Sun Trees, Sarah McGreevy (detail)

Artists First is a group of disabled artists with learning difficulties. We believe that as a group we can support each other and that we can do powerful work together; things that we could not do alone.

Celebrating 30 years of Artists First

We all have great stories to tell of how art has helped us. Watch this new film featuring the artists to find out about who we are and what we do. Then explore further.

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New book now available.

May 26, 2018

Combining images and a timeline of key moments in Artists First history, this new book is a beautifully produced guide to the group for people new to the group as well as long-time fans. Order you copy now.

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Recent inspiring visits.

April 16, 2019

Artists First have been out and about in Bristol, visiting some great exhibitions and studios in the last few weeks.

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Good Luck Felicity!

April 16, 2019

We've said a fond farewell and good luck to one of our trustees and sent her off in style with a portrait workshop. Felicity Inkpen had been with us for four years and we always loved meeting her.

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Influencing film still

New (and old) films about Artists First

November 2016

Six new films about Artists First have been made to tell share the history, influences and impact of Artists First. Watch them all online.

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Limited edition prints

Some of our most popular paintings (such as Breadhorse by Carol Chilcott, left) are available as prints. Browse the gallery to see what else is available.

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