Our projects.

ACAVA has developed and delivered innovative educational and community projects since the 1970s. In 1984 it was registered as an educational charity to enable artists to engage their creativity and skills for the benefit of people of all ages, and within the statutory system, community groups and those drawn together at ACAVA studios.

Projects aim to promote individual expression and the recogition of and respect for cultural diversity, to develop visual skills in relation to curricula and beyond, and to provide work experience.

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Venture Photography
1 Sep 2016 
 - 30 Sep 2016
In September 2016 two new 10-week photography projects have started at the Venture Centre.  Denise Semple, who leads Pace Photography, has said of her project "Pace Photography is for anyone interested in walking, photos, local...
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Hadleigh Old Fire Station: 85 Years of Community and Place
2016 
 - 2017
Hadleigh Old Fire Station (HOFS) has been at the heart of Hadleigh for 85 years. Its Firemen and women served the local community throughout World War II and into the 21st Century. In 2012 it was part of the London 2012 Olympics (hosting the...
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West Wednesdays
2014 
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Launched in the summer of 2014 West Wednesdays are occasional free walking art tours incorporating galleries, studios and arts organisations in the Latimer Rd area around ACAVA’s Blechynden St Studios. The programme, aimed at artists, students...
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St Charles Art Collection (2014 onwards)
2014 
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Today at the St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing you can see the new permanent art work created by local people in collaboration with professional artists.   Works from St Charles: Art for Wellbeing from 2016 have joined artworks...
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Gatehouse Arts
1 Aug 2010 
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Gatehouse Arts in Harlow, Essex, runs a programme of exhibitions, events and educational and community projects. Between exhibitions the Window Gallery shows the work of the 27 artists who have studios on site. The Carve Up project enabled primary...
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Education Business Services International
2003 
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Working in collaboration with EBSI, Education Business Services International, ACAVA facilitates workshops in schools and ACAVA studios for young people considering curriculum choices and future career directions. Artists discuss their...
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Artspace
1994 
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Artspace provides projects for people experiencing mental health and substance misuse problems. The project is run by a team of artists in close collaboration with healthcare professionals. We seek to provide appropriate workshops for different...
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