Forthcoming Events and Conferences
Young learning disabled arts activists lead a conference with a difference. Celebrating their growing impact on the national arts scene, they ask how we can break down the barriers to inclusion that still exist.
Creative Minds Midlands is the fifth regional disability led conference in the UK produced by Carousel and Open Theatre Company in collaboration with the following regional partners:
BecauseWeCanCanCan, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Culture Coventry, Freefall Dance Company, LEVEL, mac Birmingham and Spectra
It brings together learning disabled artists and performers and a range of people from the wider arts world to look at quality, leadership, inclusion and collaboration.
The focus is on news ways of
- creating opportunities
- creative enabling
- working together
- experiencing arts
It will be a day of doing and taking action.
A must for anyone involved in the future of the arts in the UK; arts organisations, local authority arts officers, academics, students, funders, arts critics and practitioners.
Creative Minds Midlands is supported by Arts Council England, The Monument Trust and Service Birmingham.
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Our Past Events
Creative Minds North, ManchesterDate : Thursday, June 15th, 2017
Creative Minds North was the fourth regional disability led conference in the UK produced by Carousel and Venture Arts in collaboration with the following organisations from across the region:
Mind The Gap (Bradford); DIY Theatre (Manchester); Lawnmower Theatre (Newcastle); Tin Arts (Durham); More Music (Morecambe); Dark Horse Theatre (Huddersfield); Blue Room at the Bluecoat Gallery (Liverpool); Prism Arts (Cumbria) and Headway Arts (Northumberland)
The conference continued the discussion about how art is created by learning disabled people and the way this art is talked about, created and presented.
The main themes covered were:
– How do we create great art?
– What does the term professional mean?
– How can the work be best described and discussed?
– How can we help the wider arts world to commission work?
At the conference there were performances, films and visual work and discussions. Artists presented their work and there were opportunities to address the conference themes in a variety of accessible ways.
Creative Minds EastDate : Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
Venue: Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich
Corali Dance Company
Act One Arts Base’s Freedom Dance
Razed Roof Theatre
Zinc Arts and Oska Bright Film Festival
Exhibition curated by
-The relationship between the learning disability arts sector and the wider arts world?
-How are learning disabled performers and artists to be supported to create work of quality?
-Should we respond to learning disabled performances and exhibitions in the
same way as we respond to mainstream performances and exhibitions
-What are the barriers that prevent the work by learning disabled artists and performers being
significantly presented in the wider arts world
– Do learning disabled performers and artists bring something to the arts that
you wouldn’t otherwise see in the mainstream?
The conference was attended by learning disabled performers and artists,
UK and International arts organisations, local authority arts officers, academics,
students, funders and arts critics
Full report of this and other Creative Minds conferences will be published early in 2018
Creative Minds South WestDate : Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
Creative Minds South EastDate : Monday, March 10th, 2014