On 20th July we’ll be hosting a symposium at Studio 24 to discuss the issues and barriers that exist for artists with learning disabilities, and what we might be able to do together to overcome those barriers. The questions we’ll be asking are:
Question1: What are the barriers holding back learning disabled artists from being out in the mainstream more?
Question 2: How can we use our influence to create more opportunities in venues, and what are the problems that are stopping the venues?
Question 3: Are learning disabled artists and organisations really included in the debates around diversity or are we just clumped together when people talk about about disability but not as valued as much as physically disabled artists are?
Question 4: How can we create change more quickly?
You can contribute to the discussion in advance of the symposium by chatting to us on facebook or twitter and book your free symposium tickets by clicking here. (These links will all open in a new window.)
We’re highly delighted to announce that Ultimate Thunder will be performing a short set in the early evening of our launch event on Thursday 18th June.
Ultimate Thunder are a Leeds based heavy metal band. They started around 4 years ago and they play all original material that they write on a weekly basis. To date they have supported The Fish Police, played at the Morley Christmas lights switch on, and played countless rocking gigs across Yorkshire with other great heavy metal bands.
They are heavily influenced by Iron Maiden, Metallica, Nirvana and The Fall. Their shows are often wild and highly unpredictable as they often play free form making up songs as they go. Four of the members happen to have a learning disability and they aim to empower other people with disabilities and encourage them to get involved with music or anything creative. Ultimate Thunder are supported by People In Action, who provide a tutor and rehearsal space for the band.
On facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ultimate.thunder.pia