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New Exhibition: Beyond All Barriers
Thursday, 26 Nov 2015
A quarter of disabled people have experienced attitudes where other people have expected less of them because of their disability and 36% of people admit to thinking that disabled people are not as productive as others. Award-winning creative arts charity Create is tackling such negative assumptions by providing opportunities for people of different abilities to collaborate and enabling those with disabilities, including those with autism, learning difficulties, multiple and profound disabilities, to excel.
Throughout November and December, Create is showcasing participants’ work by presenting a multi-arts exhibition Beyond at KPMG’s headquarters in Canary Wharf. This features sculptures, photography, collages, short films and a mural all designed by young people with and without disabilities from 12 schools and a community groups that have taken part in Create’s national creative:connection programme during 2014 and 2015. The young artists will be attending a Private View at KPMG on Thursday 3 December. This coincides with International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which has a theme this year of ‘access and empowerment of people of all abilities’.
Over the last year, Create’s creative:connection programme has brought together 351 young people with disabilities with 152 non-disabled young people from nearby comprehensive schools for high-quality creative activities led by its professional artists. Some of the creative highlights that will be on display at Beyond include: a three-part mural that tells the story of a dragon re-discovering its fire; photo-collage My World that brings together different life experiences and values to create a shared understanding; a series of photographs exploring optimism and strength; and some dynamic portraits of young people with autism. The sculptures include cityscapes populated with characters of different shapes and sizes; figure sculptures that depict actions of friendship and learning; and a ‘bird hotel’ designed to inspire new artwork for Milton Keynes’ redway network of off-road walkways and cycle paths. Short films created by the young people will be screened throughout the building, including an animation about a ball of plasticine that takes over the world by transforming into different shapes.
By designing and producing artworks together, the young people who have taken part are leading the way in demonstrating the benefits of positive relations between people with and without disabilities. By also offering creative workshops specifically tailored for young people with autism, learning difficulties, multiple and profound disabilities, Create is enabling them to fulfil their potential, developing new skills and relationships.
Nicky Goulder, Co-Founder & Chief Executive of Create commented, “These young people have excelled both in their creative ideas and in their understanding and acceptance of everyone’s abilities. It has been inspiring to see how well the participants have worked together, and giving young people the opportunity to diversify their social groups and increase their knowledge of disability is helping to create a society that is fairer, more caring and more inclusive. I hope they will take this experience with them into their adult lives to help engender a culture of acceptance and inclusion.”
The young people who have taken part are from Beacon Hill Academy, Bromfords School, Castledon School, Little Heath School, Oaks Park High School and The Ockendon Academy in Essex; the Surjamuki Project at St Hilda’s East Community Centre in Tower Hamlets; Bradfields Academy in Kent; Hatch End High School and Shaftesbury High School in Middlesex; Milton Keynes Academy, Walnuts College and White Spire School in Milton Keynes.
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For more information/imagery, please contact:
Katee Woods, Create Communications
Tel: 020 7374 8485