THE ART ORGANISATION objectives show concern for the regeneration of disused property and the introduction of arts for the benefit of the community, and the support of the arts and education in art.

The Art Organisation Ltd was registered with non-profit status at Companies House of England and Wales as a
Private Limited Company by Guarantee from March 2001 until March 2011. With completed projects now standing independently as their own Community Interest Company, TAO Limited provied itself unncessary for the immediate future, ideas and plans.

The Art Organisation 2011 now stands as a working template for the future.



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The Art Organisation 2001 - 2011

A working template for the future!

Access to affordable space for the benefit of the creative industries, arts and artists, from which artists can develop their artwork, teach their skills, run workshops, exhibitions, events for the benefit of the community.
Support for the benefit of education in the arts.
Creating space for community groups and individuals to take part in the arts and participate in classes, workshops, group sessions, therapy, events and expressions.
Opportunities for the benefit of the Community.
Volunteers and interested parties in the Community get to take part in each of the projects, benefiting from the work experience, training and skill-share, leading to the potential of employment, and inspiring creativity. The wider community attend events, classes and workshops, and exhibitions, and learn from each arts related 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. We promote recycling and explore alternate methods in our work.
Property solutions for the benefit of derelict buildings and disused spaces.
The current economic state is a worry to landlords who have ownership of properties beyond a state of good repair, unwanted, and a drain on business finances - costing more to remain derelict than their worth.
Promotion through network of artists and artistry.
TAO promotes each project through its website, and provides independent web hosting for each project, ensuring promotion on an international scale. TAO also develops communication between projects allowing for national development of art and artists involved.

In doing this, The Art Organisation supports:
Regeneration – Identifying buildings that are an unnecessary eyesore in the community for their potential will set about a change in neighbourhood decline and provide hope from despair in the recovery.
Social Impact – each project has an impact on society, creating affordable and variable space from dereliction, involving the community, and understanding the needs in the community.
Environmental – TAO take on widespread environmental issues concerning dealing with dereliction, and consider alternate methods of working practises and uses of alternate technology and energy sources.
Recycling and Waste – wherever possible it is important to use recycled materials, wood, brick, paint, furniture, equipment etc., to cut down on excess that goes to landfill. TAO work locally with business to make use of waste products, and offer recycle opportunities.
Community – there are many people in the community that benefit from creating space for community artistic uses and each project hopes to outreach to all interested parties and outline how they can be included.
Volunteer Opportunities – the creation of space involves the participation of volunteers eager to support each project and are core to each success. Volunteering falls into the many categories of each project from administration, management, construction, public services, education and learning. There are many opportunities for skill-share.
Mentoring / Training – working with volunteers it is important to provide a level of understanding of the individual, their needs, their circumstances, seeking positive interaction and encouragement. TAO works to ensure health and safety standards are met and sustained.
Employment/Self-employment – success of each project, on a financial level, leads to the opportunity of employment within the management structure, and the prospect of earning individually through utilising space and considering education in the arts.
Financial Sustainment – TAO supports to a level of profitability, developing methods of financial support and exploring techniques in fund-raising from mostly within.
Independence – TAO wants independence for each community project to ensure the needs of the community are met. TAO supports the management structure to reach independence for the benefit of the community.
Education – alongside the learning aspect of volunteer work, the creation of space allow community members to teach their skills to the wider population. Providing equipment and facilities is an important part of each project, ensuring the tools and equipment are available to teach as well as the spaces provided.
Creating Space – leads to artistic growth – providing space for artists to work and develop and promote individually, yet with the support of the artists community within each project and across projects. A platform is provided for live music, theatre, performance, exhibition, installation, teaching, events and community practice.
Tourism – the spaces provide an artistic interest, a point of education in the arts and therefore fit into tourist interests.
Art – TAO encourages the diversity of the arts and creativity, and how it utilises alternate spaces.

Drowned in Sound

"The sold out one-day festival takes place not in one of Nottingham’s conventional venues, but in the Art Organisation – a recently regenerated, previously derelict building that ‘offers opportunities for the introduction of the arts to the community’. With a local art exhibition and ‘zine collection on display, as well as a multitude of exotic teas for sale, you would struggle to find a more appropriate setting for such an independent label." by Joshua Cole

"One thing nobody can dispute is that their choice of pre-show entertainment is at least fitting bearing in mind the surroundings hosting tonight's event; formerly a hardware store for tradesmen and DIY enthusiasts collectively, the latest addition to the national project of self-funded art organisations seems almost too perfect, right down to the crystalline sound, that one can only wonder why no one came up with the idea of using it as a live music venue beforehand." by Dom Gourlay,

Left Lion

"So whether you are looking for a new studio space in a convenient city centre location, an opportunity to try and sell your handmade goods at minimal cost, an avid member of Nottingham's art audience looking for exhibitions and information about what's on locally, a keen shopper hoping to find a unique gift, or simply a business looking for somewhere to recycle those cardboard boxes and scrap paper, The Arts Organisation has something to offer." by Bianca Winter

Nottingham City Council

"The Art Organisation is a passionate company offering exhibition, venue, workshops, classes, events studios and many more to the general public throughout Nottingham. Enabling clients to be involved in the community arts sector going forward, the company provides the general public with a range of activities within the arts field."

Nottingham Visual Arts

With an ethos that supports local communities and environmental issues, the Art Organisation is responsible for regenerating several disused properties all over the UK.