Who are we?

Open Art Box CIC is a not-for-profit arts organisation set up in 2019 delivering a wide range of visual art projects to people living with early-stage dementia and their carers in Hertfordshire.

Our founding directors, Christina Armstrong and Anji Archer are visual artists living in North Herts and Stevenage, who work alongside many talented freelance artists and dedicated volunteers to deliver a fantastic range of exciting art projects in their local community.   

Both directors are trained artists (Masters) and Digswell Arts Trust alumni, with over 20 years experience of running and faciliatating community arts projects.

Freelance artists are a range of local, national and international artists, often linked to other local organisations and groups including, Digswell Arts Trust; Hitchin Creatives and Herts Visual Arts.

Our Vision

Open Art Box CIC run a programme of visual art projects for people living with early-stage dementia and their carers in Hertfordshire. Our vision is to create accessible, high quality art projects delivered by professional artists that offer unique and meaningful experiences designed to connect, empower and enhance the wellbeing and quality of life for those living with dementia and their carers. 

We believe passionately in the many benefits participation in the arts offers to those living with dementia and their families and strive to provide well paid opportunities for artists, supporting them to gain experience and knowledge in this field.


We believe collaboration and partnership working is vital in making our projects the best they can be and we work with artists, museums, local groups and organisations.

Our Big Five Impacts

Our Funders and Partnerships