Arty Party Pop Up – Night Club Event

Calling all Arty Party Members!!!!!!

Arty Party is holding a Night Club Event at Castle Farm Community Centre on Friday 26th July from 7pm til 9.30pm.

Read a poem, sing, dance, or simply enjoy the evening with your friends. There will be a raffle, with great prizes too!386951_326131804068597_516873663_n

The event will be hosted by our very own
Arty Party Able Events Team.

Call Julie Watson and the Team for more information: 07970451933

This event has been funded by the BIG LOTTERY



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

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: 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 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