We are all thrilled that Somability has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2015 Accolades. This week we met the judges, who had the opportunity to see Somability in action at the Gadlys Learning Curve Day Centre in Aberdare.
The our hard work in rehearsals and development paid off and everyone rose to the occasion. Each of the sequences – Call and response, Flow, Mirror and Space – enabled the performers to reach new levels of dynamic interaction. The Raspberry Pi delivered, thanks to James and we are now preparing to use the code with some new partners in SEN schools in South Wales. We will be back at Arts Depot on 25th and 26th April, working on a new project with Noah’s Ark children’s hospice.
Inspired by What the Body Does Not Remember, performed by Ultima Vez, we used some of the Raspberry Pi prototypes to try out themes of risk and relationships. The young dancers worked with Tamsin Griffiths and Cariad Interactive at the Sherman Theatre over three days to deliver a totally energetic and compelling performance.
Thanks to the Creative Exchange Wales Network for hosting their latest showcase event, experts from industry, Welsh Government and the BBC attended to give advice and support recent projects.
Leah presented on several of her projects which have received CEWN support, including iMagine, Breaking Bread and ProFoundCoding. She spoke of scaling up plans for Breaking Bread and the video tagging project in progress, aiming to improve teachers understanding of children with profound and complex learning and communication difficulties. More details about the event can be viewed here.
Congratulations to recent Cardiff Met graduate Daniel Marshall for winning the rising star award at the prestigious Elektra Awards in London last week.
Daniel worked with CARIAD on his award winning Empathy project – designing for children with autism. The full project can be seen on his website.
Daniel impressed the panel with his enthusiasm, originality and overall commitment to designing for real
people and real world problems! Well done Daniel and best of luck for the future, we hope to work with you again!
Thanks to everybody at Trinity Project Splott for hosting such a special event for Children In Need day last week. CARIAD gave a mini Breaking Bread session and connected with the Communities First Cluster in Splott and Adamstown and the legendary No Fit State Circus to discuss additional collaborations and projects.
The event was a huge success and preempts the emerging Trinity Project as a crucial community based hub for creativity, arts and intergenerational activities and events in Wales now and in the future. Exciting times ahead
Thanks to AnalysisPro and teachers Andrew Walker and Rachel Woodhouse for working with us over the past few months to develop our latest video tagging templates. The project won additional funding from CEWN to create new templates based around concepts of engagement to tag video sessions of children with profound and complex learning and communication difficulties. We will be releasing the template shortly along with instructions on ways to use and interpret the template for teachers in special schools. We will be adding the latest templates and information to our resource and website, ProFoundCoding which we released over the summer.
We spoke about the project at a recent CEWN special showcase event at the University of South Wales, Trefforest where we pitched the next stages to create new employment opportunities in special schools for Performance Analysis. Watch this space 🙂
Thanks to everybody for attending our showcase event at the Wales Millennium Centre especially the staff and service users from the Gladys Resource Centre at Aberdare for creating such a memorable performance. Thanks also to Touch Trust, CEWN, SIP and all of our other supporters for making the past two years so memorable and successful.