About Artisan

We believe that everyone is an artist and that everyone, whatever their age and ability, social, educational and financial circumstances, should have the opportunity to benefit from participating in contemporary, high quality, affordable, innovative,  experimental range of art form practices, in a stimulating, and supported environment.

We believe in warmth, fun, respect, equality, inclusivity and making a difference.

We are an independent community art studio based in a self contained annex at the Branksome Centre.

We are a CIC ~ Not for Profit Organisation also known as a Social Enterprise.

Company Number 09926964

Sessions are for all abilities, a wide range of ages and include specific sessions for people with mental health problems, learning disability, Asperger's, Stroke victims, physical disability, ME, Home Educated children and teens and isolated and vulnerable groups.

Artisan team is made up of 50 highly skilled, passionate artists with a wide range of abilities and are experienced in working with a variety of exciting media.


We were initially funded with 1 years start up costs by Arts Council England and are now six years old.

We have a beautiful studio with a secret rear garden. 

The project manager is Pauline Stanley, BA (Hons) Fine Art, who is a graduate from Arts University Bournemouth and a participatory visual artist and an arts and health practitioner who works with schools, museums, Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival, Artsreach, visiting lecturer at Arts University Bournemouth and teaches on international cruises. 

She has a background in nursing in mental health and learning disability.


  • We will challenge existing status of art produced by marginalised groups by lifting it out of the "Community Centre" into the wider art world. Recognising the centrality of the "marginalised" position and the unique vision accorded by it.

  • We will provide high quality opportunities for contemporary art engagement with disability/vulnerable groups and the general public.

  • We will provide families the opportunity to engage intergenerationally with arts

  • We will provide supported creative sessions for those with a mental health, learning disability, physical disability and aim for these sessions to become integrated with public sessions as appropriate. We do not ask for lots of personal information or require you to be assessed, we work in an nonintrusive way where everyone is accepted and treated equally.

  • We will actively seek to engage with new audiences – groups that have not previously engaged with art activities with a wide range of art form practice

  • We will provide opportunities for participants to experiment with a wide range of high quality, innovative and experimental art materials, processes, techniques

  • We will diligently market our service to ensure we provide a long lasting service, building a good reputation with a high profile status in the community

  • We will adapt to meet the changing needs of our community and meet the current increase in interest in art activities that is currently happening in Bournemouth, Poole and surrounding areas.

  • We will support the existing community of artists by facilitating peer discussions/critiques and provide a space where life and portrait drawing sessions can be held on a regular basis.

  • We will always aim to work to a standard of excellence and best practice in everything we do

  • We will continue developing on our own art practice so it informs the work we do and update our professional qualifications on a regular basis

  • We will host regular open days where participants work can be exhibited and the studios facilities can be presented to prospective participants and professional bodies

  • We aim to provide work opportunity for other artists in the Bournemouth area.

  • We are providing work experience placements from local collages and Arts University Bournemouth

  • We will develop links with the wider contemporary art community, galleries and curators

  • We will encourage and support our artists to go on to higher education.

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