arts courses for adults with learning disabilities

Booking is now open for Suffolk Artlink’s new year-long art courses for adults with learning disabilities, taking place in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Lowestoft.

Supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, Brave Art is an exciting new programme of year-long art courses, during which students will learn new creative, life and leadership skills.

art courses for adults with learning disabilities

Hayley Field, Suffolk Artlink Co-Director, explains: “We are really excited to be launching our new creative courses for adults with learning disabilities in Suffolk. This term, our students will have the chance to explore art forms including dance, drama, printmaking, painting and drawing and word art.”

“As well as developing our students’ artistic skills, taking part in Brave Art will increase overall wellbeing by supporting students to develop life and leadership skills, learn to advocate for themselves and create new friendships and community connections.”

Zena, a student on a previous Suffolk Artlink course, said: “I really love coming here – meeting my friends, making art and seeing you all.”

Students will be supported by professional artists and a learning support team to develop their own portfolio of work through exploring art forms including painting, illustration, film-making, theatre, dance and fashion.

Each term students will explore different  themes, creating their own artwork and keeping a personal journal of their learning. At the end of each year, students will work together to plan a public event to celebrate the work they have made.

The course takes place in the following locations:

Bury St Edmunds

  • When? Tuesdays 10am-3.30pm

  • Where? The Bury Deaf Association, 28 Northgate Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1HY

  • Autumn Term: 10th September – 3rd December

  • Spring Term: 7th January – 31st March

  • Summer Term: 21st April – 21st July


  • When? Wednesdays 10am-3.30pm

  • Where? Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Road, Ipswich IP1 6DG

  • Autumn Term: 11th September – 4th December

  • Spring Term: 8th January – 1st April

  • Summer Term: 22nd April – 22nd July


  • When? Thursdays 10am-3.30pm

  • Where? North Lowestoft Salvation Army, Beach Road, Lowestoft, NR32 1DS

  • Autumn Term 12th September – 5th December

  • Spring Term 9th January – 2nd April

  • Summer Term 23rd April – 23rd July

Students can join the course at the beginning of any term. Taking part in Brave Art costs £180 per term when paid in advance.

Suffolk Artlink will also be offering taster sessions and open days at the beginning of each term to allow people to try out the course to see if they like it.

All new students applying for the course will have the opportunity to discuss their individual support needs, interests and ambitions with course leaders.

For more information please contact Charlie or Fran: [email protected] / [email protected], 01986 873955 or visit

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