Creative Minds North, Manchester

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.