In 2016, a few local artists began to change the format of art exhibitions. By promoting their own work in an organised group, artists were able to tailor exhibitions to suit their needs, bringing an eclectic collection of art to Denbies Wine Estate as the First Steps Art group.
First Steps Art was founded to support a young artist with Asperger’s who did not fit the mould for many art organisations. Instead, he took the brave step to host his own exhibition, in association with selected professional artists who were keen to assist with his new venture.
Since 2016, over fifty artists have showcased their work and taken their First Steps to exhibiting at Denbies via the First Steps Art group. In 2017 photography was introduced to the exhibitions, embracing talented individuals who capture art with a camera. During 2019, the First Steps Art group became First for Art, and organised a series of exhibitions. Professional local artist and photographers have joined together to showcase their ever-eclectic collection of art.
Art is sold direct from the artist to the buyers, with no commission added to the price.