Learned disengagement - Liz Davidson - Day care centre manager - Cherry road, Bonnyrigg ‘What you do is provide somebody with something that inspires them enough to be part of it and engage with it and have the curiosity to reach out for more, because if your world is never interesting and always predictable, eventually … Continue reading An Interview with Liz Davidson by Steve Hollingsworth
Steve Hollingsworth Slowing Down Time: 9.5.18 Timescapes that suit peoples processing speed Sound is touching at a distance Experiencing time differently 1st Exercise-Erwin Wurm one minute sculptures. All staff to collaborate using the small objects I’ve brought in to create static sculpture of your own bodies balancing or holding some of the objects I’ve brought … Continue reading Slowing Down time Workshop
Artlink has pioneered a unique way of working, under the banner of ‘The Ideas Team’; a kind of laboratory of experimental approaches where contemporary artists are paired with individuals with complex disabilities to explore different sensory experiences with them. These have included adventures in olfactory memory, sound and vibration, cross-media installations, time spent immersed in intense … Continue reading Background
F: Today I had a few tech difficulties as I was hoping to use the pc in the room but the internet was very slow and could not stream anything! F is absolutely looking forward to the sessions now, she is very very exited when she sees me, knowing that I ll provide some cats … Continue reading Feedback on Slowing Down Time research
The following is a presentation given in response to an essay/talk by Jessica Gogan, artist & curator living in Rio. Gogans' essay is about a medicinal plant project which took place in Brazil. At first glance it has nothing to do with people with learning disabilities but don't let that confuse you. Her descriptions … Continue reading Text from ‘Exchange of Method’presentation as part of Artlink/Collective collaboration.
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 Lygia Clark
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 Yvonne is back!
Artists Laura Spring, Laura Aldridge and depute manage John Connell met with Old School Fabrications to discuss changing spaces in Cherry Road. Here is their brief:- We would like you to come up with a series of designs based on our initial discussion at Cherry Road. As the people the designs are for, are very complex, … Continue reading OLD SCHOOL FABRICATIONS – 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 Artists brief for collaborative environments
In Laura Aldridge and Laura Springs workshops, the artists use materials to enable alternative ways of communicating through light, sound, colour and touch. This involves making accessories that are visual, tactile and functional. Each toy/accessory is designed around a particular individual. Some reflect light, make a noise, hide obhpjects and others feel comforting.
We were interested in ways of involving staff at the centre. The notes below are Laura Aldridges' attempts to task staff, asking them to carry on with an activity, extending the work outside of the workshops. F was weaving and wrapping objects within her workshops but the artists wanted to get her involved in making … Continue reading How do we involve staff?
When we started to work at Cherry Road there was some suspicion about artists coming in to work in a day centre. Recent changes to day centres in Midlothian had led to The John Chant Centre closing down and those people with higher support needs moving to Cherry Road Day Centre. Staff were unsure of … Continue reading Early Staff training
I've just been to Richard Telles Fine Art in Los Angeles, it's a nice commercial Gallery that my friend works in. I saw the work of an amazing artist called Judith Scott, have you heard of her? She is quite well know in the states, she is a fibre artist, and was born profoundly deaf, … Continue reading JUDITH SCOTT
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Laura and myself also collaborated on making mobile sensory walls. They're basically big MDF painted boxes, with wheels on, we painted them blue and bent some steel bar so we could hang various things. We hung reflective discs and filled them with plants. Our intention was to have them disrupt the space at the day … Continue reading Wheely walls
What can you do with a space that has become like a waiting room for a doctor's surgery? How can you make it an engaging space for individuals to not just spend time waiting for their next activity, but to experience and learn and experiment with. This is what artist Steve Hollingsworth and myself (Laura … Continue reading CHANGE CHANGE