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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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….
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
Introduction The Ideas Team Blog has a plethora of ideas and comments which have informed its present work.
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
Wendy Jacob is an artist and researcher involved with expanding the sensory dimensions of art, including research on the tactility of sound for the hearing impaired. In 2008 she founded and led the Autism Studio at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), developing new and creative responses for living with autism. Wendy Jacob proposes to make … Continue reading The project – Singing Buildings
Has working with the sound diaries changed how you work with the individuals at Cherry Road? Kingsley: Working on the Sound Diary Project has brought my attention to how I work with Nicola and Donald on a more individual basis. I am aware that there are similarities between Donald and Nicola however through the process … Continue reading Some feedback from care staff working on Singing Buildings
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
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?
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?
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
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
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