In the East Midlands, children and young people with learning disabilities are struggling to find opportunities for them and their families to experience exceptional arts and a lack of job opportunities for disabled artists means creative opportunities are limited.
The perceptions of what children and young people with learning disabilities can achieve artistically, are quite often limited by ill-informed beliefs, so we did something about that in the East Midlands. We shook up the region up with Splash! – a participatory arts programme held around the waterways of the region, led by Diverse City with the UK’s professional integrated circus company Extraordinary Bodies. We’ve been making waves for better inclusion and representation for arts organisations, schools, businesses and families across the region over the last year and we want to get you on board for the next year.
We’ve made waves for better inclusion and representation for arts organisations, schools, businesses and families across the region over the last year and we want to get you on board for the next year to join the 2500 children with disabilities, 128 head teachers and 30,000 members of a live/online audience.
There were 3 levels:
Splash! School Level 1 – Access to Splash! School resources and support.
Splash! School Level 2 – Access to Splash! School resources and support, attending/hosting workshops with the Splash! artists, arranged by the local coordinating venue.
Splash! School Level 3 – Access to Splash! School resources and support, attending/hosting workshops with the Splash! artists, arranged by the local coordinating venue and a Splash! Artist in Residence is arranged for your school.
If you want to know more about the programme, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commissioned by the East Midlands Splash! Consortium, led by The Mighty Creatives.
Flo is a young girl on a fearless journey of discovery. Join her as she dives into a mysterious underwater world, meeting new characters and challenges along the way. Splash! is a beautiful story about growing up, family and independence.
Extraordinary Bodies bring this show to life with circus, puppetry, BSL and visual vernacular – a multi-sensory, accessible show for all the family.
Workshops were available for young people in accessible locations around Attenborough Nature Reserve over the performance weekend.
The Mighty Creatives led the Splash! consortium which includes:
Attenborough Arts Centre
Graeae Theatre Company
Canal and River Trust
Curve (Leicester Theatre Trust)
Lincoln Drill Hall
Royal and Derngate Theatre
University of Derby