CARIAD’s Leah and Wendy were delighted to attend the Creative Minds conference in @Bristol today. The day was packed with thought provoking and challenging talks, interactive activities and sharing of new ideas relating to arts and disability. The event showcased the work of leading arts organisations, educators, businesses and charities, specialising in working with people with learning difficulties. These included Disability Arts Cymru, Outside In, Carousel, OpenStoryTellers, Magpie, DanceVoice, Turning Tides and many many more check out the Creative Minds website for full listings, www.creativemindsproject.org.uk.
There was lots of debate, including issues of quality in the arts working with people with learning difficulties, and balancing corporate sponsorship and expectations with pure creativity in art making. The day also showcased the work of local artists with disabilities, new research and funding opportunities. CARIAD discussed many of their latest projects and discussed many new collaborations and potential projects! Thanks for the invite Creative Minds – cant wait to see the films and outcomes from the day and looking forward to working with you in future!
Delighted to announce that Leah has been successful in her latest funding bid to work with special need teachers from Exeter House School and AnalysisPro! ProEngagementCoding will be developing new work and templates from our first collaboration with the project ProFoundCoding. The group will be seeking to extend their reach by designing a series of templates and to begin evaluations of the templates in action, a call for some volunteers will be going out soon!
Leah was delighted to be invited to Touch Trusts Partnership Planning day as the organisation moves forward into a new era. A new board of trustees have been appointed, Simon Carnell and Adele Gilmour from Scope have been appointed as new trustees. The day was a celebration of all things Touch Trust, and we discussed some of the ways and opportunities CARIAD might be able to collaborate with the charity as it enters into a new phase. We are delighted to be a part of such an iconic organisation and a truly special place helping individuals across Wales and the world. Looking forward to the future.
Leah met up with Luke from Cardiff Voluntary Services Cardiff this week when he asked her to appear on their volunteering broadcast to talk about her latest project Breaking Bread. She talked about recent innovations with CARIAD and new plans to extend her recent successful workshops.
Leah has received some extended funding from Cardiff Met Alumni and development fund in the interim and the Breaking Bread team are exploring new opportunities. Watch this space! We shared our air time with @BulliesOut an award winning Charity providing help and support to people and organisations affected by bullying.
Thanks Luke, really enjoyed it and looking forward to working with you in the future 🙂 You can listen to the cast here http://www.mixcloud.com/CardiffInAction/
CARIAD were honoured to receive an invite from filmmaker Clary Saddler to participate in a fund raising event for MACMILLAN Cancer support. She hosted a Mini film festival at Gwdihw pub and venue in Cardiff. http://gwdihw.co.uk/category/events/ The event was a huge success raising hundreds for a worthy cause and also networking and putting creative people in touch with one another over a drink and song.
Please if you have a moment show your support here. http://www.justgiving.com/Clary-Saddler1 CARIAD were able to show some of their videos with artists working through the medium of ceramics filmed as a part of Leah Mc Laughlin’s PhD research project ‘The ways moving-images reveal ceramic artists interactions with their materials’. We also showed new CARIAD promotional materials from recent events for example our launch at the Senedd. See more details of the day and how you can become involved here: https://www.facebook.com/CardiffsMiniFilmFestival?v=wall&filter=2