Just think. In Birmingham alone there are 7,000 young people with learning disabilities. Extrapolate that to the West Midlands, and then to the whole of England. Individual arts organisations who specialise in work with ypwld can only hope to scratch the surface…but imagine if the whole sector came together to offer quality, boundary-breaking work for ypwld. Just think what an impact we would have.

Is That All There Is? is a timely provocation to reconsider our arts provision for young people with learning disabilities.

How can work with ypwld be made more central and integrated in our organisations? How can we make meaningful change? Over two days we will wrestle with key issues around work with ypwld and be inspired by some of the leading creative practice in this field. We will also learn about where work with ypwld sits within ACE’s Creative Case for Diversity.

Over two days you will:

  • Learn with experienced practitioners
  • Be inspired by leading creative practice in this field
  • Find confidence to develop quality, boundary-breaking art in a range of ways with young people with all kinds of learning disability
  • Have a safe space to honestly articulate your concerns, views and feelings
  • Have time and space to work out a response and action plan to develop your organisation’s practice with ypwld
  • Explore possibilities for future collaborations with other organisations and artists
  • Find a network and support, with guidance on funding

ITATI is accompanied by the CanCanCan Festival, a micro-festival of solo performance work by ypwld.

No matter if you are new to work with ypwld, or have been active in this area for decades, Is That All There Is? will offer inspiration and ideas for future working.

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