Ideas That Bend

IDEAS THAT BEND is the umbrella title for a series of collaborative interventions to take place at Cherry Road Day Centre. The term comes from our desire to create artworks that respond to, develop with, and grow around the people they are created for. Through our experience of working with people within the centre, we... Continue Reading →

Illustrating Ideas

We have been working with illustrator/designer/writer/woman of many talents Charlotte Linton. She is helping us make visual some of the ideas we are having – these will act as tools when talking about the project, to help others see what we are thinking. They will function not only as illustrations  but also they paint a... Continue Reading →

Artists working on Collaborative Environments

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... Continue Reading →

Relational Objects

I (Aldridge) have been thinking a lot about what direction to take the work we are doing in. I’ve been thinking a lot about the sensorial and experiential in sculptural practice lately, in relation to my own work, a teaching project I am doing and of course the Sensory workshop. How to do we make... Continue Reading →

We asked care staff what sorts of environment the people they worked with needed..and their answers were….

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 →

Lygia Clark

Lygia Clark (Bel Horizonte, 1920 — Río de Janeiro, 1988) studied in Río de Janeiro and Paris, and after spending some time working in abstraction, became a part of the Grupo Frente and was later one of the signees of the Neo-Concretism manifiesto. She began her most creative phase of her career in 1960 when... Continue Reading →

Yvonne is back! 

   Artist Yvonne Mullock who is currently based in Canada will be collaborating with her old team as part of Collaborative Environments. Yvonne who was one of the founding members of the sensory workshops, will be working on 'costumes that entertain'. A series of costumes informed by people with profound learning disabilities to be worn... Continue Reading →


Introduction Over the past 10 years, artists have been involved in a series of projects, designed to learn from people with complex learning disabilities.  Its taken time to work out the best way to involve, given the severity of people disabilities.  Artists working on the programme, havedevised ways of working which unearth very interesting ways... Continue Reading →

Artist Laura Spring on her Artlink practice

 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 →

Artists brief for collaborative environments

Brief for artists Laura Aldridge and Laura spring Collaborative environments This project offers its artists the freedom to imagine their most incredible ideas and the resources to realise them. We would like you to think about day centre environments as theatrical/carnival/fairground spaces. By this we mean that we would like you to think about all... Continue Reading →

Collaborative Environments – impact of my practice on the individuals and care staff 

   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... Continue Reading →

What is the impact on the individual, care staff & the environment you work in? 

  Laura Aldridge : The  biggest  thrill  from  the  work  I  do  with  Artlink  is  that  it  gives  agency  to  individuals  who  through  physical and  mental  difficulties,  quite  often  don't  have  any  -  choice  is  just  something  that  falls  away  from  their  daily  lives. In  our  sensory  workshop  sessions,  we  try  and  make  the  people  we... Continue Reading →

What has working with Artlink brought to your practice? 

   LAURA  SPRING: Artlink  has  brought  so  many  beneficial  elements  to  my  work  and  myself  as  a  person  over  the seven  years  I  have  worked  for  them.  Many  of  these  I  never  expected  and  I  think  says  a  lot  about  the  unique approach  Artlink  has  to  working  with  people.  Freedom,  room  for  experimentation,  meeting  and... Continue Reading →

What has working with Artlink brought to your practice? 

   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,... Continue Reading →

California Wow! at the Tramway

Laura Aldridge presents a new installation for Tramways main gallery which reflects on her engagement with the relationship between art, craft and performance. Drawing together sculpture, textile, print and ceramics, Aldridge sets up a vivid and tactile environment inhabited by a variety of 'display-scapes' through which the viewer is invited to interact with the exhibition... Continue Reading →

Up ↑