23rd September 2014
Rowan is an arts charity that produces high quality works of art made collaboratively with learning-disabled adults in Cambridge. We take commissions for wood work including signage and furniture, ceramics and other sculptural work and sell small scale work for homes and offices. We have four studios where adults with learning-disabilities can attend in the daytime on a weekly basis and create art work in wood, ceramics, 2D or 3D work. Students can work on their own creative projects or produce work for sale.
Rowan was established in Cambridge as an arts and learning-disability charity 30 years ago and has been fulfilling commissions and selling art work ever since. Commissions include wood work such as signage, letter boxes and period furniture at National Trust property Anglesey Abbey, finger labyrinths for the NHS, samples for varnish company WoodDoc and sculptural pieces for example the 'Tree of life' at Hildersham Church and contemporary furniture. Ceramic commissions include pieces for Anglesey Abbey's Winter Lights and The Spinney School and mixed media sculptures have been created for companies such as Donarbon. Rowan also sells small scale art work for decorating homes and offices.
Rowan seeks to raise the abilities, confidence, self-esteem and well-being of learning-disabled people and to foster their participation as active and equal citizens, both economically and socially - providing the vital ingredients for greater independence.
Using the medium of Art, Rowan provides a safe, creative and unique environment where learning-disabled adults, under the direction of artists and craftspeople, can thrive and grow artistically as well as in their abilities, confidence and self-esteem. We endeavour to provide a purpose; making life interesting, fulfilling and enjoyable.