About Our Community Programme
NAE believes that everyone should have access to being creative through the arts. We offer a lively and varied community programme throughout the year, ranging from creative workshops that welcome people to our exhibitions, to longer projects that work intensively and closely with local groups, individuals and community organisations.
We are constantly excited and inspired by the different communities that surround New Art Exchange, including community groups from different faiths and heritage, and groups that come together due to shared interests or a common purpose. This is a constant learning process for us, and means that the community programme is constantly shifting, adapting and responding to the needs and interests of our local and wider communities.
We are committed to co-creation, and working in partnership, offering spaces where individuals and community groups can collaborate with artists, taking part in high quality and inclusive arts opportunities. These projects support people to use their imagination, unlock their creativity, feel joy, learn new skills, develop confidence and connect with other people.
We are interested in how the arts can contribute towards social change, and how we can support people to create positive change within their local and global communities through creative activism. Many of our long term projects work with the community groups to have voice and take action about issues that matter to them.
Most importantly, we take time to ensure that wellbeing is integrated into every strand of our community programme. Compassion, Empathy, Kindness, Collaboration and Listening sit at the heart of everything we do. We believe that everyone who takes part in our community activities should feel welcomed and valued for who they are, and we seek to create an atmosphere of trust, warmth and mutual support as we work together.