University of Edinburgh
 

Art and Creativity for Children and Young People with Complex Needs

Presented on Friday, 5th February 2016

Content

This course looked at how Art can open up opportunities for children and young people with complex needs. The course consisted of workshops and presentations by Visual Artists who work with Artlink Edinburgh. Artlink is an arts and disability organisation established in 1984 that believes participation in the arts has an important role to play in realising personal and social change. Their aim is to increase opportunities to take part in the arts for those who experience disadvantage or disability.

The day included:

  • An Immersive Sound and Perception Workshop
  • How to use the everyday as a material for interaction
  • A making workshop using the strategies of Lygia Clark
  • A talk on the ambitious Artlink Ideas Team using experimental ideas by learning from individuals with complex needs.

Target Audience

All who work with children and young people with complex needs, including teachers, additional support needs assistants, occupational therapists, early years practitioners, voluntary organisations, therapists, social services staff, parents/carers.

Presenters

Steve Hollingsworth, an Artist based in Glasgow, who has worked with Artlink for over 15 years where he is Lead Artist with the Ideas Team plus other visual artists from Artlink: Kevin McPhee, Jim Colquhoun and Laura Aldridge.

Programme

10.05 am How to use the everyday as a material for interaction Kevin McPhee

11.25 am An Immersive Sound and Perception Workshop Jim Colquhoun

  • Sound Walk - 20 mins
  • Feral Choir - 20 mins
  • Listening - 5 mins

1.30 pm A making workshop using the strategies of Lygia Clark Laura Aldridge

2.40 pm A talk on the ambitious Artlink Ideas Team using experimental ideas by learning from PMLD individuals Steve Hollingsworth

3.40 pm Course Evaluation and close