What we do
Artsadmin is a company of creative people working with artists to develop and make performance projects for local, national and international audiences in a variety of places and contexts.
We offer a range of support for artists and rehearsal studios, workspaces and a programme of public events at Toynbee Studios, our home in London’s East End. We also collaborate on national partnership projects engaging with disability-led arts and climate justice and international collaboration.
Artsadmin’s values underpin all three strands of its work:
- Sustainable. Raising awareness of environmental issues through the arts and seeking greener ways of working.
- Collaborative. Developing long-term relationships with diverse audiences, artists and partners.
- Bold. Encouraging artists to take risks, supporting radical approaches and promoting experimentation.
In 2020/21, the Artsadmin team quickly adapted how it delivered its projects in response to the pandemic. Our artist support programmes moved online, we pivoted artists’ touring projects to be delivered remotely or digitally, and we continued to welcome artists to our studios whenever it was safe to do so.
In that year, we:
- Supported 440 artists directly.
We did this through paid opportunities – from touring their work to new commissions like Lady Unchained’s The Forgotten People – and artist support programmes, such as free one-to-one advice sessions, online workshops and rehearsal space.
- Brought artists’ projects to audiences of 42,464 globally digitally and in person. Alongside our Toynbee Studios programme, we toured to 6 towns and cities in the UK and to 7 countries worldwide such as YARA + DAVINA’’s Arrival + Departures and Tania El Khoury’s As Far As Isolation Goes.
- Delivered 91 artists’ events and were part of 14 festivals.
Since 2013, Artsadmin has co-delivered Unlimited in partnership with Shape Arts. Unlimited is an arts commissioning programme that enables new work by disabled artists to reach UK and international audiences and has provided more than £4.7 million to over 400 ambitious disabled artists and companies through commissions, awards and support, making it the largest supporter of disabled artists worldwide.
Artsadmin is partnering with Julie’s Bicycle to deliver Season for Change, a nationwide cultural programme of artistic commissions and campaign inspiring urgent climate action in 2020-21.
Artsadmin is a lead partner on an international artistic fellowship, Another Route, in collaboration with Forest Fringe, Total Theatre Network and a consortium of UK independent performance companies.