact

We are always delighted to take on a commission for both public and private art. We also produce artwork for sale in our gallery and exhibitions throughout the year.

You can find out more about Rowan on our website with weekly news, commissions and events!