Free Walking Activities for Lockdown 2021
Lockdown is back again, but we're doing what we can to support families with free resources - there are seven available now and more coming soon, so many that we've had to create a whole new page for them! Click on the picture on the left to get them all, or use the tab on the navigation bar above.
Factory Window | Luton Culture
Throughout February 2021, you'll see Julia's face on a giant screen at the Hat Factory in Luton. The short, silent film we've made is signed in Makaton and subtitled with words and picture symbols, and invites passers-by to slow down, sense and breathe.
Makaton isn't just for children, Mr Tumble or choirs on Britain's Got Talent - it's a living, breathing communication system used by adults with learning disabilities and the people who care for them too. Normalising its use and uncoupling it from music, childhood and sentimentality is really important to ensure access to culture for adults who use this signing system.
For more information about the film click here.
Digital Commission for Poplar Union
Our newest digital resource has just been released. Commissioned by Poplar Union for their Digital Arts Festival, Looking (Be Curious) is a song, video, activity pack and sensory practitioners pack responding to the theme of 'Looking Out, Looking In, Looking Up'.
The resources are intended to support big feelings through to calm. The sensory practitioner pack includes a Story Massage, dance massage and Sensology workout. For more information on these resources and how to access them for free, click here.
One Hundred Poppies Trail
Following on from our project funded by Farnham Maltings earlier this year, we created a Remembrance Day walking trail through the village of Toddington in Bedfordshire. The trail resulted in 8 miles of walks, over 150 poppies in windows, and over £900 raised for the Royal British Legion.
We also developed a sensory activity pack for 0-7s and SEND, including PMLD about poppies and Remembrance Day. This can be downloaded for free here.
Shaking The Walls
Julia recently spoke at the international Shaking The Walls conference, hosted by Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre. Her case study about developing sensory approaches to Shakespeare through 'Be Not Afeard' and in developing sensory trails around Shakespeare's New Place garden for Shakespeare Birthplace Trust was very enthusiastically received by delegates and may even lead - Covid-19 allowing - to a trip to Poland in the future to perform!
Sensory art pack for Platform 2020 Exhibition
We've just completed a sensory art pack for Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth exploring the work of artist Louise Hall, part of the Platform 2020 Graduate Art Show. With strong links to themes around Black History Month and Black Lives Matter, Louise's work uses African wax print fabrics and ragdolls to explore the New Cross house fire in which 13 black young people lost their lives. You can access this pack for free digital download, suitable for early years and SEND, including PMLD here.
Socially-distanced sensory trails for the National Maritime Museum
After speaking at an online seminar for the Family Arts Campaign about developing inclusive work during the Covid-19 pandemic, we were invited to help the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich develop a pair of family activity trails in their grounds as part of their re-opening programme. More details coming soon!
More digital projects coming soon...
Covid-19 continues to affect us and the wider theatre sector very badly, however we are remaining pro-active and have been awarded funding for some new projects, including a digital festival commission. Check back soon for more details when we're able to share them.