Artizan Collective CIC is a not for profit Social Enterprise dedicated to the advancement of arts and culture in Torbay, supporting wider engagement and greater accessibility to arts for our communities, through the provision of opportunities, resources, spaces and networks for creatives of all practices in a sustainable and resilient manner.
Currently hosted at Fleet Walk in the Artizan Collective Gallery, the Collective is providing a vibrant creative hub delivering opportunities for artists and audiences living and working in the Bay, as well as contributing to the English Riviera's cultural tourism offer. The venue currently runs a year-round visual arts programme which supports artists of all disciplines and experiences, including students and emerging artists, by creating affordable exhibition opportunities, awards and bursaries. In addition, a programme of community workshops, artist studios, and production spaces are in development in partnership with other independent creatives and local cultural organisations.
Through this activity we aim to improve the perception of Torbay's cultural offer, showcasing and connecting the creative stakeholders contributing to the sector and signposting audiences from this prominent location, to the areas hidden gems.
The organisation currently consists of two directors and a small group of key stakeholders and partners who support and deliver work, as well as an invested community of artists and creatives. Artizan Gallery supports the work of Artizan Collective CIC through the sharing of resources and promotional activities.
Examples of some of our Community Engagement Activities
2019 Devon Open Studios Launch Venue – in 2019 Artizan Collective played host this established annual county wide event, a first for Torbay bringing in new audiences from across the County.
2019 We toured an exhibition to the HeArts Gallery at Torbay Hospital. ‘Our Place in the Seven Heavens’. The exhibition was a collaborative project with a local artist and poet and formed part of the 2019 English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Festival.
2019 Student exhibition for the Medical Tuition Service, an alternate provision for students with medical conditions hosted at a partner venue.