Arts Festival in Devon
Dance in Devon is working alongside the Branchline partnership to support learning disabled young people create a festival which debuted in 2018 drawing together the work of ‘artists with labels’ from across the SW.
Branchline is a partnership between arts organisations, social care providers and venues in South Devon, enabling and inspiring the young arts leaders of the future. Branchline has been developed by Lifeworks, in partnership with RIO and funded by Arts Council England’s Bridge Challenge Fund. Dance in Devon is part of the Branchline Partnership.
Ordinary/Extraordinary is a collaborative arts project enabling learning disabled young people with a vocational interest in the arts to lead the development and delivery of a 2-day Arts Festival in October 2019: to generate participation and enable the creation of a wholly inclusive event celebrating connection and mental well-being in music, dance, drama and film at Dartington Hall. The Festival comprised of 5 key arts components:
The Project has been curated by 12 learning disabled young people age 14-25. They specifically led the development of the festival of combined arts content to attract a diverse audience; young people, families and professionals.
Here are some photos from the fantastic events this October half term.
[Photography by Dan Martin]
Dartington Hall, Totnes
16 Feb 2018 | 10.30am – 4pm
The Ordinary Art Seminar explored progression routes for learning disabled young artists; with input from organisations and young artists leading the way to change. A half day seminar at Dartington Hall with lunch and an invite to see a ‘performance first’ at Dartington for professionals interested in creative industry progression routes for learning disabled young people; to hear from learning disabled young artists and their carers and connect with organisations wanting to improve progression routes for their client groups.
16 Feb 2018 | 11am – 7.30pm
Family Day: Taiko Drummers, Big Bands, Orchestras, and inclusive workshops in: Animation, dance, music and steam punk mask making + Quiet space in the SPACE Studios and relaxed screening in the Barn Cinema plus a Masked Ball in the Great Hall – everyone welcome – who will you be??
17 Feb 2018 | 11am – 10pm
Teen Day: Film making, music and graphic art workshops, parkour, yoga, Zumba and hula-hooping – vintage gaming and Comicfest – Comic art and Cosplay is coming to Dartington + bands, DJ’s and Glam Transform beauty space.