Ibrahim is a wonderful painter. Since joining the Saturday group he has explored the use of colour in his works. In his early paintings he often used premixed colours but as his work developed this tonal range began to expand. His paintings became varied and vibrant. Ibrahim's colour choice comes from a natural aesthetic and sometimes an association from home, such as the Ghanian flag.
Michael’s work is full of energy and humour with an underlying sentiment. He loves to respond artistically to current affairs through collage, paint and sculpture. He also enjoys working in collaboration with others to create responsive pieces in which he can bounce ideas around. Michael is also an imaginative painter. He often works on a large scale and uses a range of tools to create deeply layered pieces that are full of colour and intrigue.
George is a storyteller and a performer. Alongside these talents he has developed a distinctive style of illustration. His stories are inspired by personal events and news headlines which he fills his sketchbook with comic dialogues that often lead to dramatic and tragic ends. George has also developed many of his stories into animations and short films. The characters have been made into larger than life models out of found materials and appeared at a number of exhibitions.
Wayne has a intricate knowledge of London and the beauty it has to offer. Wayne’s love of London has grown from his interest in the buses, tubes and trains that brought him to all the parks and views of the city. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the London transport system and incorporates this in his artwork through maps and journeys. At the moment he had been working on a series of his favourite views in the city. This has now began to expand beyond the city as Wayne begins new journeys to explore the country.
Kieron was born to be on the stage. When he began with the Saturday group he started to recreate some of his favourite musicals in his sketchbook and with miniature figures. As his confidence has grown these have developed in scale and ambition. He often takes over the whole studio and involves the other artists to bring his visions to life. He not only directs these events but also takes a leading role in performing in front of the stage he has set. His latest creation for Jack and the Beanstalk spans from floor to ceiling with many sculptural additions.
Charlotte has a love of fashion and drama. She likes to combine these two themes in her artwork which is often intertwined with intriguing stories. She enjoys the quality of thick paint and the impact this gives her paintings. There is often intense blue paint to represent the swirling sea or dripping red to act as blood. The themes of her stories come from a deep knowledge of musicals and horror films. These two extremes make an interesting marriage.
Take a virtual tour around the Action Space studio. Click on the arrows either side of your view to determine the direction you take. Speech bubbles will pop up in the areas to click for additional audio from the artists. There are also a few hidden messages for you to find have a play and click around!
The Studio Tour will not work on mobile phones.
ActionSpace’s young people’s projects provide regular opportunities for young people with learning disabilities to explore their creativity and discover new skills. They also give them the chance to meet like-minded young people and to create strong support networks, which is particularly important during the transition from school to adult life. The visual arts can provide a lifeline for these young people by helping them to develop a method of self-expression, which can reduce their frustration and anger. Exhibiting artwork in local venues provides them with a way of participating in their community and gives them valuable positive acknowledgement.