Our Ethos

We believe that:

  • the expression of our creativity is a basic human need and right, essential to the health and well being of individuals and communities
  • community arts is a process whereby people come together in community to explore their creativity, learn skills and produce original work which springs from a dialogue between participants and professional arts practitioners
  • there are many learning styles and the arts offer an accessible learning path to people of all ages and abilities
  • that enjoyment is essential to successful learning

We aim to:

  • offer community and participatory arts as a pathway for individual and community development
  • provide creative learning environments for people of all ages and abilities
  • contribute to the economic and social regeneration of the Forest of Dean in general and Cinderford in particular.

We do this by:

  • maintaining and programming the New Mercury which offers welcoming workshop spaces open to the adults during the day time and children and young people during evenings and school holidays
  • devising and delivering participatory arts projects and programmes both in the New Mercury and in other community venues through which we actively seek to engage people in exploring their own creativity
  • supporting individual learning and progression, providing accredited training and offering new career pathways for young people
  • providing a resource for artists including work opportunities and exhibition facilities
  • helping to bring visitors and visitor spend into the Forest in general and Cinderford in particular


Please contact Artspace for further details of Youth Education Courses.


Please contact Artspace for further details of Adult Education Courses.


Please contact Artspace for further details of Outreach Courses.