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Bright spot in storm clouds

This storm…

Do you ever feel like you're all alone? I do. Isolation should be stopped. No one likes to be alone. This storm... The howling of the wind, The heavy rain fall, The rumble of thunder, The combination of them all, The storm makes darkness appear, You see no light at the end of the tunnel, You feel like ...

Oh Christ, it’s Christmas Again!

Thought I'd write a little poem for Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone! C is for Christ, it's Christmas again H is for Hurry, time is running out I is for imagination, what gift can i get them? S is for socialising, and shopping till you drop T is for tree, putting up the Christmas decorations is ...

She tried her hand

You try your hardest to keep a peaceful lifestyle, but sometimes you try too hard. She tried her hand at most things, but drew the line at honesty, She tugs at the heart strings, and tries to keep her sanity. She fakes a smile, and pretends to be happy, To keep a peaceful lifestyle, despite feeling low and ...

Photo of Bryony beside the riverside

My childhood

My childhood seems to belong to another world, Where fairies and demons were once thought to be true, And nagging adults got on our nerves, Picking our noses seemed to make adults go ‘Eww’. Playing in the streets and games like kiss chase, Used to be the highlight of our day, Learning to make more mates, While ...

A Volunteers Insight Into Supporting Learning Disabled Artists at Venture Arts by Hamble-Rose Dean

Venture Arts volunteers assist their team of professional artists within the studio environment. They support learning disabled people to produce high quality artwork resulting in increased wellbeing confidence, social and creative skills. Volunteers at Venture Arts come from all walks of life – student, professional, creative, social care and health. Equally, ...

“You’re Not Trans… You’re Autistic!”

Aimee Challenor is 20 years. She is a transgender individual and also autistic. She and others from Trans communities feel they have had their Transgender identity undermined by medical professionals because of their autism. This has led to the delaying of gender reassignment procedures. How does it feel to ‘come out’ as Trans, only to have to hide autism? Challenor speaks out ...

Discovering Contemporary Folk Art in Finland and an organisation supporting disability awareness for cultural venues across Finland

ITE in Finland translates literally as self-made life. We met with Raija Kallioinen and Minna Havera from the ITE organisation that stated amongst other things they specialised in contemporary Folk Art within Finland - with several examples of it dotted across the offices. Starting life 20 years ago, they ...

PERSPECTIVES presented by Venture Arts

PERSPECTIVES Exhibitions | Happenings | Creative Exchanges | Greater Manchester | October 2018 – February 2019   80 learning disabled artists show new work across Greater Manchester This autumn 80 learning disabled artists will occupy contemporary and historical venues across Greater Manchester in PERSPECTIVES, a series of exhibitions, happenings and creative exchanges proudly presented by ...

Kaarisilta – A hidden gem in the woods of Finland

In late August Tanya and Jennifer traveled overseas to Kaarisilta in Finland, near the small town of Lahti. What we found trapped between trees were some beautiful old farm buildings that, since 1986, have been transformed into the centre that supports disabled artists today – the chicken hut is ...

Four buildings across Edinburgh with a wealth of talent happening behind their doors

Tanya and myself managed to squeeze in an afternoon visit to Garvald in Edinburgh on our trip to Scotland. We were greeted at the converted Edwardian school by the Art Studio facilitator and Exhibitions Coordinator Morven MacCrae. Garvald has been going in some form for over fifty years and ...