The Art House, Wakefield, Drury Lane, Wakefield, WF2 9DS – Visit Now
Established in 1994, The Art House is a visual arts development agency and registered charity based in Wakefield. Founded by a group of artists in response to the lack of facilities for disabled visual practitioners, the organisation has successfully run arts projects, training events and artists’ residencies throughout Yorkshire and the Midlands. Following the construction and opening of its new building in 2008, it now houses fully accessible studios, accommodation, meeting rooms, community spaces and an office for its growing team.
The venue has continued to develop, working towards removing barriers for artists through residencies, professional development and mentoring for its diverse membership base of over 200 artists. In 2012, The Arts Council selected The Art House to be funded as a National Portfolio Organisation, a status which was renewed in 2014. In 2013, it secured support through the European Regional Development Fund to redevelop the Grade II Listed Drury Lane Library into a further 34 artists’ studios.
A series of solo residencies form a part of The Art House’s year-round programme. Provided with accessible accommodation, studio space, access to print facilities and support from the in-house team, selected artists are given the opportunity to show either a new body of work, or work in progress at the end of their residency. Four graduate residencies are also held each year, and month-long opportunities are provided for up to 15 emerging artists to work collaboratively in a shared studio space.
Alongside training, mentoring, residencies and commissions, The Art House develops collaborative platforms promoting equality and diversity, driving new research and contributing to an essential discourse around the Creative Case for Diversity in contemporary visual arts practice.