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Step Change Studios inclusive dance class

I’m Back on the Dance Floor

Step Change Studios is a pioneering dance company committed to making Latin and Ballroom dance accessible for everyone. They offer fun, engaging opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to dance. This week’s Step Change Studios Personal Experience Blog comes from Adrienne Armorer. In 2001, having left an evening of salsa dancing early, I ...

two puppet bodies lying side by side

The dance of puppets

I have come to accept that certain art projects take years to grow from the initial seed (idea) to a finished piece of art, with its own story to tell. My ‘Reflection’ puppets, is one such project. Background to the puppets  I found this abstract From a blog post in March 2014: "... During ...

Dreams of Resting Spaces and a Resting Network

I have an invisible disability (chronic pain), and I need to lie down (a lot). It is difficult to be out in the world unless I lie down and rest when I need to: on trains, in galleries, on benches. Sometimes I get kick back, and sometimes I get moved ...

James Rose, Dougie Scarfe (the CEO of the BSO), Darth Vader and his Storm Troopers at the Proms in Meyrick Park, Bournemouth. Credit: Starlight Photography

Concerts and Composers

I’m in my eleventh week at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and I’m loving it! Recently, I went to the BSO’s very own Proms in the Park staged over three days in Meyrick Park, Bournemouth. This fun-filled 48 hr period included meeting the private donors contributing a significant amount against ...

Corina Duyn taken het puppet out of the box

Puppet Power

Attending the Broken Puppet Symposium on puppetry, Disability and Health last week was like stepping into a completely new world. And yet when I entered it, and moved about with open eyes and ears, I realised I had been part of this amazing, creative, fun, and astonishing place for pretty much all my life. I ...

Photo: James Rose in a meeting at the BSO.

Starting at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Since my last post on Disability Arts Online (DAO) last October, things have progressed far beyond anything I could have imagined.  Since you’re reading this, you might have already noticed the publicity surrounding Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s (the BSO) Change Makers project and that I am now training there to ...

OCD – part of the Hidden Project series on Invisible impairment

This post was written by a friend of Root Experience. It sets out her journey with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and how she lives with her compulsions. Published originally on the Root Experience blog as part of our Hidden Project. The Hidden Project culminates in an interactive exhibition, The Hubbub, ...

Image of a hand sorting through artistic contributions from one of Root Experience's community led arts projects

Authentic community led arts

And the challenges of truly & honestly reflecting participant’s creativity within the confines of an arts council funded project, by Artistic Director, Simon Magnus IDEAS When the idea for Root Experience's newest experience the Hidden Project, originally came to me a couple of years ago, I had a clearer notion of what the ...

Photo of learning disabled artist Andy Kee wearing a white lab coat with coloured clothers pegs on a line around his kneck

A vision for creative gallery access for people with learning difficulties

As a child I was inspired by ‘Vision On’ – a TV programmed presented by Tony Hart – and I knew that I could be an artist when many around me doubted it. I believe many other people with learning disabilities can achieve success if they have opportunity and the ...

August Natterer My Eyes in the Time of Apparition (1913)

Reimagining Creativity

Recently I’ve attended two MMU led events that I found particularly interesting, both of which broadly examined ‘human’ ways of being, notions of creativity and human flourishing.  In connection with the first of these events – Theorising Normalcy And The Mundane - I have been working with the ...