Our History

Welcome to the history of the M.S.A.P.

Art in all its forms is powerful and of incredible importance for all aspects of our lives. It is therefore paramount that everyone has access to high quality art experiences as ‘every child has but one opportunity for a great education’. After various pilot projects at Larkrise School, the idea of creating installations was taken to UWE Art in Health MA module.

 It was marked as excellent. It was then shown and shared with anyone who would listen, including Mencap, P.M.L.D network, Bob Hughes- Play Education, Dr Will Harris GP, Teachers from mainstream and special schools, Sarah Shinar, Louise Rose, artists Stephanie Tanner and Jennie Gilling. And not forgetting all the children who came to ‘Experience, Explore and Imagine’ in the installations.

 Their validation of the project had a profound and inspiring effect in terms of fundraising. The project was running successfully at Larkrise but we wanted it to be rooted in the Arts and approached The New Art Centre, Roche Court, an Art Gallery with international repute, to support our alternative gallery.

 Our partnership is innovative, unique and mutually beneficial. Roche Court Educational Trust (RCET) offer support and a link to the contemporary art world. People who would never have access to a gallery are now exposed to art and artists in ways appropriate to them.

 The link between Teachers, Artists and Art Educators is established and truly unique. The model that has developed is so successful that we have now shared it with Exeter House School, The Mead, adults at Ashton Street (now called The Medley), Paxcroft Mead school and Mencap South Wilts.