The Anchor Lab Manifesto
The Anchor Lab Manifesto, 2021

The original Anchor Lab team were Lynsey Wells, Sara Pinto and Jennifer Olley. We all live and work in Glasgow, Scotland. Jen and Lynsey met at art school, were flatmates for 14 years and have been working together ever since on a whole host of design and education projects. In 2009 they formed The Studio a designing and making project for 10-18 year olds. They were joined in 2017 by ace illustrator and author Sara Pinto and collaborated on The Young Artists and Illustrators of Glasgow Society

Sara has since moved on to pursue her incredibly exciting solo project – watch this space! – while Lynsey and Jen have remained with the Glasgow Life Creative communities project. Despite pursuing sepearte projects at this moment in time, the three remain inseperable co-conspiritors in life, each others’ hotline for creative conundrums and huge fans of each others’ work.

With experience of over 15 years in bringing creativity to life for people who may have not had the chance to make art or even seen much of it before, we aim through our practice to make the world a more colourful, creative place. We believe strongly in art being part of the day to day experience. We believe that creativity and playfulness are not add ons, but are an intrinsic part of the human experience. We believe that collective creativity can breathe colour, light and joy into our neighbourhoods, and we have seen time and time again art’s power to transform, building confidence, bolstering wellbeing and, by working collectively, reducing isolation and loneliness.