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Working in partnership with leading cultural organisations, Project Art Works present a three year programme of art and conversation called Explorers. The programme is informed and led by neurodiverse communities, placing them at the heart of social, civic and cultural activity.

ABOUT Explorers Project

In 2016 Project Art Works were awarded an Ambition for Excellence grant by Arts Council England to deliver Explorers, a three year programme of art and conversation in partnership with cultural organisations across the UK and in Australia. Taking place against a backdrop of increased hardship and intolerance toward disabled people, the aim is to develop positive relationships between cultural organisations and the social care sector and to reposition people who have complex needs at the forefront of mainstream culture.

Over the next three years the work will include: awareness raising and encounter workshops, happenings, productions, commissions, exhibitions and seminars in collaboration with people who have complex needs and those who support them.


The EXPLORERS programme includes the development of up to six co-commissions with partners and collaborators. Partner organisations may be supported by additional and bespoke ‘encounter’ events and new ways of commissioning artists and content that references neurodiversity as part of their main artistic and curatorial programmes. Art that references the experience of people who have complex needs is rarely exhibited or featured in the main curatorial programmes of galleries. There may be many human, social and cultural reasons for this. Through collaborative action we will explore these questions and promote a range of possible artistic outcomes for all involved that effect attitudinal and cultural change.

About Project Art Works

Based in Hastings, Project Art Works is the UK’s leading artist led organisation working with people with profound intellectual impairment and complex needs.

Project Art Works is a National Portfolio organisation for the Arts Council and delivers intensive programmes in house through PROPEL and with National organisation across the country with EXPLORERS.

Started in 1997, Project Art Works has worked with thousands of people with complex needs and continues to offer support and friendship to them and their families.

About Arts Council England
Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.