We are thrilled to announce that Cartwheel Arts has received £20,000 in funding from The Garfield Weston Foundation to help us continue delivering Art for a Reason, our programme of high quality participatory arts projects delivered to generate social change.
The Garfield Weston Foundation supports charities doing valuable work across the UK, including those which nurture and enhance the nation’s cultural life.
Here at Cartwheel we work with communities of all shapes and sizes bring them exciting, colourful arts projects. Participation and collaboration are key to our work, developing confidence and skill and building stronger communities with a positive self-image.
Hebe Reilly said: “We’re incredibly pleased to receive this funding. All the work Cartwheel delivers takes place in areas of high deprivation or with people confronting issues which significantly limit their quality of life. Many of these neighbourhoods we work in have been identified as ‘left behind’ places where residents are at increased risk of unemployment, living in poverty, lower education achievement and aspirations and poor health. So funding like this can makes a meaningful difference to people’s lives. We work with all ages from our regular early years sessions with toddlers right up to older people in care homes.”
Cartwheel is keen to continue to engage under-represented communities with high-quality creative and cultural experiences, but also deepen that engagement and raise the profile of our activities. Access to culture is a fundamental human right, and we believe everyone deserves the opportunity to be creative. It is still the case that working class people, racially diverse communities and people with disabilities are under-represented in our art colleges, galleries and concert halls.
A huge thank you to the Garfield Weston Foundation for their support in encouraging people to discover their talent, engage in diverse cultural experiences and believe in themselves.