Past Work

Introduction

The Ideas Team Blog has a plethora of ideas and comments which have informed its present work.

Something In the Pause (4/16/2018) - Listen here The idea behind this particular story was to find a way to describe an arts project that involved an artist, an informatics specialist and a man with a liking for music. The man in question had a learning disability, a sight impairment and physical disability, which meant he was reliant on others choosing … Continue reading Something In the Pause
Sensory Work (3/2/2018) - The beginnings of sensory environments. Artists Steve Hollingsworth, Jim Colquhoun, Laura Aldridge and Laura Spring play with Glowdoodle developed by Eric Rosenbaum at MIT. The idea is that artists work together with small teams of specialists to begin to create sensory environments for people with profound learning disabilities.  With expectations lowering as a reulting of cuts … Continue reading Sensory Work
Old School Ideas (1/1/2018) - Artists Laura Aldridge and Laura Spring asked Old School Fabricators to redesign a space within a Day Centre which would be more relevant to people with profound Learning Disabilities. They worked with the artists, individuals with complex disabilities and their care staff and came up with the following ideas. Here are their ideas…..old-school-ideas
Rethinking Audiences (12/5/2016) - As Scotland’s contemporary music ensemble, Red Note is renowned not only for its virtuosity but also for its voracious enthusiasm for challenging work. As part of its quest to reach underserved audiences, Red Note recently collaborated with Artlink, Edinburgh’s ongoing programme ‘The Ideas Team’, established in 2005.
The Ideas Team projects support unique arts practices shaped … Continue reading Rethinking Audiences
Design for a screen – Charlotte Podger (12/1/2016) - Charlotte has worked with Artlink over the past few years, in particularly on the Sensory Workshops at Cherry Road.  We asked her, given her knowledge of the individuals, to design a space for people with profound learning disabilities.  Here is what she designed…..
Ideas That Bend (11/1/2016) - IDEAS THAT BEND is the umbrella title for a series of collaborative interventions which took place at Cherry Road Day Centre.(Its such a good title that we have borrowed it for the whole programme!) The term comes from our desire to create artworks that respond to, develop with, and grow around the people they are created … Continue reading Ideas That Bend
Fleeting Moments (1/28/2016) - In a meeting today with artists Laura Aldridge and Laura Spring we looked at the work they are currently undertaking and where emphasis lies in their current approach. ‘We are focusing on our activities within the workshops and how we work with particular individuals. through the materials we use and the experiences we have we … Continue reading Fleeting Moments
Artists working on Collaborative Environments (12/7/2015) - Here are some of the artists who are working on collaborative environments. This ideas team involves bringing in new artists to work with artists Laura Aldridge and Laura Spring.  Both have years of knowledge and experience of working with people with profound learning disabilities and have developed a particular practice which uses the arts in … Continue reading Artists working on Collaborative Environments
We asked care staff what sorts of environment the people they worked with needed..and their answers were…. (12/3/2015) - Staff at cherry road brainstorm for the artlink room: Interactive environment James Morrow/Sonos Costumes Projectors/Planetarium Interesting/ stimulating smells Bubble machine Velcro walls weightlessness seasonal affected disorder Colour therapy lights trampoline levels hammock control heat/cold Mylife tech smart board wind machine maze – inflatable theatre stage liquid mirror climbing frame water bed mirrored wall distorted Mirror … Continue reading We asked care staff what sorts of environment the people they worked with needed..and their answers were….
‘It’s all in the detail’ – a talk by artist Steve Hollingsworth and day centre manager Liz Davidson (10/28/2015) - You are invited to ‘It’s all in the detail’: A seminar with Disability Research Edinburgh Thursday 5th November, 4-5.30pm Room LG.09 in the David Hume Tower, Edinburgh University, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JX The talk will look at some of Artlink’s Ideas Team approaches emerging from one to one work with people with profound learning … Continue reading ‘It’s all in the detail’ – a talk by artist Steve Hollingsworth and day centre manager Liz Davidson
Past Work (9/23/2015) - Introduction The Ideas Team Blog has a plethora of ideas and comments which have informed its present work.
The Project – Collaborative Environments (7/15/2015) - Artists Laura Aldridge and Laura Spring invite artists and designers to re-think day centre environments as theatrical/carnival/fairground spaces, looking at colour pattern, the design of a room from the perspective of someone with profound learning disabilities. This project is all about imagination, thinking creatively to create a series of ‘sets’ in which people can perform, … Continue reading The Project – Collaborative Environments
Collaborative Environments – impact of my practice on the individuals and care staff  (5/22/2015) - Laura Spring: I  believe  Artlink  has  a  huge  benefit  to  the  individuals  we  work  with  because  of  it’s  unique  approach. Working  intimately  over  long  periods  of  time  to  establish  relationships  is  rare  in  a  workshop  environment  but completely  necessary  when  working  with  people  with  profound  learning  disabilities. You  learn  about  someone in  an  unconventional  way … Continue reading Collaborative Environments – impact of my practice on the individuals and care staff 
What has working with Artlink brought to your practice?  (5/20/2015) - LAURA  ALDRIDGE:    It  has  enabled  me  to  work  in  a  way  to  fits  my  ideas  and  thinking  –  i  struggled  for  years  as an  art  student,  unable  to  make  work  that  spoke  or  sang  even.  Its  made  me  free  in  the  way  that  I  approach  art making  –  I  think,  when  making  art,  so … Continue reading What has working with Artlink brought to your practice? 
What has working with people with profound learning disabilities brought to your practice?  (5/20/2015) - STEVE  HOLLINGSWORTH:  Working  as  artist  has  enriched,  invigorated  and  expanded  the  potential  of  my practice.  My  ideas  were  forced  to  adapt  and  change  in  order  to  communicate  with  the  radically  different subjectivities  I  encounter  in  my  work.  It  enabled  collaborations  to  occur  where  new  ideas  arose  through discussion  (with  other  artists)  and  constantly  working  through … Continue reading What has working with people with profound learning disabilities brought to your practice? 
Prep work for Slowing Down Time (3/4/2015) - Kelly Dobson is an artist and engineer. She has a Ph.D. MIT; Master of Science in Media Arts and Sciences, MIT. In her work she believes that exciting things can happen between people and machines that aren’t driven by profit, instead designing personalised appliances that address everyday human needs. The next year will involve getting … Continue reading Prep work for Slowing Down Time
The Sound Diary Project (1/27/2015) - For the last eight months, I have been working closely with artist Wendy Jacob and carers at Cherry Road on the Sound Diary Project. I have been helping Wendy to ask questions to carers about the soundscapes around them, and the individuals they work with. This has been a journey, observing and exploring what it … Continue reading The Sound Diary Project
Update on Steves work (11/14/2014) - My overall aim is to refine ideas concerning the developing immersive sensorium (and what is most appropriate for Ben and Nathalie) and also to be ambitious as possible in moving toward a further potential version of the Sensorium. To do this I need to learn more from Ben and Nathalie, this will come from the … Continue reading Update on Steves work
Sound diaries (4/3/2014) - Wendy wanted staff to write sound diaries, recording the sounds that surround the individual. As Wendy lives in America, we decided to enlist the assistance of artist Miriam Walsh who would collate the diaries and set different tasks. Acting as the link between Wendy and care staff. The group established a way of storing the … Continue reading Sound diaries
Sound Project (4/8/2011) - Andybox by steve Hollingsworth A project with Artlink Edinburgh, looking at using technology to improve the quality of life for differently able people. In this case we were working with Andy, who has very limited mobility, and little vision, but a really strong sense of music and rhythm. Working with Steve Hollingsworth we created a … Continue reading Sound Project
The Ideas Team – Sound (3/21/2011) - SOUND PROJECT involved an artist, an informatics specialist from Edinburgh University and a man with a liking for music. The man in question had a learning disability, a sight impairment and physical disability, which meant he was reliant on others choosing what he listened to. He listened to Radio Forth a lot. So we invited … Continue reading The Ideas Team – Sound
The smell project by Clara Ursitti (2/15/2011) - How do you create a whole new world for someone, based on smell for people with multiple learning and physical disabilities?  Artlinks solution? Place olfactory artist Clara Ursitti to work alongside some incredibly involved support workers, Bob Walley a clinical psychologist, seek advice from Pamis at Dundee University to investigate the potential of smell as … Continue reading The smell project by Clara Ursitti