how it works through its charitable activities and trading company, creates a symbiotic relationship between artist, art school and commercial organisation. The charity provides grants and education and is working to develop capacity for economically disadvantaged artists, which will increase social mobility. The trading company works with the artists to explore opportunities to develop their careers. manages this three-way relationship to result in tangible outcomes and life-changing legacies.

For art graduates

The launch of comes at a time where funding cuts and a lack of creative opportunities mean artists are finding it increasingly difficult to sustain and evolve their practice upon graduation. By participating in, commercial and other organisations select final year artists of promise from one or more partner art schools. Selected art graduates will be:

  • invited to show work in the organisation for one year
  • awarded a financial grant to display their work
  • offered a programme of professional development workshops, creative entrepreneurship opportunities and individual pro bono support during the year that their work is on display at the corporate’s offices
  • offered the potential opportunity to participate in a commission-free auction at the end of the year
  • exposed to new audiences and gain an understanding of the corporate sector thereby experiencing new potential markets.

For art schools

Art schools are under pressure to attract the best talent and to provide real value and opportunity from their courses.  By participating in the programme, art schools will:

  • receive increased exposure as part of an innovative, national scheme
  • develop industry links and more extensive supporter networks
  • increase and showcase tangible professional development commitments.

For businesses and corporate organisations provides commercial organisations with a dynamic, changing art collection, without the responsibility of ownership of a permanent collection, and a sustainable CSR programme which engages staff and clients. provides the structure, support and logistics to enable commercial organisations to display, support and engage. - Venn-diagram

toolkit will offer participating businesses a toolkit consisting of:

  • support partnering with local art schools
  • support in artwork selection and curation
  • exhibition install advice and contacts
  • supporting diverse, emerging artists through charitable grants
  • access to an educational programme and professional mentoring workshops for supported artists
  • implementation of an innovative & sustainable corporate social responsibility (CSR) project
  • advising on staff and client engagement
  • budget management and PR.

The flexibility of the model means that it can be adapted according to the needs and resources of the organisation, so that each can run their own custom-built contemporary art programme. The umbrella structure of allows participants to benefit from shared costs, making this a very cost effective option.

This scheme gives the staff of the organisation a unique opportunity to engage with the visual arts and play a role in supporting the professional development of emerging artists. This represents CSR at its very best.

opportunities for new curators will also run an internship programme for graduating curators to give vital project experience to this under resourced sector.  Having a curator as part of the programme will ensure that the participating business display artwork to gallery standards. Each curator will be supported by industry experts.  As part of the experience, the curator will practice a number of key skills including; placement of selected art works, project management and coordination, communication skills, budget management, organising and giving art tours, event planning and public relations.

Once There Was A Time No 1, Alison Griffin