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That thing you’re feeling might be overwhelm…

That feeling. What is it? What is it, really, that you’re feeling right now? Oh right, it’s overwhelm. I learned about it on a zoom webinar. Like, learning is great an’ all, but I think I need to go to rehab to A) stop looking at online courses B) Stop thinking I need ...

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Visual artists Rachel Gadsden UK and Jeremy Hawkes Australia: Creating Deluge during Covid-19

About a year ago I received an email from Australia, from an artist who was applying for an Australian Council of the Arts Grant award, writing to enquire if I would be interested in being part of the grant vision. And with his tremendous award success - Jeremy Hawkes became such ...

Making Space for Art MW

What does an autistic/ADHD neurodivergent led art workshop look like?  

*Please note. (small d for deaf not big D is how the deaf participant identifies). We are voices of many. (Written in third person is part of Elinor's ND vocabulary and traits, she flips between they, we, I, her, she).  Development Magical Women was developed in ...

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Coronavirus Bill frees up psychiatrists to fight COVID19

The Coronavirus Bill became the Coronavirus Act and passed into law last week. It included changes to mental health legislation which is not yet in force. Only one doctor will be needed to section someone, and sections will be able to last longer without review. Those of us who have been ...

Representing UK Inclusive Dance in the United States

With support from Arts Council England, the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts, and the Knight Foundation (among others), Step Change Studios represented UK inclusive dance at a festival of physically integrated dance in the US. This was Step Change Studios’ first international project since it was established two years ...

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Oska Bright 2019 launches with original stories of learning disability and life

What a great launch night from Oska Bright. The festival has stepped up a notch yet again with production values, cinematography and its overall diversity and feel. The originality of the stories being told and the general quirkiness of what's on offer is the real appeal of Oska Bright. It seems ...

New York: How a desire to get people to smile inspired inclusive practice

Step Change Studios Founder Rashmi Becker has been learning about inclusive practice in the U.S. and recently met New York-based ballroom dancer Arkadiy Stepanchuck. Arkadiy was inspired to set up inclusive dance company DuDance after a dancing road trip. He recounts his experience and how his effort to build connections ...

Fragility

I’m writing this blog during my residency in Canada, recent opportunities have enabled me to explore my practice internationally. Last year I came to St Andrews New Brunswick as a KIRA resident artist at Kingsbrae garden and discovered Sunbury Shores studio. This year I’m at Sunbury Shores for five weeks, thanks ...

Oska Bright and Europe

Oska Bright’s international reach and influence has seen a shift away from Australia and Canada towards Europe over the past year. Whether this is a coincidence or a reflection of the geo-political zeitgeist is anyone’s guess. But it is a timely and necessary convergence of thinking, ideas and determination that ...

I Dream of Movement

Rashmi Becker, Founder of UK-based Step Change Studios has been spending time in New York looking at international approaches to integrated and community dance. She was recently welcomed to the National Dance Institute to learn about its free dance programme DREAM, which serves dancers ages 8 to 14 with disabilities. Here she ...