As a global company, we believe in the importance of making a positive impact to create a smarter planet. Workshare is therefore embarking upon a number of corporate social responsibility initiatives to transform communities and solve social challenges.
Project Art Works
Project Art Works (PAW) is the UK’s leading artist-led organization working with people who have profound intellectual impairment and complex needs, including autism. The people who shape the organization share a common purpose: to find out what someone is capable of. Exploring possibilities of art through collaboration, fostering choice, personal preference, intuition and non-verbal interaction. This is infinitely interesting territory and propels those involved to shape new approaches to making art.
Passionately believing in their ethos, Workshare is partnering with PAW to support the provision of such opportunities as 1:1 creative workshops, group workshops, professional development, support for families, advocacy and advice. Temporary exhibitions celebrate the abilities of participants and allow public audiences to appreciate their achievements. Loans of participant’s artwork to businesses provides a source of revenue and brings people who have complex needs into the public domain in a positive way.
Through collaborations with arts organizations, such as MK Gallery (Milton Keynes), Fabrica (Brighton), FACT (Liverpool) and the De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill on Sea), PAW has addressed the lack of involvement for people with complex needs in mainstream cultural activities. Their exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion, In the Realm of Others, in 2015-16 was opened by Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England and attracted 28,000 visitors. Find out more about this event here.
The quality and effectiveness of PAW’s work has been acknowledged by Arts Council England, regional Social Care commissioners and central government.
“Project Art Works is one of the most inspiring organizations I have come across: ethically driven, intellectually rigorous, sensitive, dynamic, inventive and enterprising, the list could go on. They navigate the tricky terrain between art and social care with admirable skill, working uncompromisingly with both the visual arts and people with profound intellectual disability, to open up new and exciting possibilities in both areas.”
Anthony Spira, Director, MK Gallery
One in nine people in the world do not have access to clean water and basic sanitation. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that over 3.6% of the World’s disease burden could be alleviated simply by improving sanitation, hygiene and access to our basic human need: water.
As part of our corporate social responsibility initiative, Workshare has decided to collaborate with charity: water to deliver clean drinking water to developing nations.
Workshare are looking to interview teams of people who share files and information together to produce a document. Workshare will donate $200 for each person, who participates in a one-on-one observation and interview session.
charity: water ensure that 100% of all donations will go to funding a well in a developing nation. This well can provide 250 people with clean water and save 6000 hours in water collection every week.
Find out more about charity: water and our research project