“Launched in 2002, Get the Message is a collaborative project between young people with learning disabilities, teachers and artists. The project aims to challenge notions of disability as a limitation through collaborative activities which champion all forms of communication and self-expression. Through encounters with contemporary art practice both in galleries and working with artists, Get the Message offers innovative approaches to working with young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
Get the Message presents an annual exhibition and programme of events for schools, teachers, families and the general public to view works produced throughout the year. The project provides creative and professional development for all participants, including training days and a mentoring scheme for artists, and CPD for teachers and arts educators. Pupils can benefit from continuation opportunities through bursary places on courses and through participating in youth activities across Camden Arts Centre’s Education programme.”
The workshop leaders and students will use the exhibitions and their experiences from visits to Camden Arts Centre as a starting point for creating artwork. The year of ‘Get the message’ will culminate with an exhibition of students’ work and a series of events at Camden Arts Centre in July 2017.
After a whole year working with Andrew here is what Gemma Wright, Camden Arts Centre’s head of Education had to say.
Working with Andrew in the team demonstrated how our working structures relied on paperwork, emails, and written plans as well as lengthy, talkative meetings. To make these meetings more accessible, we spoke less and made more. Our meetings have become creative, active and responsive, with visual aids, a lot of materials, numbered agendas and photographs of the workshop plans. By making the meetings and our structures more accessible for Andrew, we have actually made them more accessible and enjoyable for all involved.
Gemma Wright, Camden Arts Centre’s Head of Education
Read Gemma Wright’s full article here
Image: Andrew Omoding by Trevor Marchand