Visual Arts

Visual arts for adults with disabilities in a supportive environment.

Using Creativity

Using creativity to help develop personal & social skills.

Producing Satisfying Artwork

Producing satisfying artwork whilst boosting confidence & self-esteem.

Fun Sessions

Fun sessions in Guildford every weekday during school term.

Artventure Trust

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Creative Care in Surrey Since 1984

Artventure is a Guildford-based charity that supports adults with learning disabilities, physical impairments, or autism to be creative, have fun, and make new friends in a safe and sociable environment.


Artventure Trust Opens New Branch at Gosden House School

We will offer our creative and fun visual art sessions for adults with learning disabilities and additional needs in our new studio at Gosden House School on Mondays from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm during school term time, starting on 15 April 2024. 

To book a trial session please contact Mariann at 

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Our Aims

Working in small groups, and giving one-to-one attention where necessary, our activities are designed to improve self-expression, develop potential and encourage a greater awareness of self-worth coupled with a real sense of achievement.

More About Our Aims

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Our Work

A team of experienced and caring artworkers and volunteers, often practising artists themselves, help participants develop creative and social skills. All areas of the visual arts are explored including painting, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media and photography. The positive, fun and supportive atmosphere encourages self-confidence and independence.

More About Our Work

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When and Where

We have two dedicated studios in the Guildford area; in the grounds of St Peter’s School in Merrow and in Gosden House School in Bramley, with sessions taking place during the school term time. We also organise excursions, events and exhibitions for our participants. Exhibiting work in public venues increases people’s sense of personal pride.

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Support Us

Your help is vital for us to keep going. Please show that you care about what we do and choose the most convenient way for you to support us.

Make A Donation

Even the smallest donations can make all the difference. You can send your donation directly by contacting us or through our Just Giving account by clicking the button below. Please help in any way you can. Thank you.

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Our Wish List

In our Wish List you will find materials and equipment we would like to have to be able to offer an even higher level service to our participants. We will take care of the ordering process and we will be in touch when the wish list item you bought for us arrives in the Studio.

See Our Wish List

Community Lottery

You can now support us through the Guildford Lottery. If you wish to try your luck, please buy a ticket and then we receive 50% of what you spend on the ticket as a donation. It is great help for us if you set up a Direct Debit. Thank you and we wish you the best of luck!

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Join Us

Artventure is about people. One of our participants once said that the best thing about Artventure was that it was like a big family, and once you became member of the Artventure family you would be part of it forever. What keeps us together is the genuine care towards our participants and their families.

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As a Participant

Our participants contact us directly or they come through referral or via the relevant local caring agencies or social services. Anybody who is over 18 years old and lives with learning disabilities, autism or physical impairments is welcome to join us for a free trial session to see what we have to offer. Most of our clients attend once or twice a week. For participants with a shorter attention span we offer shorter sessions at a discounted price.

As a Volunteer

Volunteers are always most welcome at The Artventure Trust, regardless of age or experience. A few hours of your time can make a real difference. Having enough volunteers every day enables us to provide valuable one on one attention to our clients. We have volunteers from all walks of life, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you think you are interested in getting involved.

Artventure News

The River Wey Project

The River Wey Project

The Meath Epilepsy Charity & Artventure Trust proudly present   The River Wey Project   A joint River Wey inspired project which floats upstream, with exhibitions between January and May 2024 at Cranleigh Arts Centre, The Electric Theatre, Guildford, The...

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Artventure Opens a New Branch at Gosden House School

Artventure Opens a New Branch at Gosden House School

We will offer our creative and fun visual art sessions for adults with learning disabilities and additional needs in our new studio at Gosden House School on Mondays from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm during school term time, starting on 15 April 2024. In a small group of...

read more

Contact Us

Our main studio is located within the beautiful grounds of St Peter’s School in Merrow, Guildford (GU1 2TN), and is open every weekday during school term time from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

St Peter’s School is just off the A25 Epsom Road, approximately one mile east of Guildford city centre. The stops of bus 36 and 37 are five minutes walk from our Studio.

Our studio in Gosden House School in Bramley (GU5 0AH) is open Mondays from 9.30 am to 2.30pm during school term time.

Gosden House School is located right at the border of Shalford and Bramley on the Horsham Road.

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Please sign up here to join our Mailing List. If you do we will send you our newsletters and invitations to our exhibitions. You can expect three or four e-mails per year from us and you can always decide to opt out. We will never give your e-mail address to a third party. Thank you.