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‘How to be a Dyslexic Artist and Other Stories’ – call out for participants

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The Red DIV (2011). Image © Benedict Phillips

An opportunity for dyslexic adults ages 18+ Including one to one skills & mentoring support 9 Weekly sessions at The Tetley, Leeds Thursday evenings, 6pm – 8:30pm
Starting April 2019

Find out more: Presentation and Q&A at The Tetley, Thurs 21st Feb, start 6pm – 7pm

Application deadline: 6pm, Thursday 14th March
How to be a Dyslexic Artist!​ is the first course of its kind, a multi-artform, nine-week programme for adult dyslexics of all skill levels and backgrounds. As well as the weekly presentations and practical workshops there will also be one to one support and review sessions.

The course provides a unique opportunity to take part in workshops and discussions around personal experiences of being dyslexic as an inspiration to develop new creative artworks for public display on the Participation Floor at The Tetley.

The course is delivered by artist / consultant ​Benedict Phillips​ and his team, who bring with them a wide range of skills including, sculpture techniques, creative writing, costume design and production, photography and performance art. The team will work with you over weekly sessions to help you create a personal manifesto, props and costume to generate an ‘alternative persona’ resulting in a studio based photographic portrait.

The sessions will reflect on dyslexic experiences and attributes that are often interpreted as negative or just misunderstood. Together, we will share and explore the strengths and skills that we have developed in opposition to standardised ways of thinking and doing. We will also explore our strengths and individual solutions to the complex questions asked of and by dyslexics in our text-dominated society.

How to apply

  • The course is suitable for dyslexic adults (18+) based in Leeds who have been through the experience of assessment. This experience will be part of the landscape we explore on the course. All abilities and backgrounds are welcome, including HE / FE students, recent graduates, those not in employment or education, arts professionals and educators.
  • No formal training in the arts is required, but we are looking for individuals who can demonstrate a strong interest in expanding or developing their creative practice to develop a personal project in response to their life experience as an adult dyslexic.
  • There are 10 place available on the course, and the final selection will be made by a panel including Benedict, three arts professionals and an SpLD specialist.
  • Please fill in the short online form to apply: ​https://goo.gl/forms/FsbCm2nOhysJfoOn2 *Please note that the form includes options for audio/video applications

About the course

How to be a Dyslexic Artist! i​ s free of charge to all participants, including materials and exhibition costs. A travel bursary within Leeds is also available for a limited number of participants – please let us know if you would like to claim this on your application form.

Participants will benefit from:

  • Mentoring and practical tuition from professional artists/makers
  • Discussion and sharing of practical methods for utilising your dyslexia attributes
  • Increased knowledge of arts and dyslexia through interaction with a peer group and specialist facilitators
  • Production of high quality work with professional assistance
  • A public display on the Participation Floor at The Tetley for sharing with family, friends and peers
  • Practical making and design skills that can be further developed beyond the project.
  • Optional one to one support will outside of the workshop sessionsTimetable:
    Application deadline: ​6pm,​ ​March 14th
    Successful applicants notified:​ March 21st
    Course dates (Thursday evenings 6pm – 8:30pm) at ​The Tetley​:
    April 11th / 18th / 25th / May 2nd / (break) / 16th / 23rd / 30th / June 6th Studio Photo shoot sessions will take place between ​8th-16th June
    Public display on the Participation Floor, at The Tetley: ​July/August (date tbc)Contact:

    Contact Benedict Phillips with any questions or if you require and additional support with your application (please allow a few days to receive a response) – ​benedict@digitalmedialabs.org

    Read more about Benedict’s work here: www.theartistsagency.co.uk/benedict-phillips

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Sue Manson-Chubb

Most of the artists I know including myself are dyslexic, its not a disease just a different functioning and understanding, we are all different, its great that its now known as a thing today because in my school days and further education I wondered if I was damaged or stupid because I never got a grasp of the teaching methods used for NORMAL ? kids,whoever they are ( I think they are the kids on the teachers own wavelength) anyway, thank you and good luck with your project Have fun wish I lived closer so I could take part. Best… Read more »

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Thanks sue, next year will be the 25 anniversary of my first disleksick work ‘ Agender of the Agresive Dislecksick’ Like art my understading of Disleckseya keeps developing…
If you do wish to be keep uptodate with my disleksick projects let me know. thanks for your thoughts. Benedict

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Sabrina George

I am based on London and would love something like this. Put me on a list if something is going on here.