cSPACE uses the visual arts and digital media to support communities in their expression of vision and aspiration, bringing the benefits of direct experience into the public domain and supporting social change through cultural activism. Projects are collaborative and/or participatory, and build on local and international networks to create artistic initiatives that are deeply rooted and at the same time wide in reach, incorporating trans-disciplinary expertise from professional and academic sources as required.

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Established in 2002, cSPACE is a registered charity building on more than three decades of community-based arts and media practice by its founding director Dr. Loraine Leeson, including her work in The Art of Change (1991-02) and the Docklands Community Poster Project (1981-91). Over its first decade cSPACE has created a number of long-term projects including VOLCO, a planet in cyberspace founded on co-operative principles and created by over a thousand children; The Catch gateway public artwork for Barking town centre involved the whole pupil cohort from a nearby junior school together with a mentoring scheme for university and college students; The Young Person’s Guide to East London, an online resource and free newspaper produced by four hundred teenagers from the Olympic host boroughs; Active Energy, an arts/engineering initiative with The Geezers older mens’ group is bringing renewable energy to East London; and a related project in Pittsburgh PA has supported Alzheimer’s research.