Arty Party Newsletter June 2013


R E G I S T E R E D   C H A R I T Y  No  :  1142517


We’re Back! Welcome to Arty Party’s Newsletter for Summer 2013, keeping you informed about new projects and upcoming events.

NEW OPPORTUNITY – Calling all Event Organisers! Great news, we’ve got funding from the Big Lottery to run a new project called the Able Events Project .

We are looking for 8 Arty Party Members to be involved.  You will be trained to organise and run 3 special social events for Arty Party over the next 9 months.

If you would like to take part in this project, please fill in the application form at the end of this newsletter and bring this with you to one of our recruitment evenings at Park Lane Centre, Woodside on:

Monday 1st July 2.00- 4.30pm


Weds 3rd July 5.30-8.00pm

The training and event planning will take place at Park Lane Centre during holiday periods. To find out more about this exciting opportunity please phone Julie Watson on 07970451933.


Arty Party Artists in National Art Exhibition. We were delighted to report in the last newsletter, that artwork by Alison Picknell and John Sprint was selected by a national ‘Outside In’ art competition.

Their work is being shown at Compton Verney Art Gallery in Warwick. All Alison and John’s art work has been sold! A group of us went with John and Alison to see the exhibition.


The exhibition runs until December. Find out more information at  &





Next Arty Party Social night


7.00pm – 9.30pm, Friday 26th July

Calling all performers! Are you part of a drama group, do you enjoy telling stories or reading poetry, or have you a dance or movement piece you would like to share?


Come along to Arty Party’s next social night, where we are going to have an open platform for you to perform.





Performance and Media Training Course

For 9 months, the 10 trainees on our Performance and Media Course run by Ray Jacobs and funded by the ESF, have learned amazing new skills.

Sean and Georgie Radio

Trainees have performed with and without scripts, made radio jingles, interviewed the public and even presented Arty Party radio programmes!

The trainees now have lots of confidence as well as experience of working in performance and media.

To  see and hear their work, visit


News about the Arty Party Team

The Team – made up of the Arty Party Staff, Board and Members Committee, continue to work hard to raise funds to run exciting new Arty Party projects.

Rebecca Owen will be stepping down as Company Manager at the end of June but will continue to work with Arty Party on fundraising activities.  We would like to thank her for all her hard work over the last 3 years.

We are delighted to welcome two new members onto our Board of Trustees.  Paul Tudor, our new Treasurer,  and Jan Bridges, Erika’s  mum, who loves Arty Party activities and runs a business in Shrewsbury Indoor Market. They join Julia Dean-Richards, Jamie O’Neil and Mike Jones, who were voted onto the Board at the AGM in November.


 Arty Party office

We have moved our  Office to

Park Lane Centre, Park Lane, Woodside, Telford, TF7 5QZ.

Our new telephone number is 01952 327227

For further information please contact Arty Party: Telephone: 01952 327227, email: or visit our website:


We are a group of over 100 people with learning disabilities, meeting in Telford and Shropshire to explore, perform, create and celebrate art

Visit our Performance and Media Training creative blog !

Every Monday, ten arty party members have been working hard on the performance and media training course.
The training in performance skills, script writing, interview technique, aims to introduce the trainees to the skills needed to work in the performance and media industry. We have started a blog to showcase the creative work on this course please artyparty to see and comment on what we have been doing.






A new Arty Party project is getting ready for lift off !

Arty Party is excited to announce that it will be running a year long Performance and Media Training course for ten learning disabled participants.We have been awarded a grant from the European Social Fund, through the Community Foundation for Shropshire & Telford.

The course, based at The Park Lane Centre, in Woodside, will be running on Mondays from September 2012 . We will train ten selected learning disabled people in the skills needed to perform on stage, TV, film and radio.

Students will work on professional shows and projects in order to get lots of experience in the areas that they are most interested in. This includes things like acting, dance, media skills, and Front of House work.

Being on the Performance and media training course will also help students grow in confidence and get better at communication and team working.

How do I apply to join?

Full details can be found on the Performance and Media Training page


Arty Party performers start work on the new M21 !

Seven Arty Party performers spent a day working alongside performance artist Alan Mclean to devise and create work for M21, an exciting live art event, taking place in Much Wenlock in May. The work created will form part of a performance art piece by Alan Mclean entitled ‘Searching for Tony Mustoe’

Ricky, Graham, Nathan, Mervyn, Sean, Ray and Richard under the guidance of Alan Mclean explored all the ways a simple piece of paper can be folded, flown, worn, ripped and transformed to become part of a live art performance.

We then explored devising performance pieces in small groups making works to share involving our paper creations and inhabiting different spaces, including inside a tent, behind some curtains and along the entire length of the hall.

Performer Nathan Campbell commented  ‘ It was great trying out lots of creative ideas , so much came from just a simple piece of paper’ he continued ‘ It was good to be back with Arty Party and be part of a team, putting up a tent together, performing and sharing banter and laughter’ .

The group will be devising and rehearsing for a further three days in May before performing on Sunday 6th of May.

M21 is an exciting live art event present by DASH taking place on the 5th and 6th of May in Much Wenlock for full details visit  www.m21dash


Arty Party’s Electro Swing Night 11 November 2011

Thanks to everyone who came to the Arty Party’s Electro Swing night on Friday and made it such a great evening. As it was Armistice Day we went back in time to the 1940’s and enjoyed an evening dancing to swing and jazz music together with a wartime supper of spam sandwiches! Lots of people dressed up to make it a special occasion wearing military uniforms or dinner jackets. Some of our Arty Party female members came as Land Girls or nurses while others got very dressed up in tea dresses or evening gowns worn with very elegant accessories. See more pictures on Arty Party’s Facebook page.

Arty Party Sponsored Swim Sunday 21st August

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Arty Party Sponsored Swim on Sunday 21st August. A team of 14 members and staff volunteered to take the challenge of swimming 2 miles in one hour at Madeley Court Swimming Pool. That’s 164 lengths of the pool. With Ricky Owens acting as official starter some of the strongest swimmers went first and the target hit within 25 minutes ! The team went on to swim 478 lengths in total by the end of the hour. Vicki Addison and Becky Smith both swam over one mile each so well done to them. Many thanks to the Lap Counters who made sure every length swam was recorded and a huge ‘thank you’ to the swimming team for their fantastic efforts. We will let everyone know how much money was raised shortly.

Visit ‘Unhindered’ at Galleries Live in Telford

Come and visit the Unhindered exhibition! On now until Saturday 11th June. It’s a selection of work produced over the last 3 years from the Work+play visual arts programme. You can find us at Galleries Live, Central Square in Telford Town Centre, come in and have a look next time you’re out shopping!

Open Wednesdays to Saturdays 10am to 4pm.

News from Deadly Serious at Blists Hill…

The Deadly Serious exhibition is going well, we’ve had over 200 visitors so far! If you get the chance to come and see us this afternoon you could get involved in our second free workshop and help create a giant textile mural of a Victorian garden.
1pm – 5pm. No booking necessary, just drop in anytime!

You’ll find us at the old ticket office, next to the main car park at Blists Hill Victorian Town, Legges Way, Madeley (follow the brown tourist signs!). Don’t worry if you can’t make it today, the exhibition is still open tomorrow!