Ordinary Art Seminar

Friday 16th February, 10.30am – 4pm

Dartington Hall

Only 0.3% of the creative industry workforce are disabled.

The Ordinary Art Seminar will explore progression routes for learning disabled young artists; with input from organisations and young artists leading the way to change.

A half-day seminar at Dartington Hall with lunch and an invite to see a ‘performance first’ at Dartington for professionals interested in creative industry progression routes for learning disabled young people; to hear from learning disabled young artists and their carers and connect with organisations wanting to improve progression routes for their client groups. The event piggy-backs the Ordinary Art Festival – an inclusive two day festival showcasing the work of learning disabled young artists from across the SW.

10.30Gather, tea/coffee available
11.00Bidwell Taiko band open the Festival
11.30Seminar / Panel (event)
1.30Lunch and networking
2.30South-West Open Youth Orchestra – the world’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra perform in Devon for the first time
3.30A celebration of the Arts Award – accesible training on the job


The panel will briefly share their stories and expertise, facilitated by Di Murray and Alison John, followed by hosting round tables looking at:
– Further education
– Work placement
– Health and Wellbeing
– Barriers to participation


Panel/round table facilitators:

Suzanne Bull (CEO Attitude is Everything and DWP sector champion for Music): Attitude is Everything improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry.
The evolving National Centre for Inclusive Excellenceworking to eliminate the existing barriers to a career in the music industry for young people with disabilities.
Mike Dieroff MD Bluescreen IT interested in exploring how best to support learning disabled young people with an interest in coding to get involved with digital industries.
Local Young Film Maker, Bryn Manning whose film ‘Supercrips’ has just been selected by Channel 4 for their Random Acts website and is soon to appear on Channel 4’s ‘Am I normal’
Sarah Croft, DWP Community Partner for Devon, Cornwall and Somerset to promote a new pilot in Devon supporting learning disabled young people in work placement and Disability Confident
Sara Baldwin, Engagement Manager at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. Sara has seven years’ experience of working within the field of disability arts, specifically working in collaboration with differently abled adults on the Funky Llama projectSara holds the strong belief that everyone has the right to a healthy social life and should have access to high quality arts provision.
Sumita Majumdar, a young musician / arts-maker who works with Swindon-based arts charity Reach Inclusive Arts.  Sumita is autistic and co-writes and co-voices for the animated TV series ‘Pablo’.
Jane Williams, Managing Director, The Turning Tides Project CIC, For equal access to music, the arts and life
Rhodri Samuel CEO of The Dartington Hall Trust – a cultural venue with economic impact committed to creating a more just and enriching world:Dartington helps directly and indirectly to support 716 FTE jobs. Most of this impact is concentrated in the South West, with £19.4m in GVA and in 597 FTE jobs
Simon Jutton Senior Manager Plan Priorities Arts Council England: With a current mandate to ‘develop skills and diversity in the arts’

The Ordinary Art Festival is a Branchline project led by Lifeworks Charity Ltd.  Reg. Office Blacklers, Park Road, Dartington, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EQ Charity No: 1054167 Registered in England & Wales; Company No: 3177139

The Branchline Partners: Play Torbay, Dance in Devon, Daisi, Soundart FM, SPLASH, Lifeworks and the Dartington Hall Trust are working collectively to enable learning disabled young people take part, progress and lead in the arts.

The Seminar is produced by art.earth on behalf of Lifeworks.