Active Arts

Active Arts is a performing and visual arts course for adults with learning disabilities run by Hastings & Bexhill Mencap Society. Active Arts students are taught by professional artists and performers. Our courses include: Making for the Stage, Musical Theatre, Dance, Art and Design, Story Making & Illustration, and Comedy and Drama Improvisation.

Our magnificent end of year show gives students an opportunity to showcase their skills in the performing arts, with the visual arts groups providing back-drops and props for the sketches. This is a community event open to the general public. Lively and energetic the evenings entertainment leaves audiences wanting more, and with a positive view of what people with a learning disability have to offer.

Our visual artists also exhibit their work throughout the year and have taken part in Coastal Currents Art Festival, and have also exhibited work at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery and the Tate Modern, London.

Active Arts strives to raise the profile of artists and performers with a learning disability. Where possible we run our classes in community spaces and collaborate with other artists.

Active Arts does not receive any core funding. Each year the project has to apply for funding.
Students also pay to attend classes.

If you would like to support Active Arts please contact:-

Ann Bloomfield
Active Arts Co-ordinator on 01424 424813 or use our contact form.

Art created at Hastings & Bexhill Mencap