Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987. Upon his death in 2001, he left most of his estate to the Foundation, creating one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK.

Our mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives.  We have a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts.

The value of the arts was central to Paul Hamlyn’s world view. We continue to believe in the enduring power of the arts as a force for change, enriching people’s lives and communities

ArtWorks: Developing practice in participatory settings was originally developed by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. ArtWorks ran from 2011 to 2015 as a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Special Initiative  with funding and support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Creativity, Culture & Education (supported by Arts Council England) and the Cultural Leadership Programme.

The aim of the ArtWorks initiative was to support the initial education, training and continuing professional development of artists working in participatory settings in order to enhance the quality of people’s engagement in arts-led activity and the arts, and create a more professional and confident sector whose work is valued.

From April 2015, ArtWorks entered a new phase. The Foundation awarded funding to a number of ArtWorks related programmes including ArtWorks Alliance and ArtWorks Scotland to take this work forward.