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Start date: Feb 28, 2015, End date: Feb 27, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

We aim to build on an established link between three international partners; Mayfield Arts Cork, Rocket Artists Brighton and Kuntswerkplaats Amsterdam in the exploration of the possibilities and innovative approaches of studio based arts programmes. This partnership aims to enhance the learning and development opportunities for adults with learning/developmental disabilities. The partnership will exchange methodologies/approaches and models by using video as a tool to document learner's studio arts practices while also developing the outcomes as a learning resource for the wider public. The Adult Learners will be involved in mobilities, development of ICT and video production skills, online interactions and collaborations. The learning and pedagogical outcomes will be enhanced by the involvement and feedback from the Adult Learners. Objectives: To bring together adult learners with Learning disabilities with a common focus on creativity and inclusion. To create opportunities for learners to present and celebrate their creative abilities and practises and share with an international audience. To share skills and gain new experiences in a supportive environment To explore each individuals creativity and innovative work practices and document for sharing with a wider audience. To create space for inter-cultural interaction and communication. To support learners confidence-building about approaches to learnin Number and profile of participants: There will be 100+ direct and indirect participants over the two year partnership, including staff, artists with learning disabilities and relevant stakeholders. The learners will have demonstrated an interest in the visual arts through their participation in cultural/ education programmes in their home country, -they will have interest in participating in an international learning opportunity. - few of the learners will have had little opportunity to access basic qualifications., or to international learning opportunities We will design the workshop to facilitate learners with a broad spectrum of learning disabilities and will, in cooperation with their organisations, ensure supports are in place to guarantee a quality learning experience. Selection will be based on -the motivation of the learner to engage with the visual arts and to engage in an international learning opportunity -the capacity of the support organisations to support the learner in preparation and to collaborate with families/ carers to ensure adequate supports are provided - adequate provision of information around learners needs given by supporting organisation The core activities will be: -5 day workshop involving all learners and staff, to learn video production, arts skills and digital learning, focusing on visual communication documenting of approaches to learning and work. We will provide Youthpass and Europass for learners. A Video and editing training booklet created as a learning tool which will be made available online to the general public. -Midway meeting to share the work of the group and ongoing progress of partnership. We aim to strengthen the links between each partner while contributing to a joint collaborative video workshop. -Ongoing over 2 years: Each partner works on their individual video pieces, uploading video content to Vimeo/youtube channels Online interacting and collaborating through social media, including a Ning site, developing collaborations online, blog, -Seminar event to disseminate project results - opportunity for learners and staff to share their learning via videos and discussion with the general public. -Production of DVD for distribution on conclusion of the project which will be made available to the general public. Methodolgy to be used: training in video and editing, creating videos of art workshops and learner's studio practices, training learners in digital media and visual communication skills, specifically online interaction of learners through social media. Short description of results: online video channel, learning resource tools, learner's online visual communication and collaboration, Impact invisaged: Highly visual outcomes in creative videos, learning resource tools for the public, promotion of artists with learning disabilities, prospect of further educational and employment opportunities for learners Long term results: Personal benefits to the learners and staff, gaining personal confidence through mobilities and inter cultural experiences. ICT skills enhancement for the learners and staff An opportunity to share existing learning and exposure to new learning. Creating an awareness of innovative work practices and approaches, thus encouraging duplication. Creating an on-line resource that is fully accessible to an international audience. Providing a forum for discussion on topics of learning, innovation and inclusion that is open and accessible. Allowing the opportunity for collaborations and sharing between European partners.
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