Annual Report 2017-18

 Trustees’ Report

Arty Party Limited

on the Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2018

The trustees present their annual report and financial statements of the charity for the year ended 31 March 2018. The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with section 396 of the Companies Act 2006 and with the methods and principles of the Statement of Recognised Practice: Accounting and Reporting of Charities.

Company Number 07162495

Charity Name

Arty Party Limited

Company Number


Charity Number



Julia Dean-Richards

Gill Pitt

Linda Rix

Chad Addison

Anthony Woods

Zoe Storme

Jane Busby

Dawn Miles


Community Accounting Services Limited

5 Winterton Way



Registered office

5 Winterton Way




Structure, Governance and Management

The organisation is a charitable company limited by guarantee, incorporated on 18 February 2010 and registered as a charity on 21 June 2011.The company was established under a Memorandum of Association which establishes the objects and powers of the charitable company and is governed under its Articles of Association.

 The Trustees are appointed by the board and elected by members.

Objectives and Activities 

The objectives of the charity are to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities within Shropshire and its surrounding areas, by promoting education and the arts, and through this improving individual health, social wellbeing and economic stability. Also to promote social integration and community cohesion, building trust, confidence and communication between people with disabilities and the wider community through the medium of the arts.

We will review our aims, objectives and activities each year, considering our achievements and the outcomes of our work in the previous 12 months. We will refer to the guidance contained in the Charity Commission’s general guidance on public benefit when reviewing our aims and objectives and in planning future activities. In particular, the Trustees will consider how planned activities will contribute to the aims and objectives they have set.

Membership, Teams and Committees

Arty Party is a membership arts organisation that works with adults with learning disabilities to create art, performance, craft, writing, film and music. The Arty Party Able Events Team is a group trained to run art and social events, including the Nights Out that many of our members enjoy. Our Art Room is for people who wish to discover their own style and exhibit and sell their art. Our Physical Theatre group and our Dance & Drama group meet regularly, and make stunning performance pieces and films. We work towards and take part in local carnivals. Our Members Committee makes decisions and we learn and work together.

We have around 100 members. 12 members are elected onto the members committee. This committee makes decisions about future activities and fundraising, and is chaired and minuted by its members. 2 members represent the committee at Board meetings.

Publicity and Marketing

Arty Party employs the following strands of marketing:

  • Social media – Its own FB pages, Twitter feeds and the Arty Party website;
  • Newsletters to our membership and associates;
  • Flyers and local media campaigns for specific projects;
  • Listings from other disability and arts organisations;
  • Word of mouth;
  • Listings from venues where our work is shown.

During the year 2017 – 18 we continued to market our Four Solos in the Wild exhibition and films. This involved: 

  • Coordination with exhibiting venues;
  • Collaboration with community and arts organisations in the areas where we are showing work;
  • Online presence, sharing streaming of the work on sites which have a high number of hits and a strong interest in the arts;
  • Well publicised opening events to launch each exhibition;
  • Using the power of high quality and surprising images to create a buzz about the project in all forms of media;
  • Communication between our project evaluator, project manager and the touring venues.

 Achievements and Performance in the year

 Four Solos in the Wild

 Four Solos in the Wild is Arty Party’s film and photo exhibition, funded by Arts Council England. In November 2017, a group of our performers travelled to Brighton, to show Arty Party’s exhibition and films at the Oska Bright Film Festival.

The Oska Bright film festival takes place every two years, and Arty Party was invited to put on our Four Solos in the Wild exhibition as well as to show Graham’s film, “A Safe Place to Rest”. Graham, Chloe, Georgie, Mervyn, Pippa, Julia and Jane drove to the coast to join Ray and Wren, who got the exhibition up and running on the first day of the festival.

Our group stayed at the Premier Inn. At the theatre, they met with friends, old and new, who had come to show their films and be an appreciative audience. The exhibition was very well received.

The group took part in a question and answer session, all about the Arty Party films and how they were made. The next morning, after a walk and ‘warm-up’ on Brighton Beach, they watched more films and were delighted to find Arty Party had won “Best Choreography” award at the Festival!

Whilst in Brighton, the group fitted in a visit to an art exhibition by Sarah Watson and William Hankeom, two learning disabled artists working in Brighton, before returning home with the award.

The films continued to be shown at festivals around the world. Graham’s four solos film, A Safe Place to Rest, was shown as part of the international day of persons with disabilities at the Musea d’Art de Cerdanyola in Barcelona. The exhibition also ran at ‘The Feast’ in Malvern, in November, and also really moved visitors at its most recent exhibition, in March 2018, at 2 Penrhiw, Abercych, Pembrokeshire. Visitors were inspired by the power of the stories and performances in the films. The exhibition was presented by SiD (Chloe, Mervyn, Rachel and Ray).

Nights Out, Trips and Social Opportunities

 In February 2018, Arty Party members and friends were given discounted tickets to attend a performance of ‘Terra Firma’, by National Dance Company Wales, at the Theatre Severn, in Shrewsbury.

Arty Party Continued to run our popular, themed Night Out. For example, in February 2018, we held a Valentine’s Ball, at Castle Farm Community Centre, Hadley, Telford. In November 2017, we ran our AGM, followed by a disco. Arty Party Nights Out attract our wider membership, many of whom do not currently attend other Arty Party activities. We increased the number of events this year (despite the snow). The events are themed, with increased input from our Art Room participants, who provided the decoration and displayed their work. Nights Out include a disco and nibbles. We promoted our other events and activities at Nights Out, and the events were planned and organised by our Members Committee, led by Julie Watson and Chad Addison.

Arty Party also provided free tickets to a circus performance at The Place, Oakengates, Telford, in January 2018.

Mural Project – to celebrate Telford’s 50th Birthday

In February 2018, we commissioned Fran O’Boyle, Shropshire Artist and storyteller, to work with community groups to design and create a large scale mural (over 21 metres long) on an external wall running the length of Ketley Community Centre, Ketley, Telford. The mural will be painted directly on the wall. We will launch the mural at a 50th birthday party at the Centre, hosted by Arty Party members. The project has been funded by Telford & Wrekin Council.

Arty Party’s 50th Birthday Mural Project is inspired by a building at the heart of the history and heritage of Ketley. Drawing upon the knowledge of Ketley History Group and Friends of Paddock Mound, who battled for nearly 50 years to stop the green space being built on, we will involve our members – adults with learning disabilities – and other local groups, in art and storytelling, including children from Meadows Primary School, and young people attending Telford & Wrekin’s Kreative Kids.

The Mural will commemorate the past, whilst adding a splash of colour and design to represent the present and the ‘new’. It will incorporate colours and shapes to guide the viewer, as Telford continues to change and develop, physically and conceptually, along with the lifestyles of its inhabitants. We will incorporate images of local wild flowers and nature to mark the preservation of Paddock Mound as an accessible nature reserve and the importance of green places. Finally, we will hold an informal 50th Birthday celebration event at Ketley Community Centre (the old school), to reveal the mural to the local community and facilitate the swapping and recording of stories and memories, led by Fran O’Boyle.

Physical Theatre and Dance and Drama

 We continued to run weekly Physical Theatre sessions, on Fridays, at Trinity Centre, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury, facilitated by Ray Jacobs, who has a wealth of performance, directing and training experience. The group produced some amazing work, and continued to be very focussed and creative. Talented photographer, Ewen Macintyre, continued to attend the Friday Physical Theatre group to record the work of the group, in photographs, on a weekly basis. Photographs were shown on our facebook page. Arty Party Physical Theatre introduced an ‘Actor of the Month’ trophy.

In Ketley, Telford, we ran Dance and Drama sessions, facilitated by Poppy Mansfield and Anna Belyavin, two experienced practitioners.

Art Room

In 2017 – 18 we ran Arty Party Art Room sessions in Shrewsbury, at The Gateway Arts and Education Centre, and in Ketley, Telford, at Ketley Community Centre. Arty Party Art Room offers a wide choice of creative activities and learning opportunities in a supportive environment. We worked with participants to address support needs and access requirements. A professional artist facilitates sessions and offers guidance and support. We offered two ‘Art Room’ sessions at the Gateway Education and Arts Centre, fortnightly, on Wednesdays, during term time, and a three hour session in Ketley, on Mondays, during term time. Art Room works with individuals at all levels, to build on their creative arts skills. The sessions provided opportunities for our participants to develop artistic skill, express creativity, work with a variety of mediums, increase in confidence and self esteem, have fun and make new friends. All resources are provided. The tutor, Julie Watson, has a wealth of experience of working with adults and learning/physical disability. She has a degree in fine art and textiles and City & Guilds 7307 (FAHE), and has worked in educational organisations, in the health sector and a variety of community contexts.

Shrewsbury Carnival 2017

Once again, in June 2017, our Karnival Krew prepared for and entered Shrewsbury Carnival. The general theme was ‘Carnival Goes Around the World’. Our Art Room participants painted t-shirts promoting peace and art around the world. We also made a giant van Gogh Sunflower, and a Piccasso head, which were carried by our members on the long (hot) walk around Shrewsbury town centre.


 We applied for and secured funding from Telford & Wrekin Council for our Mural Project. Our Physical Theatre sessions enabled us to draw down funding through Hereford & Ludlow College, via the Gateway Education and Arts Centre, Shrewsbury. We continued to have a donation button on our facebook page. We applied for and were granted a small pot of funding from Hadley and Leegomery town council, to run our Nights Out.  Members who attended events and activities contributed, to enable us to hire venues and storage, pay freelance facilitation and support staff, as well as insurance and accounting costs.  We subscribe to Give as You Live, which gives friends of the charity the opportunity to support us when they shop on-line, and the Everyday Shopping Card scheme run by Sainsburys. We are grateful to our funders and those who make donations to Arty Party. Any restricted funds are spent according to the grant requirements which assist the Charity in meeting its objectives.

The trustees declare that they have approved the trustees’ report above.

Signed on behalf of the charity’s trustees.

Julia Dean-Richards

 Chair of Trustees

Date 08/06/2018

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