‘If your world’s never interesting and always predictable, eventually you will keep your eyes shut and you don’t need to see it because you know exactly what’s going on round about you, you become almost totally desensitised to everything. It’s a kind of learned dis-engagement.’

The Scottish Contemporary Arts Network launched the Art in Action campaign to champion the valuable role visual art plays within communities across Scotland – and to call for stronger recognition of this value when it comes to decision-making.

Art has the power to move us, to look at ourselves and those around us through a different lens – to bring into focus and celebrate different ways of being. Art creates a space to reflect on who we are, it informs a common language, often where none has existed. Artlink’s Ideas Team and sensory work is one of the case studies for the Art in Action campaign. The work creates experiences where we take the time to learn from each other and change happens as a result. It reinforces the message that culture and creativity are not an add-on; that they are part and parcel of how we live our lives.

Watch the film: a film has been produced to accompany the written case study – click here to view.

Read more: the Ideas Team case study can be found here, further press coverage here and an interview for That’s TV with the artists here.

Find out more: The Ripple Effect – research report on the impact of contemporary arts practices on people with profound and multiple learning disabilities by The University of Dundee and Pamis.