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The Art Ministry was founded in 1992 by the late Reverend Angela Cotton. In 2004 The Art Ministry became a  charity governed by a board of trustees according to a declaration of trust. The following year we registered with the Charity Commission, our registered number is 1108227.

We are based in Hadleigh, Essex and provide weekly art and craft sessions for about 100 children and adults as well as one-off community sessions for up to 200 children at a time.


Our weekly sessions are for a wide variety of people. We focus on those most likely to benefit from the opportunity that being involved in creative activity provides for making friends, boosting self confidence and improving self esteem.


We run sessions for children, with and without special needs, and for adults with learning difficulties, with physical disabilities, partially sighted and blind adults and adults with mental health problems. We complement these core activities with a general public art club, sessions at day care centres, sheltered housing schemes and sessions for young carers. We also provide creative activities at lots of community events. 


The objectives of The Art Ministry are:

To provide a safe environment and facilities in a wide variety of arts and crafts and other art forms for all of the community and to encourage creativity and therapy through art forms.

To bring widely disparate members of the community together through the common language of art, with a bias to the minorities, excluded and disaffected groups or individuals.


To work with schools, colleges, churches, local authorities, disabled, disadvantaged groups or individuals in the local community.


The Trustees of The Art Ministry are:


Tamara Batchelor

Lisa Goldsmith

Alison van Keulen

Verna Ring – Lead Safeguarding Officer

Allan Webb - Chair and Treasurer

Nel Wilkinson




Click here see our details at The Charity Commission’s website.














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The Art Ministry, 1 Church Road, Hadleigh, Essex, SS7 2DQ, Registered Charity Number: 1108227