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Rosetta Arts

National Network: 
United Kingdom
1 Hamilton Road
E15 3AE
United Kingdom
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Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
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General Information: 

Rosetta Arts uses visual arts to unlock creative potential in disenfranchised and disadvantaged communities through access to opportuntiies in learning, enterprise and employment, thus giving them the confidence and tools to influence their futures.

Rosetta Arts has been selected by Arts Council England to part of their National Portfolio of Organisations that they invest in over the long term.

Rosetta Arts has also recently been awarded Charitable status, becoming formally recognised by the Charity Commission as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

Mission and Objectives: 

Rosetta Arts employs 15 staff as artist-tutors, facilitators, management and admin staff.

Our annual turnover is approximately £1.3m.

Our funding is rouoghly 30% earned income, 30% from Arts Council England and 30% from Local Authority and trusts and foundations.

Our activities include accredited training programmes, non accredited arts workshops, special projects (eg public art installations, big open public events in parks etc), working with communities, working with schools, working with home-educated young people, working with refugees and asylum seekers, working with community faith organisations, and running Mindfulness workshops to both communities and to corporates.

Our participants range from disadvantaged individuals, local people and corporate employees.

Our principal partners are Newham Council and Arts Council England for our arts work.  HSBC and Aspers(Casinos) Group are main partners/customers for our corporate "earbed income" work  which is a key part of our business model.

Main Projects / Activities: 

8 Accredited art courses (including photography, ceramics etc)

7 non accredited art courses (e.g. Islamic art, Sculpting with Clay)

Professional Development Programme for 12 Artists

"Working in the Community" training for 8 artists

Mindful Art programme for international partner, Museum of World Cultures, Sweden. (EU funded)

4 Artist Residencies

3 Exhibition workshops

8 Exhibition visits

8 Exhibitions in Rosetta's Humble Gallery

4 Mindful Art programmes for corporates

Young Makers' Creative Enterprise programme for 16 aspirant artists aged 14-19

Developing a digital infrastructure for Rosetta 

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

We have been working for a year with the Museum of World Cultures in Sweden, doing an exchange of skills with them, and providing work with refugees and asylum makers in both countries.  In Newham, East London, we are part of a wonderfully mixed immigrant community including a wide range of nationalities made up of indigenous, refugee, and asylum seeking groups.  

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

The suggestion to join came from our colleagues in Sweden.  We have learnt such a lot since working with them and have enjoyed sharing our knowledge and skills for the benefit of the communities we serve, that we anticipate that the Network will provide similar opportunities to share and learn .  We have been in existence for 25 years this year, and believe there is real benefit in being part of a much network, both for us and for the people we serve.