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Date

Sep 29 2020

Time

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Extracurricular: Embracing Neurodiversity – working differently, and with differences

Extracurricular is a series of sessions which will give you the opportunity to learn more about different jobs in the arts, sharing of artistic pathways, journeys and resources.

Vicky is an Access Champion with over 20 years of experience exploring inclusive ways to work. JoAnne Haines is a learning disabled artist who has been performing professionally since 2011.

Embracing Neurodiversity – working differently, and with differences session will include:

  • Learning about disability-led work which will focus on JoAnne speaking about her creative journey and her project, Colourful
  • Terminology – how inclusive is your work space in learning about language?
  • Getting the support right – what does the “right” “appropriate” empowering support look like?

JoAnne Haines is a learning disabled artist who has been performing professionally since 2011. She has toured both nationally and internationally with Mind the Gap Theatre Company and her recent work includes: a little space (2019/20) national tour, in collaboration with Gecko Theatre; the lead role in ZARA (2019), a giant outdoor spectacle exploring learning disability and parenthood in collaboration with Walk the Plank; Mia (2016-18), three national tours and run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017. She also appeared as the main character in an episode of BBC’s Doctors. JoAnne is especially interested in sensory work, and regularly co-facilitates Totally Arts – a multisensory arts course for adults with learning disabilities. Colour Full, funded by Unlimited, was JoAnne’s first independent project, exploring art and movement, and she intends to develop this project further.

Vicky Ackroyd is an Access Champion with over 20 years of experience exploring inclusive ways to work. She trained in stage management, worked in rep for a while and then spent 10 years with the BBC before deciding that theatre was her first love. After retrained as a teacher, she worked for 10 years in the Performing Arts department of a Further Education college which is where her passion for inclusive practice began.

Vicky joined Mind the Gap Theatre Company, as their Director of Learning and Skills before setting up a social enterprise, Purple Patch Arts which she led for 8 years, that delivered creative education to over 150 participants with learning disabilities a week across Yorkshire. In 2016 she won the Trainer Award at the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards. Vicky began audio describing 11 years ago, and now regularly describes for theatre, dance and art exhibitions across the north. In 2017 Vicky set up Totally Inclusive People and now works with lots of different creative organisations championing access.

Cost? FREE!

Where and when? Tuesday 29th September @ 6pm – 7:30pm 

Via Zoom (an online meeting platform that you can access through your computer, tablet or smartphone, a bit like Skype or facetime). When you sign up below we’ll send you all the details about how to join.

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This workshop is part of Bradford Producing Hub’s ‘Extracurricular’ programme – a series of online sessions to support creatives in the district. If you have any further questions please email [email protected] 

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