Our large creative space in our cafe hosts regular craft sessions for our differently-able members. Each week our members create gorgeous mosaics, screen printing & crafts.
Being creative is incredibly important for our mental health & is a great way to learn new skills, grow in confidence & increase social interaction.
Each week we run Artizan Organics workshops, where our differently-able members make beautiful natural candles, hand cream, lip balms & soaps.
These sessions are held in our dedicated workshop space above our shop.
All of our stunning Organics products are available in the Artizan Shop, 39 Oxford Street, Harrogate.
All profits made from the sales of Artizan Organics products support the Artizan Organics project to grow & develop further.
One of the many opportunities we provide for our members is reaching out to our communities & raising awareness of those living with disabilities.
Our school mosaic project has successfully educated thousands of children & teaching staff all over Yorkshire about disabilities, valuing those around us who may be different, as well as creating some stunning mosaics, of course. We want people with disabilities to feel heard and appreciated, and we know that the valuable messages we pass on have a lasting effect on those involved.
Our brilliant differently-able members have produced a variety of stunning mosaics which are now in public spaces.
Read the article below to learn more about one such project.
The Harrogate Letters
Colourful ‘Harrogate letters’ brightening up town centre street, demonstrating the brilliant skills & talents of differently-able people in our community
Nine colourful letters, spelling out the word 'Harrogate', are now brightening up a drab town centre street.
The mosaics have been funded by Harrogate BID (Business Improvement District) & created by differently-abled artists at town centre charity, Artizan International, & are now adorning the side wall of the Boots building, on Cambridge Place.
Before the project started, The BID asked businesses & residents what they felt best symbolised the town. The responses, which included Bettys, cycling, Yorkshire Tea and The Stray, were then given to Douglas Thompson, local mosaic artist & freelance creative at Artizan, who came up with the individual designs.
Susie Hart MBE, Artizan International Founder said: “I would like to thank Douglas for doing such a fantastic job of designing the mosaics & working alongside our participants to make them. He put a huge amount of time, effort & inspiration into this project & our folk have absolutely loved working with him. We'd also like to thank the Harrogate BID for giving us the opportunity to create something truly special for the town centre. Our members & volunteers spent many hours creating each of the nine letters. They have taken great pride in their work, & thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.”
Harrogate BID Chair Sara Ferguson said: “I’d like to thank the team at Artizan International for the work they have done in creating these stunning letters. “Now in place, the mosaics look absolutely fantastic, & they have given the much-used passage between Cambridge Street & Oxford Street a real lift. “This has been a fantastic partnership, the result of which is now bringing some much-needed colour to Cambridge Place at the same time as enhancing the area. And each time they journey along Cambridge Place, they will have the satisfaction of knowing they have made these letters which are now adding a positive contribution to the town centre.”