Across a three-week period in November and December 2013, we delivered a one-day staff awareness workshop and four days of practical workshops (two sessions per day) based in the DLWP studio, the gallery spaces and surrounding spaces.
The staff awareness workshop launched an ambitious collaboration project between the DLWP, Project Art Works and people who have complex needs and their support networks. It was designed to introduce staff teams at the DLWP to the key concepts of the project and to prepare them for direct and creative work between staff, Project Art Works artists and young people and adults who have severe intellectual disability; and who will have an increasing, inclusive and positive presence at the DLWP for the duration of the collaboration and beyond.
The New Collaborations project aimed to promote inclusive, visual art and cultural opportunities for young people aged between 16 and 25 years old who have severe intellectual disability and complex needs in the southeast region (East Sussex, Milton Keynes and Brighton and Hove). Stage 1 of the project took place at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, during November and December 2013. Stage 2 of the project took place at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, in March 2014. Stage 3 of the project took place at Fabrica, Brighton, in June 2014.
The New Collaborations project was funded through a grant from Artswork/Bridge SE and additional support through Project Art Works from the Monument Trust.