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Project information

Summer Workshops 2012

Summer Workshops is an innovative project that focuses on children and young people with complex needs, their relationships with parents and other family members and with other non-learning disabled peers. Working alongside professional artists exploring and making art.

July 2012 - August 2012

Charity information: Project Art Works

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  • Need


    For children with complex needs, their disadvantage is often compounded during school breaks, which can be extremely isolating and lonely. Families can find it very hard to access appropriate community activities, particularly if they have disabled and non-disabled siblings. Subsequently, during school
    breaks, children with complex needs may present symptoms of a lack of stimulation and boredom that is beyond their ability to control/overcome.


    Summer Workshops offers a programme of high quality creative workshops to benefit children aged 4-19 with complex needs.
    We will work with 7 severely learning disabled children per session, accompanied by siblings,families/carers. The children will be given a unique opportunity to work on a 1:1 basis with specialist practicing artists. The difference we make is to create workshops where children with even the most complex disabilities feel they belong, and are able to shape their environment.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    increased opportunities for children with complex needs and siblings to express themselves


    » Our artists will use a wide range of art and media techniques including film/video to engage and connect with the children.

    What success will look like

    Through on-going evaluation and responsive artist engagement we will record the changes/impact on individual children.

    Aim 2

    increased opportunities for children with complex needs, and particularly those who are non-verbal


    » Our artists will enhance the children's experience and learning of their environment using projections and sounds.

    What success will look like

    The project is recognised as vital by parents/carers of children with complex needs. There is very little provision for families to engage in inclusive art practise.

    Aim 3

    to reduce feelings of isolation, lack of stimulation and boredom felt during school breaks


    » This project delivers a unique opportunity for families who have a child with complex needs to work 1:1 with visual artists.

    What success will look like

    Parents and children write, draw, film, express non-verbal feedback throughout the sessions. This is used to continually evolve the project to ensure we maximise engagement.

    Aim 4

    enable families to take risks together and to explore the potential learning of their disabled child


    » Our experienced artistic team encourage families to explore new materials and methods of engaging with each other to challenge pre-conceptions.

    What success will look like

    Parents Quote
    ‘It’s so good for G. to do something productive in the holidays. I never thought he would paint for an hour!!! Lovely people to work with. Can’t wait to come back’

  • Impact


    Over the past 15 years, Project Art Works has developed and refined unparalleled techniques to maximise the impact the visual arts can have on enabling communication, learning and expression among extremely vulnerable individuals.
    We strive towards innovation and high quality visual art concepts that align with the political and social contexts of disability. Through a high quality programme of projects, publications, films and exhibitions we seek to foster understanding and tolerance.


    The main risk to this project is insufficient funds to run the project. This would impact hugely on the families who use the service.
    We are sending out funding applications to raise the funds required.


    We'll write a report at the end of the project to the funders, including parents/children's feedback and quotes.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,671

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,535 Artistic Fees Planning/ preparation/delivery of 16 sessions
      £2,100 Art Materials, Equipment paint, paper, canvas, film, disposable hoist slings, van hire, fuel, cleaning
      £836 ArchivingMarketing/hospitality Preparing and delivering Accessible information/ hospitality.Photography storage of work
      £3,200 Project Management administration/planning/facilitation/recruitment/report writing/ dissemination/ Evaluation/monitorin
  • Background


    Hastings ranks as the 19th worst borough on the Indices of Deprivation. Through Summer Workshops we can offer a fully supported and welcoming ‘community’ in which to engage that is cost free for participants and their


    This year our aim is to build connections with young people from the wider community by testing an off-site series of workshops. In partnership with In2Play at Ore Valley Adventure Playground. Set in the heart of Hastings the site offers the opportunity for children to experience the freedom of more challenging play activities in a wild natural landscape. We will encourage the regular attendees to the playground to collaborate with our learning disabled participants in a supported environment.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Project Art Works has 15 years of experience in creating visual arts projects for individuals with profound intellectual disabilities and multiple impairments. We specialise in working with individuals who have the highest support needs.
    They are often non-verbal and unable to cognitively assimilate their experiences. Our highly skilled artists enable them access to a vital alternative language, which helps them make sense of and be able to communicate their experiences

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tim Corrigan

    Tim has been involved as a freelance artist with project art works for 13years. His experience is vital to drive forward non-verbal interaction.