Pioneer Projects

What is Pioneer Training?

Pioneer Projects regularly delivers bespoke training concerned with the Creative Arts and Health in a wide range of different settings.

  • Community-based settings (including Museums and Art Galleries)
  • Care homes
  • Colleges (health and social care, occupational therapy and nursing)
  • Newly qualified artists
  • Volunteers

Currently we are delivering training for ORB, an arts and health charity based in Knaresborough, Underley Garden School in Kirkby Lonsdale, the Cumbrian Museums Consortium and new artists and volunteers who join us at Pioneer Projects.

All of our training is concerned with ‘Creative Engagement and Communication’ and is bespoke. The training is interactive and participatory, using discussion, input, case studies, film, examples of good practice and research. All workshops include practical art making sessions.

An area of specialism developed by Pioneer Projects is concerned with

‘Creative Arts, Communication and Dementia’

We offer training workshops for individuals and organisations who support people living with dementia, or who are planning to offer specific programmes for people living with dementia. Working creatively with the visual arts, movement,  music and  storytelling can create real pleasure for people living with dementia. Through creative expression we are able to open avenues for meaningful self-expression.


 ‘Today has been exciting, imaginative and interesting. It has sparked creativity within me. I’ve been able to relax and free up my head’

 ‘I’ve got ideas to put in place at work. It’s been team building and fun and given me confidence’.

 Pioneer Projects has delivered training sessions with a range of organisations. Some of the organisations that we have worked with are:

  • The Folly Museum and Gallery in Settle
  • Craven Museum and Gallery in Skipton
  • Ripon Museum
  • Underley Gardens
  • The Lakeland Arts Trust
  • The National Trust
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

Further, as part of the Bridging the Gap project, Pioneer Projects has delivered regular training events for 8 care homes in the region

Pioneer Training Projects

Past Projects