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Creative Minds

The Creative Minds' project is an umbrella for arts organisations within the learning disability arts sector. Their aim is to find ways of moving forward the professional practice of actors, performers and artists within the sector. Part of that process is about learning disabled artists having their opinions on the arts seen and heard and widening their experience of the arts. This blog reflects the thoughts about the arts from practitioners within the sector.

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Photo of performer Claire Cunningham sitting on a floor with a stack of teacups

‘Guide Gods’ by Claire Cunningham: review by Sarah Watson

I went to see Guide Gods as part of SICK! Festival 2017 at the Meeting House, University of Sussex I found lots of the small bits of this show very enjoyable. Claire Cunningham says of it that "as someone who doesn’t follow a faith" she realised that she didn’t know or ...

To Belong duet

‘To Belong’ by Theatre Stap: review by Sarah Watson

I went to see this show as part of SICK! Festival 2017 at the Attenborough Arts Centre in Brighton I liked the show but it is hard to say what it is about. It was very energetic and I got carried away with the music. They were all clearly having a ...

Promotional photgraph of Candoco Dance Company's Beheld featuring a silhoutted female dancer using crutches standing on her tip toes and arching her head backwards.

Candoco Review by Matthew Hellett

CANDOCO was a dance piece with two halves. The first was a dance piece, the second more comical. In the first piece, I particularly liked when Tanja did her solo against the backdrop with others holding her hands. When she touched the backdrop, the areas lit up as she connected with ...

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Creative Minds: Mind the Gap: ‘Daughters of Fortune ‘Mia’

Four members of Razed Roof Theatre Company went to a performance of Mia by Mind the Gap and sent in the following responses: Review by Emma Hutchin What the company trying to say? What was it about? To tell a story about pregnancy and parenthood and also motherhood. How did  it look – lighting, ...

Assisted Suicide the Musical

Liz Carr: Assisted Suicide the Musical review by Katy Cracknell

Learning-disabled artist, Katy Cracknell, reviews Liz Carr's Assisted Suicide the Musical after seeing the production at the Unlimited Festival, Southbank Centre in September. It’s a cabaret musical about assisted suicide. Liz Carr presents the facts and figures of suicide, looking at legislation in the UK and abroad. She mentioned that assisted ...

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Creative Minds: You and I Know review

Katy Cracknell reviews Candoco Dance Company's You and I Know. On Tuesday 6th September I saw two of Candoco’s dancers perform a new duet called, You and I Know, choreographed by Arlene Phillips. The performance took place on the Clore Ballroom with chairs surrounding the stage area in an open rectangle shape. I ...

A person lies under a pile of cards with various phrases on

Creative Minds: Nye Russel-Thompson’s Just a Few Words

In the latest Creative Minds blog, Katy Cracknell reviews Just a Few Words which was at the Unlimited Festival, Southbank Centre in September. The performance was performed, directed and written by solo artist Nye Russel-Thompson. The performance started with a record playing that was scratched, which created a nice metaphor for someone ...

Maria Wicko Bird With Open Wings.

Radical Craft exhibition review By Sarah Watson

What are we talking about? We were at the Pallant House Gallery, Chichester and we went to see the Radical Craft exhibition, which I thought was “alternative art”. Artists used different materials and the artists came from different parts of the world including Denmark, Japan and Germany and of course the UK. What ...

Gillian Wearing's installation A Room with Your Views, a green room with beanbags and a screen showing the video work with curtains either side.

Sarah Watson reviews Gillian Wearing’s ‘A Room with Your Views’

The HOUSE Festival Brighton 2016. Gillian Wearing - A Room With Your Views. A HOUSE/Brighton Festival co-commission. University of Brighton Galleries, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton 30 April - 29 May. I went see the house launch for Gillian on Friday 29th April. Venue: The exhibition is inside dark green house with little cute ...

Thompson Hall painting featuring dark colours, it depicts the view from a window out onto a cityscape, with creeping creatures around the windows.

Sarah Watson reviews Thompson Hall’s Home Away from Home

The HOUSE Festival Brighton 2016 Thompson Hall - Home Away From Home A HOUSE/Outside In co-commission at The Regency Town House 13 Brunswick Square, Hove 30 April - 29 May.  The venue for this exhibition was a house with beautiful architecture and structure. It really worked well feeling like you are in a house and not ...

A photograph of a performance from the Is that all there is conference. 3 performers in 1930s costumes are watched by a crowd, two of them are handling large suitcases.

Nick Priest reflects on the ‘Is that all there is?’ conference

'Is that all there is?' was a two-day conference organised by Open Theatre Company designed to encourage fresh thinking about involving young learning-disabled people in the arts. It took place at Birmingham Hippodrome 9-10 March 2016.  Well, the ‘Is That All There Is?’ conference is in the books, and will go down ...

A photograph taken from the Is that all there is conference depicting delegates taking part in a workshop exercise.

Katie Wilson’s thoughts on the ‘Is that all there is’ conference

'Is that all there is?' was a two-day conference organised by Open Theatre Company designed to encourage fresh thinking about involving young learning-disabled people in the arts. It took place at Birmingham Hippodrome 9-10 March 2016.  Theatre needs to be accessible so learning disabled people don’t need a degree to get involved; ...

Creative Minds: Sarah Watson reviews Mind the Gap’s Contained

Contained 'True Stories from the Heart' took place at the New Wolsely Theatre, Ipswich on 9 March. Review by Sarah Watson. “CONTAINED is a vibrant, compelling and personal new show from England’s largest professional learning-disabled theatre company; nine interwoven stories about family and friendships, love and loss, the everyday and the ...

Sarah Watson writes about 1927’s theatre show ‘Golem’

I went to see the new show by theatre company 1927. It’s called Golem. I saw it at the Old Market Theatre in Hove. It was heaving! The space was quite big, settling down into my seat, there were pictures projected onto the big screen on stage – I liked ...