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

Arty Party Review – Celebrate Me! Event 2012

Arty Party Members with their certificates.

Arty Party Members with their certificates.

A very big thank you to the Basil Houghton Memorial Trust for funding Arty Party’s Celebrate Me! event 2012.

The event was a fun filled night of Arty Party magic. This was a great evening for our Members and their friends to shout out loud and celebrate the wonderful things they did in 2012.

Held at Castle Farm Community Centre, the event, attended by around sixty Arty Party Members, was full of sparkle. Arty Party Members and friends were invited to get in touch about something they were proud to have achieved in 2012.

Leading up to the event, we held two Celebrate Me! workshops at a Telford day centre, attended by twenty learning disabled adults, to encourage people to think about their achievements during 2012.

Thirty-six people told us about the special things they did. Achievements included gaining independence by learning to use the bus, learning to knit, starring in a film and travelling to Moscow where it was shown, taking part in an aerobatic stunt flight to raise money for charity, and overcoming fear to learn to swim.

All Achievers were presented with an Arty Party Celebrate Me! Certificate.

We asked Fiona Williams, from Taking Part, to choose seven achievements which deserved a medal. Fiona found it hard to choose and we are very grateful for her help. The seven winners were Basil Capp, Sam Rogers, Robert Checkley, Cherylanne Maddy, Mervyn Bradley, Rebecca Smith and Mandy Freeman. They were each presented with an engraved Arty Party Gold Star medal.

Later, there was music and dancing, with DJ David Rickard assisted by Arty Party Member Jason.

Arty Party’s Performance and Media group interviewed people at the event. You can listen to the interviews on our blog: http://artypartyblog.com. As you will see when you visit our Gallery, we took lots of photographs too (thanks to Mitch Morgan for this).

Note to sponsors: this event was such a success that the Arty Party Members Committee has asked to run a similar event in 2013. We very much hope you will support us!

Celebrate Me !

Yay, at last, a fun filled night of Arty Party magic !

Celebrate Me ! will be exactly that, an evening to shout out loud and boast about the wonderful things that you have done in 2012.

Dress in your best, celebrate with friends and dance dance dance !

All the usual facilities including drinks, nibbles, and home made entertainment will be available.

On Friday December 14th, 7.30pm – 10pm at Castle Farm Community Centre, Hadley, Telford TF1 5NL

Tickets are £5

Please contact us on 01952 327227 if you would like support with transport.

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 blog.com to see and comment on what we have been doing.






Picnic in the Park

Come along to Dale End Park, Coalbrookdale for an Arty Party afternoon of food and festivities on Tuesday 28th August between 1pm-4pm. Please bring some food to share (or a packed lunch), any games and musical instruments you’d like to play. Dale End Park (postcodce TF8 7DS) is situated on Buildwas Road , Coalbrookdale heading out of Ironbridge past Merrythought Factory. There is a car park next to the park and we will meet there, next to the children’s play area at 1pm. Please let us know that you are coming. We are not arranging transport but if you are unable to get there contact Julie Watson or phone Arty Party office 01952 327227 and we will try and sort out a lift for you.

We will be meeting near the children's play area next to Dale End Car Park at 1pm

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


Watch ‘Let Me In’ with other brilliant films made by learning disabled people on the BBC website ‘The Space’.

Oska Bright Film Festival is showing the films from its 2011 festival on ‘The Space’ website. Its a fantastic opportunity to watch these films, including our very own ‘Let Me In’.

Let us know which Oska Bright Film you like the best, click on the title of this post to open it and then click here to watch the films

Arty Party at the M21 festival

Below are great pics of Arty Party performers in action at the M21 Festival. From left to right there is Graham the dark sculpture, Sean the bird, and Ricky and the wall. Below these are, a close up of Sean the bird, Mervyn in the great water pistol fight and The Tents With Legs. Many thanks to the performance artist Alan Mclean who worked with the performers to create the work and musician Sam Harrison.

Photography by Mitch Morgan

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