THE ART ORGANISATION has been a ten year project showing concern for the regeneration of derelict property and the support of the arts and education in art for the benefit of the community.

Since 2001 The Art Organisation (TAO) pioneered a portfolio of community access buildings, supporting the arts and art in education.
In each project TAO creates opportunity for artists and arts related practitioners to access affordable (and occassionally free) space, from which they can teach workshops and classes, prepare new artwork, exhibit, perform, sing and play -
a platform for creative expression, and understanding, for the benefit of the wider community.

The projects were un-funded, as TAO have prefered a practical hands-on approach to the work,
recycling whereever possible and working voluntarily to achieve sustained success.

TAO has founded projects in Liverpool, Nottingham, Leicester. London, Kent supporting each to an independent conclusion.



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The Art Organisation believes one solution to the current problem of urban and rural

dereliction and the issue of support for the creative industries, is to allow access to unwanted
spaces for community artists, artistry, education in the arts and community events.


Access to affordable space for the benefit of the creative industries, arts and artists..
Access to affordable space is vital to practitioners in the arts and art in education. Artist's benefit from clean,
cheap space to teach their skills, and practice their artwork in a vital growth period, to reach sustained financial status,
capable of affording more and develop further.
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Support for the benefit of education in the arts.
Many community groups and individuals take part in the arts and participate in classes, workshops, group sessions,
therapy, events and expressions, taking advantage of workable, affordable and available, easy access, open or private space.
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Opportunities for the benefit of the Community.
Volunteers and interested parties in the Community get to take part in each of the projects, benefitting from the work experience, training ands skill-share, leading to the potential of employment, and sparking creativity. The wider community attend events, classes and workshops, and exhibitions, and learn from each experience.
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A work ethic for the benefit for the Environment.
For decades cities have regenerated with the arts at the centre. Artists take advantage of run-down areas,
and the natural process of an increased footfall, the regeneration of dereliction, and the artistic attractions from within,
turn around the neighbourhood and improve it's image.
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Property solutions for the benefit of landlords, building owners, and property developers.
The current economic state is a worry to landlords who have ownership of properties beyond their best.
Often situated in off the trendy track places, beyond a state of good repair, unwanted, and a drain on business finances -
costing more to remain derelict than their worth.
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A working template for the Future!

Current Projects:

The Nottingham project situated on Station Street, Ng2 was
founded by Robert Smith and Kelly Smith in 2006. The first
building to open, in 2007, was the gallery and teabar, hosting
exhibitions, workshops, classes, events, studios, darkroom,
screen-print and textile facilities. In 2009 we opened the
second building to include further studio and workshop space.
In 2010 we finished constructual work to 17-19 and are now working toward its internal design. Work also begun on 11-13.
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Originally established in 2004 by Gregory Gurner and Robert
Smith. TAO have had possession of various properties in the
Ropewalk district of the city. Now occupying eleven premises, the project now managed by Greg Gurner and Mike Kerslake, offers venues,several galleries, studios, a coffee bar, artist's facilities, workshop spaces and recently, a shop. The project is now its own CIC, independent from TAO for the properties it manages whilst TAO focuses on further buildings in Liverpool to support the artist community and create more opportunities.
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Leicester is our latest project, starting in April 2009, by Robert
Smith and project manager Adam Kirk. We occupy one building in Humberstone Gate of the city, and are working to create exhibition galleries, a coffee bar , workshop space and meeting rooms, studios and a woodworkshop and darkroom facilities, and establish it as an independent company.
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TAO hold the lease of a single unit in Leytonstone, adjacent to acommunity squat; 491 gallery. Initiated by Gregory Gurner, the building is home to workshop and studio space for resident artists, and has been so established for nine years. The building has undergone substantial renovation over the years to make it a working space and environment.
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Have you ever aspired to help out in the creative arts? and are interested to create a space for the arts in your community and benefit art and arts education? Do you have good management skills? and are concerned for the state of regeneration in your town and city? are you ambitious, energetic and prepared to work hard for little financial reward and satisfaction of achievement?
TAO for the Future.

TAO now has a ten-year portfolio that has seen us visit several boroughs in London, Canterbury and Kent, Brighton, Liverpool, Nottingham and Leicester, and occupy former shop units, houses, warehouses, churches, cinemas, hotels, nightclubs and public houses.
Thousands of people have visited and benefitted from the work we have done, and the work we continue to do.
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How can you join in?

TAO: A working template for the Future!