Participants

An A-Z of the festival participants (please note this page is under construction):

Art Matters is part of the mental health charity Richmond Fellowship. The studio is a centre of wellbeing, mindfulness and growth, providing an individual, person centred and supportive environment to explore creativity.
Art Matters will exhibiting in DAiSY Unearthed and will be running workshops.

Artventure’s Studio is situated in the grounds of St Peter’s Secondary School in Merrow.  Adults with learning difficulties work alongside professional, practising artists and volunteers in all areas of the visual arts.

Cranstock Day Services are based in the Woking and Camberley areas of Surrey, and offer a selection of creative arts groups, including art, sculpture, sensory art, card & jewellery making, photography and dance.

Creative Response. Based in Farnham, Creative Response is an arts-related organisation working with people who experience severe and enduring mental distress.

Dramatize uses theatre and movement to offer a supportive and vibrant environment as a building block for personal development and exploring new skills. They provide a wide range of theatrical workshops catering for both adults and children with learning disabilities, as well as working with many schools and organisations across Surrey.

FRB. Firestone Rock Band, reportedly one of the six most influential disabled rock bands in the UK,  have played from Leeds to the Eden Project and most places in between. Song writing, Sound beam, drumming, IT music  – all part of the work they do with schools and in the community.

The Freewheelers Theatre Company brings disabled and non-disabled actors and supporters, production teams and the local community together. We like to work collaboratively, surprise people and challenge perceptions. We don’t like barriers, rules or conventions.
The Freewheelers will be performing live on Friday and Saturday evenings and screening various films throughout the festival.

Gary Thomas is a writer, Director and artist. He has made 9 short films and his work has been funded by Arts Council England, Screen South, Dada-South and Unltd. He has written blogs for Disability arts online, Limpingchicken.com & the time to change website.
Gary’s one man play ‘Hidden’ will be performed on Friday lunchtime.

Jon Adams’ work includes themes of hidden disability, positive dyslexia and Aspergers awareness combined with a subversive and/or geological context. Hi work draws upon a wide range of materials and processes including photography, video, sound recording and digital sound and visual manipulation, 3D installations, traditional sculpture and illustration.
Jon’s work will feature in DAiSY Unearthed from 4 – 27 April.

Lockwood Day Services. The Arts at Lockwood can offer adults with learning disabilities an inclusive, contemporary and expressive arts programme. Their personalised approach enables people to reach their full potential to exhibition and performance standard.

Ochre Print Studio, based at the Lockwood centre in Guildford is an open access print studio, welcoming and encouraging artists and printmakers of all abilities to engage in the creative process of printmaking.

Orpheus provides unique opportunities for young disabled adults with a passion for the creative arts, promoting transition and personal development through the arts so students gain the skills to live independently in the community and to make informed choices about their futures.

Sculptit is a small arts organisation specialising in sculpture, based near Godalming, offering offer weekly group sessions for adults with learning disabilities, 1:1 creative therapy sessions for people who have suffered brain injuries as well as supporting children with disabilities to attend holiday clubs.

Starstruck Theatre Company are a group of service users from Fairways Day Service for Adults with Learning disabilities, who enjoy all aspects of theatre. Their thirty members meet every Friday to develop acting, singing and dance skills, and produce a show annually, performed in a local theatre.

StopGAP Dance Company is the UK’s leading integrated company for dancers with and without disabilities.The company has unparalleled experience in integrated dance; tours nationally and internationally and is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.
StopGAP will be performing on Saturday evening.

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