In their second year of business, they were asked by the council to expand to Rotherham and acquired a community centre in Thorpe Hesley with a 25-year lease.
Key Fund gave ArtWorks Sheffield a £21k grant and loan mix for renovation costs.
ArtWorks was established in 2015, offering workshops in art, dance and drama as well as community activities run by professional artists. They also facilitate placements in projects such as the Sheffield Documentary Film Festival and the Wildlife Trust and work with galleries to help renovate the cultural quarter in Sheffield to make it more disabled friendly and accessible.
The aim was to see a shift from the usual factory-based jobs to empower disabled people with learning disabilities, to work in the creative industries.