Embrace Create Connect – then hold a conference
Embrace Arts plays host this month to a two-day international conference on learning disability and the arts. Embrace Create Connect, taking place over 15-16 March, will bring together artists, arts administrators and people working in the field of learning disabilities to discuss and experience the area where the two fields overlap.
Alongside the discussions will be performances and workshops from a variety of groups and organisations including:
- Movers: Leicester's own learning disabled theatre company, set up to provide performance opportunities for people with a learning disability who have some experience of drama and performance.
- Random Line Performance Company: Creates installations, stimulating interactive projects, workshops, training and performance events at a regional and national level with a unique artistic approach and vision based upon a strong belief that learning disabled people have an individual artistic language which can shape, mould and develop the core artistic direction of the company.
- StopGAP Dance Company: A contemporary dance company consisting of dancers with and without disabilities. A Regularly Funded Organisation (RFO) of Arts Council England, StopGAP is the UK's top integrated dance company working on the small-to-middle scale and leads this field across the World.
- Soda Crew: DJs with learning difficulties that play at Club Soda in Croydon.
- Action Space Mobile: Community arts organisation, working locally, nationally and internationally, and specialising in arts work with people with a disability.
- Bamboozle: Bamboozle’s unique approach to working with students who have learning difficulties and special educational needs [SEN] is built on a deep and ever developing understanding of how students with learning difficulties access ideas and engage with theatre experiences and opportunities.
- Headway: Specialise in participatory arts, across art forms, offering people the chance to take part in highly inclusive, world class arts projects. offers a unique resource with a dedicated team of professional artists/facilitators and is increasingly recognised nationally and internationally for innovative work inspiring groups who may be seen as ‘hard to reach’.
- Mind the Gap: An award-winning touring theatre company that works with learning disabled and non-disabled actors as equals.
- Zinc: Works with disabled and disadvantaged children, young people and adults to ensure they have the same opportunities, choice and control in their lives as the rest of society.
- Oska Bright: Award winning international Festival of short films and digital media made by people with a learning disability
- Hijinx: Aims to create high quality theatre which is accessible, entertaining and challenging for small communities throughout Wales and England
Embrace Arts opened in 1997 as the Richard Attenborough Centre for Disability and the Arts. Although its remit now extends across the full arts spectrum, it remains completely accessible for disabled people, one of only two arts venues in the region designed and built with this in mind.