ArtReach makes great art possible and accessible.
ArtReach is a not-for-profit, contemporary arts development agency, led by ArtReach (Trust) Ltd, that connects art with grass roots and diverse communities to forge creative engagement.
ArtReach – A Brief History
ArtReach began life in the late 1990’s as a sole trader “arts fundraising” business supporting the work of theatre director, David Hill. David established the company formally in response to being contracted to manage the capital project (£8.5 million) and direct the development of the new Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead which opened in 2000.
From a Maidenhead base, ArtReach successfully led development work on several major capital cultural projects, including The Peepul Centre in Leicester, the New Art Exchange and PRIMARY in Nottingham, the Cornerstone in Didcot and the Curzon Community Cinema heritage restoration in Clevedon, Somerset.
From 2004 ArtReach started to develop a strong reputation for Festival, event and public art delivery. ArtReach led the £2.5 million Three Cities Create and Connect project in the East Midlands, establishing its Leicester office base at LCB Depot. It commissioned international artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer to create the world-leading UnderScan installation, which ArtReach produced in six cities culminating in Trafalgar Square, London.
In 2010 ArtReach launched Night of Festivals, working initially in partnership with six Latin American Embassies in London. The Festival has now been delivered through fifteen Editions in seven different locations, including an iconic event at Tower Bridge, London, to mark the opening of the Rio Olympics. Night of Festivals was also part of the London 2012 Festival programme.
Journeys Festival International was initiated in Leicester in 2013 and is now delivered annually in Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth. Since 2015 ArtReach has built extensive European cultural partnerships and led three major collaborative projects with organisations in Hamburg, Rome, Palermo, Budapest, Sofia and Sibiu. The company’s main base is now in Leicester.
ArtReach is part of the Arts Council England NPO portfolio and has four key strands of activity: