Monday, 9 February 2015

Differently Abled - Driving Change conference and Heart and Sold call out


Some of Shallal will be at this conference giving a short presentation in the morning about Always New our new research and development approach to improvisation and performance with musician George Bradley-Peer.


Tuesday March 17th from 10am – 5pm


This one day conference Differently Abled* - Driving Change is an opportunity for service providers, practitioners, artists and anyone interested in inclusive arts in the South West to come together to share best quality practice. 

Presentations, open forum discussions and practical workshops will be led by some of the UK’s most innovative arts organisations led by and promoting *differently abled artists. The day will be held at Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Production & Learning centre, at TR2 in Cattedown, Plymouth and hosted by the Funky Llama inclusive steering group, Driving Force.

Key note speakers include:

·         Alice Chutter Diverse CityDiverse city create exceptional shows that profile the abilities of diverse groups. They currently deliver ‘Remix Gold’, an integrated youth performance company for young people with and without disabilities. Diverse City have also produced ‘Extraordinary Bodies’ in partnership with Cirque Bijou.  

·         Dean Rodney – from Heart n Soul’s The Fish Police and Olympic commission the Dean Rodney Singers. Heart n Soul’s way of working has grown over twenty-five years of working with people with learning disabilities to make outstanding art and change happen.

·         Paul Richards- International Stay Up Late Campaign. Stay Up Late is a registered charity committed to promoting the rights of people with learning disabilities to live the lifestyle of their choosing. Gig Buddies is a project that pairs up people with and without learning disabilities in to be friends and to go to events together. 

·         Carousel. Carousel established Creative MindsBlue Camel ClubOska Bright Film Festival and Shut Up and Listen Radio and work in partnership to deliver a national initiative to open the conversation about critiquing learning disability arts. Their award winning arts provision has been recognised nationally and internationally for its high quality and unique approach.
Presentations and practical workshops from:

·         Anjali DanceAnjali Dance Company celebrates the unique creative abilities and artistic potential of people with learning disabilities and demonstrates exciting new possibilities in dance.

·         Plymouth Music ZonePMZ's work focuses on using music as a powerful tool to develop skills and the health and emotional wellbeing of participants.

A detailed schedule of the day will be available on our website in the New Year.

Price is £15 to cover lunch and refreshments. Booking essential:Oliver.bond@theatreroyal.com

Funky Llama celebrates the creative talents of adults with different abilities. It involves large scale performing arts and social events as well as increasing the amount of arts opportunities available throughout the region.

*Differently Abled is our steering groups preferred description for adults with learning difficulties.


Also call out for Heart and Sold passed on by Jeanette and Rory.

"Heart and Sold are selecting work for an exhibition in New York. Here is the link ..."



beautiful website well worth a look!

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