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



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!

Free drop in workshops at the Deadly Serious Exhibition

The Deadly Serious exhibition takes place at Blists Hill Victorian Town, at the Old Ticket Office from Saturday 28th May to Wednesday 1st June, and we’re running some fantastic free workshops that will be open to members of the public.

Saturday 28th May, 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm
Nationally recognised painter Tanya Raabe, previously a lead artist with Arty Party, is taking a break from finishing her big show to come back to Arty Party for one day only! Members of the public are invited to sit down and join Tanya in drawing some the Work+play group who will be dressed in Victorian costumes.

Tuesday 31st May, 1pm to 5pm
Artist Julie Watson, who has worked with Arty Party for many years, is inviting members of the public to join in to help create a huge mural of a Victorian garden, she will be joined by members of the Work+play team.

Some great chances for a bit of fun, to improve your drawing skills and create some art! No booking necessary – just drop in.

The Launch Party for Unhindered & Deadly Serious!

Tonight’s a big night for Arty Party – we’re combining one of our fabulous social nights with the launch party for ‘Unhindered and Deadly Serious’, a series of exhibitions that we’re putting on across Telford over this week and next. You can find all the info on the 3 exhibitions on our ‘Exhibitions’ page.

Hope all Arty Party members will be joining us for lots of fun, live music and dancing!

7pm – 9.30pm at Blists Hill Victorian Town.

Unhindered & Deadly Serious

3 exhibitions across Telford by Learning Disabled Artists

A selection of work produced over the last 3 years from the Work+Play visual arts programme

Wednesday 25th May – Saturday 11th June 2011
Galleries Live, Central Square, Telford Town Centre.
Open: Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. 

The Olive Tree Wine Bar, 29 High Street, Ironbridge.
Open:  Monday to Sunday 10am – 7pm

‘Deadly Serious’
An installation exploring Victorian life from a Learning Disabled viewpoint
Saturday 28th May – Wednesday 1st June 2011

Old Ticket Office, Blists Hill Victorian Town, Legges Way, Coalport. Open 11.00am to 5.00pm

FREE ENTRY to all exhibitions

Arty Party’s animation ‘Let Me In’ goes on the road.

‘Let me in’ ,the fantastic animation you can view at the bottom of our homepage, has been shown to audiences in Wolverhampton, Oxford and Texas USA  this month.
The animation was received with much laughter and applause at , The Flip festival , Wolverhampton, The Flash Forward festival in Oxford and at Cinema Touching Disability in Austin, Texas. In Texas the animation was awarded third prize in the short film category, well done all members of Arty Party that worked so hard to create this animation and special thanks to Neil Webber who made such a fantastic job of bringing all the ideas, experiances and drawings to life.