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


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 conquer public spaces in Prague !

Arty Party performer Mervyn Bradley, performance director Ray Jacobs and creative advocate Richard Edwards will be sharing some of Arty Party’s works and working methods at the Conquering Public Spaces Festival in Prague, from the 9th to the 13th of November.

We hope that as well as enjoying the animation ‘Let Me In’ , festival participants will gain insight and inspiration from our workshop  which is about creating an open space where themes, stories and expression can flow out from a group during improvisation based workshops.

In the festivals own words

‘ Over twenty organisations from all over Europe will present themselves at the conference , organisations that are living proof of the fact that people with learning disabilities can and do create music, radio, films, documentaries, visual art, theatre and dance performance at a professional level. The conference will be about best practise in creative work with people with learning disabilities.

More details about this exciting conference can be found on www.inventura.org



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!