The Escape Story & Vision
Inclusive arts & heritage within the heart of the community
Our core belief is that enriching people’s lives strengthens our communities. Our work aims to address isolation and inspire strong, vibrant and happy communities, improving the quality of life for all involved.
First established in 1997 and becoming a charity in 2003, Escape offers regular professional workshops, in a relaxed and friendly environment, enabling adults and young people to become involved in creative and community heritage projects. Our programmes offer tailor made creative activities which challenge individual expectations, allowing each person to grow and find their creative voice, helping to promote health & wellbeing and community cohesion.
Hands on activities for everyone
Escape works with a team of professional artists and heritage professionals who provide an innovative and varied programme of hands on activities designed to be accessible to everyone. These allow individuals to explore their own creative journey as well as getting involved in exciting collaborative projects, which contribute to local festivals and community events.
Escape aims to diversify and develop its impact on communities across Warwickshire each year. We currently have bases in Stratford-upon-Avon and Nuneaton with a range of activities for young people and adults in both communities, alongside outreach projects across Warwickshire.
The home of Escape is the unique Grade ll listed Old Slaughterhouse in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon. This fascinating building was rescued from dereliction by the charity in 2014 with support from Stratford Town Trust and now is the home of Escape Arts. It has become the focus to explore local histories and bring communities together through creative, social and heritage based activities, programmes, exhibitions and events.
Escape also has a multi-media Arts & Heritage bus to take our activities out to dispersed communities and to extend its reach all over Warwickshire and beyond.
Escape supports sustainability, working with local talent and using recycled materials throughout our organisation.
We are grateful for contributions of any of the following items:
Unwanted or surplus tools, wire cutters, pliers, screwdrivers, bradawls, hack saws, Stanley or craft knives, scissors, hair driers, irons and rulers. Buttons, beads, old invaluable jewellery, wire, flex, garden wire, coloured wire, chicken wire, string, cable ties, raffia, ribbon, elastic, sweet papers, ping pong balls, embroidery threads, cotton reels and sewing needles
Please contact us to arrange pick up or delivery, sadly we cannot accept donations left outside any of our venues.
Keep up to date with all the latest news from Escape in our newsletter, by our wonderful volunteer Hattie Throssell.