Sensory Work

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

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

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

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 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….

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

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

The Project – Collaborative Environments

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

The project – Singing Buildings

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

Some feedback from care staff working on 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 

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  way … Continue reading Collaborative Environments – impact of my practice on the individuals and care staff 

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,  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? 

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?