The Art Organisation provides ..

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.

TAO have much experience in the needs of artists, we are working artists ourselves. We have met thousands on route, some we have worked with, others we have not.

Each time though we hear their story, their desires and ambitions, and of the hurdles.


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For the benefit of Creatives.

TAO recognises the benefits of artists coming together under one roof. Art History, Contemporary Art, both document these benefits. Many expressive pioneers in art have had the support of like-minded creatives eager to see an impact.

Making use of empty, often large, unwanted, and hopefully free, space, is ideal for artists who occupy and many cities world-wide have examples of this in their cultural quarters. This has been going on for decades, mostly temporarily as the artist group battle requirements necessary to occupancy - utilities, services, landlords, authorities. They often fail - free cannot be free forever.

TAO have faced these dilemmas and worked out a way to make it work. Structures in each of our projects are in place to ensure failure does not occur because of finance. We say it cannot be free, but it can be cheap, as cheap as each project can afford, and each one varies from the other, depending on circumstance.

When opening a new building, we invite the artist community to participate in its development and make use of space. Dictate to us what happens. Whether renting a studio to create new artwork, setting up an office, teaching a workshop or a weekly class, putting on an exhibition, an event or festival, a fayre, a live music night or performance, we hope you will benefit financial from individual efforts and therefore accept the need to pay your way. If that means paying a monthly rent, offering a barter, or donating a percentage of profits, we hope we understand the artists direct needs and believe that we can discuss and, always, find a solution to answer these needs. We hope the combined efforts of all involved overcome the pressing costs to determine financial survival.

As a Social Enterprise we minimise profits, determining sustainment as the first level of success, then targeting employment as a necessity for full-time work to keep the structure in place. Long-term, we maximise profits for the benefit of the community, arts and arts in education.

TAO offer longevity, allowing the opportunity for development. We offer social centres in each project and the chance to network and collaborate, exhibit, sell artwork, perform, express. We offer support from our own experiences and the network of our organisation. We offer access to facilities and serve to provide them in each of our projects, maximising the potential of space. We offer affordable, workable space.

A working template for the Future!

TAO provides ..

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, 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 and 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 of 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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How can you join in? Find out!

TAO: A working template for the Future!