On Tuesday 14th October The Turning Tides Project were at the Creative Minds Conference @Bristol. Creative Minds is a forum for debating what 'quality' means when applied to the artistic work of people who have 'learning disability' labels. It was an awesome conference we spent the day sharing the performances and listening to the views of loads of 'disability arts' organisations form across the South West.
We also did an hour's presentation about The Turning Tides Project - show casing our own examples of instrumental music, songs and film. We used these to tell stories and talk about how original work is developed, what we think makes it good quality, what we think the barriers to accessing music, arts and life are for people with 'learning disability' labels and what we think should be done to remove them.
The atmosphere was amazing, the day was filled with memorable moments and a film that will enable you to share them will be available soon and linked form The Turning Tides web site.
The Brighton Creative Minds Steering Group did a wicked presentation: until the film arrives you can get a flavour of it from their Powerpoint Slides at the start of this blog.
To paraphrase the wisdom of Roald Dahl's BFG, 'Music is like a langwitch... its the sound that dreams are making'.
Everyone who dreams has music - it's time that everyone's music was heard; Its time to start the revolution.
Written by Jane Williams
Long time no speak! We've all been terribly busy here at The Turning Tides Project... So busy in fact that no blogs have been written and I need to update the website and events and everything... but, hey, one thing at a time...
One thing that some of you may have noticed (if you do your shopping at Waitrose in Okehampton) is that The Turning Tides Project is part of their Community Matters box! How cool is that! There is of course two other local causes that are there too (I'm really sorry but I don't know what they are and should really find out).
If you've not heard of the Community Matters box before, the Waitrose website describes it as, 'At the end of your shop in branch, you’ll receive a token to place in a box of the good cause you’d most like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 (£500 in Convenience shops) between 3 local good causes that you choose'.
So, if you get a chance change your entire shopping routine and go to Waitrose. I hear they do more than just the Community Matter box... apparently they sell food too!
Oh and because I'm feeling super helpful, click here for their opening times
Written by Dom Palfreman