Art Organisation believes one
solution to the current problem of urban and rural dereliction
and the issue of support for the creative industries, is
to allow access to unwanted spaces for community artists,
artistry, education in
the arts and community events.
Access to affordable space
for the benefit of the creative industries, arts and artists..
Access to affordable space is vital to practitioners
in the arts and art in education. Artist's benefit from
cheap space to teach their skills, and practice their artwork
in a vital growth period, to reach sustained financial status,
capable of affording more and develop further.
Support for the benefit
of education in the arts.
Many community groups and individuals take part in the arts
and participate in classes, workshops, group sessions,
therapy, events and expressions, taking advantage of workable,
affordable and available, easy access, open or private space.
Opportunities for the
benefit of the Community.
Volunteers and interested parties in the Community get to
take part in each of the projects, benefitting from the
work experience, training ands skill-share, leading to the
potential of employment, and sparking creativity. The wider
community attend events, classes and workshops, and exhibitions,
and learn from each experience.
A work ethic for the
benefit for the Environment.
For decades cities have regenerated with the arts
at the centre. Artists take advantage of run-down areas,
and the natural process of an increased footfall, the regeneration
of dereliction, and the artistic attractions from within,
turn around the neighbourhood and improve it's image.
Property solutions for
the benefit of landlords, building owners, and property
The current economic state is a worry to landlords who have
ownership of properties beyond their best
Often situated in off the trendy track places, beyond a
state of good repair, unwanted, and a drain on business
costing more to remain derelict than their worth.
The Nottingham project situated on
Station Street, Ng2 was
founded by Robert Smith and Kelly Smith in 2006. The
building to open, in 2007, was the gallery and teabar,
exhibitions, workshops, classes, events, studios,
screen-print and textile facilities. In 2009 we opened
second building to include further studio and workshop
In 2010 we finished construcual work to 17-19 and
are now working to ward its internal design. Work
also begun on 11-13.
Originally established in 2004 by
Gregory Gurner and Robert
Smith. TAO have had possession of various properties
Ropewalk district of the city. Now occupying eleven
premises, the project now managed by Greg Gurner and
Mike Kerslake, offers venues,several galleries, studios,
a coffee bar, artist's facilities, workshop spaces
and recently, a shop. The project is now its own CIC,
independent from TAO for the properties it manages
whilst TAO focuses on further buildings in Liverpool
to support the artist community and create more opportunities.
Leicester is our latest project, starting
in April 2009, by Robert
Smith and project manager Adam Kirk. We currently
occupy one building in Humberstone Gate of the city,
and are working to create exhibition galleries, a
coffee bar , workshop space and meeting rooms, studios
and a woodworkshop and darkroom facilities, and establish
it as an independent company.
TAO hold the lease of a single unit
in Leytonstone, adjacent to acommunity squat; 491
gallery. Initiated by Gregory Gurner, the building
is home to workshop and studio space for resident
artists, and has been so established for nine years.
The building has undergone substantial renovation
over the years to make it a working space and environment.
Have you ever aspired to help out
in the creative arts? and are interested to create
a space for the arts in your community and benefit
art and arts education? Do you have good management
skills? and are concerned for the state of regeneration
in your town and city? are you ambitious, energetic
and prepared to work hard for little financial reward
and satisfaction of achievement?
TAO now has a ten-year portfolio that
has seen us visit several boroughs in London, Canterbury
and Kent, Brighton, Liverpool, Nottingham and Leicester,
and occupy former shop units, houses, warehouses,
churches, cinemas, hotels, nightclubs and public houses.
Thousands of people have visited and benefitted from
the work we have done, and the work we continue to