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 film featuring the artists to find out about who we are and what we do. Then explore further.

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Big Yellow Storage

Thanks Big Yellow!

June 2, 2021

Thanks to Big Yellow Storage we've been able to keep our work safe.

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How we're working in lockdown

January 29, 2021

We haven't been able to meet for nearly a year in a studio, but we've stayed in touch by Zoom, phone and post.

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Stephen at Arnolfini event

Developing our future

January 29, 2021

How can Artists First carry on supporting artists in the best ways in the future? We're planning for what we'd like to do and how we can do it, thanks to funding from Arts Council England in 2020/21 and Bristol City Council in 2018/19.

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Our latest book

May 26, 2018

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

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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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We love exhibiting and talking to people about our work. If you can help us do this please get in touch.