Camden Arts Centre

Art for young people with learning disabilities

Working with artists, young people and teachers from local special educational needs schools, Get the Message offers innovative ways of experiencing contemporary art. The project aims to challenge perceptions of disability through collaborative activities which champion all forms of expression.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1065829)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£4,000

Amount raised

£3,312

Donations

28

    Category

  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

    Helping

Location

  • Well thought through and planned sessions, with appropriate expectations that allowed the students to engage on their own level and take on independent learning journeys. Our students were able to relate to the activities in their own way and experience them on their terms.

    — Teacher, The Village School

  • At home he is asking for more and more materials to make art, which is really encouraging. He seems to get satisfaction and calmness through doing the sessions.

    — Parent of a child with learning disabilities who takes part in Get The Message

  • ‚ÄúThis project has made such an incredible difference to raising the pupil‚Äôs self-esteem, they are not afraid to make mistakes and have really grown through participating in all of the activities, techniques and exploration of materials throughout the year.‚Äù

    — Teacher, Woodfield School

  • “This project has made such an incredible difference to raising the pupil’s self-esteem, they are not afraid to make mistakes and have really grown through participating in all of the activities, techniques and exploration of materials throughout the year.”

    — Teacher, Woodfield School

  • Well thought through and planned sessions, with appropriate expectations that allowed the students to engage on their own level and take on independent learning journeys. Our students were able to relate to the activities in their own way and experience them on their terms.

    — Teacher, The Village School

  • At home he is asking for more and more materials to make art, which is really encouraging. He seems to get satisfaction and calmness through doing the sessions.

    — Parent of a child with learning disabilities who takes part in Get The Message

Situation

Across the visual arts, there is a lack of accessible programmes and opportunities for people with learning disabilities. There is a need for initiatives which engage young people with disabilities with contemporary art, and for activities which champion all forms of self-expression and communication. There is also a need for more opportunities for learning disabled artists to lead projects and develop careers within the arts sector.

Solution

For Get the Message, we are working with 30 people aged 11-17 with profound learning disabilities, in partnership with local specialist schools. Over an academic year the students will participate in practical artist-led workshops in our galleries and studios with a summer exhibition showcasing the work made on the project. Now in it's 15th year, the project helps the students to flourish in their education and beyond. We're also working with a learning disabled artist to co-lead the sessions.