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Action Space presents The Workshops of Everything

  • Date: 26 August 2011
  • Area: London
Mary Ogunleye

Mary Ogunleye hanging her threaded sculptures at the Action Space 'Part of it 2' event at the Southside Shopping centre, Wandsworth, May 2011. Credit: Charlotte Hollinshead

Action Space has teamed up with The Museum of Everything as part of its latest show, Exhibition #4, which will show the talents of 50 self-taught disabled artists in one of the UK's iconic department stores.

On 2 September 2011, Exhibition #4 opens at Selfridges in London, where artists' work will be displayed across the store's windows on Oxford Street and in the Ultralounge, where hundreds of thousands of people will be able to discover new artists and their work.

As London's largest provider of visual arts projects for learning disabled people, Action Space will deliver The Workshops of Everything alongside the exhibition. These events will be open to all learning disabled artists that are interested in creating their own art work in a supportive atmosphere. Cass Arts is supporting the workshops and will be providing materials and art supplies for participants.

Angus Anderson, Chair of Action Space said:

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with The Museum of Everything on this very exciting project. It will show the world how exceptionally talented learning disabled people can be. It also provides us with a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate how the magic space that is 'Action Space' enables learning disabled artists to play their part in the ongoing development of visual arts in Britain today.'

Action Space is an Arts Council Regularly funded organisation and is supported for its important role of giving learning disabled adults and young people access to studio facilities, quality art materials and equipment, and guidance and support from professional artist facilitators. This allows individuals to pursue their own ideas, interests and creative development in a supportive environment.

The organisation has studios at Cockpit Arts in Holborn and at Studio Voltaire in Clapham, and runs programmes with partner organisations across the capital, as well as helping artists to promote and sell their work.

Action Space artist, Mary Ogunleye will be one of the artists featured in the Selfridges show. Mary has been working at the Action Space studio at Studio Voltaire in Clapham for two and a half years, and has developed a style of 'threaded sculptures' combining foam and fabric, condensing the materials to create exceptionally playful and repetitive works of art. Her untitled installation will be on display until 25 October.


For more information about Action Space and its work you can visit its website.

The Museum of Everything's Exhibition #4 runs from 2 September 2011 until 25 October 2011 at Selfridges on Oxford Street. For more information visit The Museum of Everything website.

The Workshops of Everything will be happening every Monday from 5 September - 24 October. These events are not intended for professional artists, and places will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. You can sign up for them here or by emailing