Initially run as two pilot projects by Figment Arts (in collaboration with Dave Parker.) Dave and I created a multi-sensory arts environment at Hillside Special School inspired by both sensory rooms and artists' studios. The aim was for pupils of all ages and abilities to explore autonomous mark making.
We prepared and created resources and equipment specifically designed to be engaging and accessible to Hillside pupils, who have a broad range of disabilities. Lightboxes, cameras, projectors, a giant kaleidoscope, scented paint, sand and more were presented to participants as opportunities to experiment with mark making and create unique images. The images were then projected into the space for the group to interact with and reflect on.
The equipment and some photographs of the images created by participants were exhibited at the school’s Open House as part of the Brighton Fringe 2008.
After the success of the pilots, a community version of this work was held at one of Brighton's leading live arts venues, The Basement. Cascade at The Basement was an inclusive after-school project which ran once a week for 7 weeks and ended in an interactive gallery installation.
Using Figment Arts’ innovative approach and multi-sensory equipment, an inclusive arts environment was created. A diverse range of young artists from schools across Brighton, aged 8-16, were able to access opportunities to write, perform, paint, and work with sound and animation in a safe environment supported by an experienced team of community artists and outreach workers. All participants autonomously created pieces of collaborative and solo artwork and the resulting interactive exhibition was a resounding success.
Video made by Claire Griffiths in collaboration with project participants.