Articulate gives young lives disturbed by trauma creative safe spaces to explore, express and enjoy themselves through art. Our activities use art to build a sense of self-worth that results in enduring personal resilience.
Articulate is a dynamic charity based in Brighton which provides creative art workshops for young people living in socially deprived and precarious circumstances. Founded in 2001 by Sue Miller, Articulate was inspired by her late daughter Charlotte’s belief that art is a powerful social tool for transforming and helping people’s lives.
We have over 18 years’ experience of delivering arts-based activities to young people and their families. Since 2001, we have worked in seven countries around the world, reaching thousands of children. While offering them a chance to have a voice through art, we have presented their work on an international platform.
Where we are now:
Since we were awarded charity status in 2010, we have gone from strength to strength advocating for change, developing new partners, recruiting more artist practitioners, developing training and fund sourcing from the British Council, Arts Council England and the Big Lottery. Our work has included supporting at the Calais refugee camps and partnering with organisations such as Safe in Sussex to provide support at women's refuge centres.
We have developed Creative Safe Space — a methodology unique to Articulate which uses a therapeutic approach to an informed and focused arts engagement practice.
This methodology provides access to art materials and processes to encourage the powerful means of expression that creativity offers. Through the playful, experimental process of making art, young people receive the deep, therapeutic benefit of expressing their thoughts, feelings, experiences and stories.
Creative Safe Spaces are a drop-in style, open studio where various art materials are made available, unhindered by any directive outcome. Sharing their stories through the process, the young people are free to express themselves and feel listened to, understood and supported, in a place of empathy and compassion.
Our principles and how we work:
We believe all children have the right to explore, express and empower themselves through art.
We are committed to the high standards of our Creative Safe Spaces, run by highly experienced art educators, art therapists and volunteer artists.
By using art to share their stories and experiences, our work helps build a stronger sense of self-worth in young people that results in enduring personal resilience.
Articulate is growing and our work relies completely on the support of volunteers, charitable donations and grant-funding. Your support will allow us to expand the reach of our projects and further develop our unique methodology, Creative Safe Spaces, with more research and training.