Community Art School

We are so delighted to have received funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to run a brand new art school for artists who have learning disabilities!

Our art school runs on Wednesdays from 2pm – 5pm and Saturdays from 10am – 1pm at Little Ilford Baptist Church, Sheringham Avenue, Manor Park, E12 5PA. Please see our term dates below and our important information document which has all of the details that you need to know about the art school!

Our aim is to support adults with learning disabilities to become artists in their own right, to develop their own portfolio of work for exhibition and to eventually develop a sustainable model for producing and selling our artists work which will help to generate a source of income for both the CIC and the artist.

If you, or someone you know with a learning disability has a passion for art, we’d love to hear from you as there are still places available to sign up to. Either complete the sign up form below and email this to or call/text us for more information on 07877 259664

Carys Orphan

Community Arts Facilitator

Carys leads our Community Art School and has lots of creative ideas for the future that will bring people with and without learning disabilities together through community art. 

Carys completed training in ‘Working in Community Arts’ in 2019. She has co-facilitated on a number of community textiles and arts projects with children and adults who have learning disabilities. Two of these projects for people with learning disabilities were health promotion based. One called ‘tales of teeth’ which was in collaboration with Kent community health NHS trust, exploring ways to look after teeth and gums, this was exhibited in Central London and turned into a book for schools, libraries and community centres. Secondly a project on ‘dissecting diabetes’; an exploration of what it feels like to have diabetes and how to manage symptoms.

Carys has worked as a support worker for Hopeful Futures since it launched. She is passionate about seeing people with learning disabilities living purposeful and fulfilling lives.

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