Seymour Art Collective is an evolving group of artists, writers and creatives who are either homeless or who have a history homelessness. The collective formed in the basement of the West London Day Centre late in 2009 at a weekly art course run by City of Westminster College.
Over the years, the collective have been nurtured and supported to grow. With a space and platform for them to collaborate together, the collective have co-produced a variety of exhibitions and events with leading art organisations.
The aims of the collective are:
- To empower members through encouraging their direct involvement in all aspects of running and producing it’s rolling programme of exhibitions and events
- To promote autonomy, independence and progression for its members who work collaboratively with other artists, curators, gallerists and art world professionals
- To increase access to and engagement with high quality arts programmes across London
The collective hold regular meetings to discuss how projects should progress, how to generate income, how to best spend funding and how to increase autonomy from current support structures. New members are gained through the weekly open art course which is aimed to benefit a range of homeless people.
Due to changes in the way the Government fund Adult Education, the City of Westminster College is no longer able to support Seymour Art Collective. The West London Day Centre will be running the studio sessions until December 2013, giving us valuable time to find alternative funding.