Connecting people through visual art

Open Art Box CIC, in partnership with Stevenage Museum and North Herts Museum will be delivering ARTefact activity boxes to the doorsteps of participants with dementia and their carers in the Stevenage and North Herts districts from October 20 - March 21.

Each week Open Art Box artists will work with 20 participants, delivering weekly projects inspired by objects from the museum's collections. The activities will encourage participants to explore the items through their own personal, creative responses and invite them to reflect on how these objects might link to their own stories.    

ARTefact boxes will be delivered weekly to participants’ doors and will contain a photograph and information about an artefact from the museum’s collection. Alongside this object there will be instructions and art materials supplied for an activity, specially design by Open Art Box artists. The artists will be working with each participant remotely, either over the phone or online throughout the project. 

'Doorstep Discoveries' was made possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. 

Discovering art at home with our Home Workshop Boxes

Since April 2020 Open Art Box CIC have been delivering Art Workshops direct to peoples homes thanks to initial funding provided by Hertfordshire Community Fund as well as independent donors and HCC locality budget funding. 

We have lived up to our name and have been providing weekly art boxes, complete with all the materials needed to carry out one activity each week for the last 21 weeks. These boxes have given participants, both those living with dementia and their caregiver, the opportunity to try out all sorts of new and varied art techniques, as well as discover new and old artists, in the comfort and safety of their homes.

We have been determined not to let Covid stop creativity and are so excited to see just how much people have been able to achieve at home! The growing confidence and amazing work from all our participants has been such a joy to see. 

We are delighted to be able to continue this home workshop service over the winter, offering it to new participants, thanks to a grant provided by The National Lottery Community Fund. 

If you are based in Hertfordshire and feel you would benefit from our Home Workshop Packs please get in touch on 07872333437 or email

Art in the garden

We are extremely proud to be delivering outdoor art workshops at The Red Shed Project this summer/autumn 2020, as part of their 'Let's Get Going' initiative, funded by Hertfordshire Community Foundation and Herts County Council. We are delivering a range art workshops, all centred around the amazing  garden at The Red Shed. Activities include: clay tiles, stained glass designs, mosaics and much more. All suitable for people living with early-stage dementia and their caregivers. 

In the beautifully relazing garden setting, they are a wonderful chance to explore your creativity and socialise safely after what has been a long time away from group sessions. 

To book please contact Su Harvey on: 07788 725110 or email:

Art in Museums

Open Art Box CIC facilitates visual art workshops for people living with dementia and their carers within local museums. Sessions are led Anji Archer and Christina Armstrong, two visual artists who deliver creative and engaging art activities, within these cultural venues based at the heart the community. 

Art is a powerful tool to help enhance wellbeing and promote social inclusion. It can help to build confidence, empower and connect people, contributing to more resilient communities. Through highlighting and enabling the creative voices of those affected by dementia, we strive to challenge the misconceptions surrounding a dementia diagnosis, building public awareness of the important contribution those with dementia can still make to our society. 

Museums and galleries provide an important space for people to come together to learn, contribute and connect.   

In our art courses we work with groups of 12 people, both those with dementia and their carers, over eight weekly sessions. Each course is planned around a particular theme and over the eight sessions we look at different artists' work and explore the personal making process in response. There is a strong emphasis on group interaction and collaboration.

For more information about upcoming courses please contact us 

    Conversations in Drawing 

    A course of eight drawing workshops held at Stevenage Museum in 2019 

    'Conversations in Drawing' was an Arts Council England funded project that took place in September and October 2020 and was followed by a public exhibition of the work at the museum. 

    Open Art Box CIC is a Community Interest Company, reg 12359160.

    It is a not-for-profit organisation set up to benefit those in the community living with dementia and their carers, through engaging visual arts activities.

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